Research Programs: Policy Assessment

Implementing Evidence-Based Policy Making in Japan

Project Leader/Sub-Leader


OHTAKE Fumio (Faculty Fellow)



In "Promoting Evidence-Based Policies in Japan" and "Establishing Evidence-Based Policy Making in Japan," which preceded this research project, we have examined measures to promote evidence-based policy making (EBPM) in Japan. EBPM has also been promoted by the national and local governments since 2017. While the dissemination of advanced case studies from the U.S., U.K., and other countries has made progress in Japan, there are still issues that need to be addressed, such as (1) how to incorporate EBPM into existing policy formation and evaluation in Japan, (2) how to resolve issues surrounding data limitations, and (3) how to promote EBPM in individual projects.

In this project, we will first conduct research on how to establish EBPM in Japan. Specifically, while conducting research on overseas case studies, we will determine the relationship between EBPM and existing policy making, policy evaluation, and administrative business review, and propose ideal directions for its establishment. Second, we will clarify the issues surrounding data constraints and propose solutions. Third, we will create individual cases of EBPM in education, environment and energy, and economic and industrial policy.

In order to spread the above-mentioned results to researchers, policy makers, and the world at large, we will hold research meetings on a regular basis and disseminate research results through symposia, BBL seminars, and columns.

July 19, 2021 - December 31, 2024

(During the research project period, the research activity period is set from July 19, 2021 to June 30, 2024, and the data usage reporting period is set from July 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024.)

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers