BTI has undertaken policy and program reviews either as an objective of a study or as a major component of a study to attain its objectives. Its Strategic Review of the Food and Nutrition Situation in the Philippines included analysis of adverse policies (e.g. rice and agriculture products production and trade) and programs (e.g. agricultural commodities, school feeding, etc.). Quantitative models such as the Agricultural Multi-Market Model for Policy Evaluation, PRCGEM, and Agglomeration Model are useful tools for policy review. PRCGEM helps determine the economy-wide implications of regional development policies and regional differences in impacts of economy-wide policies.
The review of sector programs of government, private sector and non-government organizations using quantitative (e.g. regression) and qualitative tools (e.g. case studies) is a standard feature in BTI’s project implementation design. For instance, it reviewed poverty programs for the Operational Framework for Rural Poverty Reduction and the Study on the Root Causes of Poverty in Calabarzon Region; and developed an effectiveness evaluation tool for the Study to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Private Sector Representatives in the Regional Development Councils.
Policy and program advocacy is an inherent and standard component of BTI’s project design. It advocates for its policy recommendations through the conduct of forums (e.g. Mindanao Policy Forums), publication (e.g. Food and Nutrition Report), and presentations to public and government officials.