The Bihar Development Conference
Bihar, India • 15 January 2010
The Bihar Development Conference, jointly organized by J-PAL South Asia and the Government of Bihar, India, was aimed at identifying policy priorities in the state of Bihar and discussing ways to use evidence from J-PAL’s research to answer pressing questions about development.
J-PAL Africa Launch Conference
Cape Town, South Africa • 17 January 2011
This one-day conference marked the launch of J-PAL’s regional office for Africa at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and brought together more than 120 researchers, policymaker and development practitioners from 23 countries across Africa to present and discuss findings from rigorous evaluations of social programs and their practical applications to pressing social problems in Africa.
Compass Commission Final Report Conference
Santiago, Chile • 10 March 2011
In 2010, J-PAL was asked by the Chilean Ministry of Planning to convene a commission of experts to help identify the major social policy challenges in Chile, and to propose innovative programs that could be evaluated using randomized impact evaluations. At a conference on March 10th of 2011, J-PAL presented the Final Report of the Compass Commission to the Ministry of Planning.
Social Experimentation in Action
Brussels, Belgium • 18 May, 2011
The EU’s platform against poverty and social exclusion proposes encouraging innovation in social policy, in order to develop successful solutions for post-crisis Europe. This conference presented general principles and practicalities of running this kind of evaluation, as well as discussing various challenges with the participants.
Impact Evaluation of Governance Programs Workshop
Lilongwe, Malawi • 14-15 December, 2011
The goal of this workshop was to familiarize participants in the use of randomized impact evaluations and other impact evaluation methodologies, particularly within the context of governance programs, and to communicate some of the evidence and lessons learned from randomized evaluations of governance programs in different contexts.
Evidence-Based Education: Policy-Making and Reform in Africa
Accra, Ghana • 14-15 May, 2012
The conference brought together international and African researchers and policymakers to share results from rigorous randomized evaluations of education programs, and to discuss how to apply what we have learned to ensure access to quality education across Africa.
Evidence on Youth Unemployment: Workshop for the Danish Labour Market Authority
Paris, France • 16 May 2012
In May 2012, J-PAL's regional office in Europe hosted twenty-eight representatives from the Danish Labour Market Authority at Sciences Po in Paris, where J-PAL affiliates presented the results of evaluations related to youth unemployment in France.
USI South Asia Matchmaking Conference
Colombo, Sri Lanka • 18-19 July, 2012
The Colombo conference brought together researchers and practitioners active in urban service delivery (particularly water, sanitation, and hygiene) throughout South Asia. The aim of the conference was to stimulate discussion on innovative micro-solutions to the need for better urban public services, and what collaboration opportunities might exist between the researchers and practitioners.
Evidence-Based Programming in Early Grade Reading
New Delhi, India • 26 July, 2012
J-PAL's South Asia regional office, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) India Mission Office, organized a one-day workshop to explore how evidence on what works can be incorporated to design more effective programs to improve early grade reading outcomes in India.
Impact and Policy Conference: Evidence in Governance, Financial Inclusion, and Entrepreneurship
Bangkok, Thailand • August 30 - September 1, 2012
The Asian Development Bank, in conjunction with Innovations for Poverty
Action and J-PAL, hosted the Impact and Policy Conference to share
findings in three areas of development: Financial Inclusion, Governance
and Post-Conflict Recovery, and Small and Medium Enterprise Development.
USI Africa Matchmaking Conference
Cape Town, Africa • January 10 - 12, 2013
J-PAL hosted the second regional matchmaking conference for its Urban Services Initiative (USI) at Cape Town, South Africa from January 10 – 12, 2013. The conference brought together researchers and practitioners active in urban service delivery (particularly water, sanitation, and hygiene or WSH) throughout Africa. The aim of the conference was to stimulate discussion on innovations that can help improve the access to WSH services for the urban poor, and what collaboration opportunities might exist between the researchers and practitioners.
Evidence to Action: Promoting Global Development in a Changing Climate
Berkeley, California • April 25, 2013
On April 25, J-PAL joined its partner organization the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at UC Berkeley in co-hosting “Evidence to Action: Promoting Global Development in a Changing Climate.” The symposium highlighted new research on the impact and cost-effectiveness of innovative climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in developing countries. It also featured talks by policymakers who are using these findings to improve environment and energy policy.
Kigali, Rwanda • May 21-22, 2013
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of Rwanda hosted a Decision Science Symposium with J-PAL to consider how to maximize the effectiveness of policies and programs in Rwanda by drawing on evidence from hundreds of randomized evaluations already conducted in countries around the world. Over 80 government officials attended the two-day event in Kigali. The event marks the start of an ongoing collaboration between the Government of Rwanda and J-PAL.