Private Sector Engagement Evidence Gap Map named a top resource for 2021 by USAID-supported Marketlinks

Author: Heather Asiala

The Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Evidence Gap Map — a tool created for USAID by the Pulte Institute’s Evidence and Learning Division, with additional support provided by Notre Dame's Center for Research Computing, Purdue University, and Catholic Relief Services — has been named a top resource for 2021 by the USAID-supported Marketlinks platform. 

The tool was listed as one of the top three resources accessed from the Marketlinks Resource Library during 2021. The library has over 1,800 market-led development tools, training, primers, and other practical market systems development and economic growth resources available for development professionals. 

Launched in June 2020, the Evidence Gap Map consolidates what is known about PSE to help organizations make evidence-based, informed decisions when engaging the private sector. The tool provides users with a living resource, allowing users to search for documents by filtering for criteria such as region, country, and sector. The research team, led by the Pulte Institute's Paul Perrin and Jaclyn Biedronski, is continuing to add evidence resources to the Evidence Gap Map, including through a new partnership with the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Affairs.

The Marketlinks platform, which is supported by USAID’s Center for Economics and Market Development in the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation, is designed to share good practice in market systems development around the world. The site enables users to consume and contribute content along a spectrum of issues, from pathways out of poverty to mobilizing private capital, market facilitation to models for reaching scale. 

The Evidence Gap Map is just one in a series of tools created as part of a multi-year buy-in from USAID LASER PULSE.  Click here to learn more about the Pulte Institute's involvement in USAID's PSE project.