who conduct impact evaluations using the randomized evaluation (RE) methodology to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. J-PAL affiliates also conduct non-randomized research, and many other people and organizations conduct REs. For a brief history of RE’s journey from clinical trials to agricultural experiments to social programs and poverty alleviation, click
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Since J-PAL’s founding, more than 200 organizations have partnered with a J-PAL affiliate on a RE. Amongst key players in poverty alleviation and development, the idea of REs is now fairly well-known.
Of the top ten U.S. foundations,1 four of the six that work on international development have partnered with a J-PAL affiliate on a RE. These include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.2
Of the top ten multilateral organizations,3 four have partnered with a J-PAL affiliate on a RE (the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Unicef, and the Inter-American Development Bank), and six of the ten have sent staff to J-PAL’s training courses.
Of “The Big Eight” relief organizations,4 Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, CARE, and Oxfam have partnered with a J-PAL affiliate on a RE. The International Rescue Committee is doing REs on its own. And six of the eight have sent staff to J-PAL’s training courses.
A number of research centers have been established with the support or under the direction of J-PAL affiliates. These research centers often run affiliates' REs and employ the staff associated with each RE. These research centers include: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Centre for Microfinance, Center for International Development's Micro-Development Initiative, Center of Evaluation for Global Action, Ideas42, and the Small Enterprise Finance Center.
Private companies also conduct randomized evaluations of social programs. Mathematica Policy Research and Abt Associates are two examples.