As the blueprint of the Institute's research program, the PIDS research agenda is examined and updated every five years to reflect new and emerging development issues. It is anchored on long-term visioning, which is more suitable than a medium-term plan as it will help the government respond to new or potential problems. Among the areas added in the new agenda include geopolitics, metropolitan issues, infrastructure, industrial policies, SMEs, conditional cash transfer and social protection, and political economy. A section also provides specific recommendations on how to enhance the Institute's research-related and policy advocacy activities, such as adopting a multidisciplinary approach in studying policy issues, strengthening its knowledge management functions, laymanizing research, and leading the government in conducting impact evaluation of development policies, programs, and interventions. Work on the research agenda was carried out by a committee chaired by Dr. Felipe Medalla, with Dr. Arsenio Balisacan and Prof. Allan Benedict Bernardo as members.
You may view or download the PDF file here: PIDS Research Agenda 2010-2014