The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Hundreds of millions of people across the developing world have benefited from evidence-based innovation. However, the link between research and policy change and concrete impact for the lives of the poor is complex and rarely follows a linear path. Executive Director Rachel Glennerster shares lessons learned for moving from effective research to action from J-PAL’s nearly two decades of work.
Researchers re-examined data from previous studies in Ghana, India, and Sri Lanka to better understand the impact of credit and cash grant variations on micro-enterprise profits. Their results suggest that the gender gap in micro-enterprise performance was not due to ability, but rather to women’s financial resources often being redirected to their husbands’ businesses.
J-PAL and MIT recently announced the launch of a full master’s degree program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy that combines online learning and one semester of residential instruction at MIT. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will be sponsoring scholarship opportunities for seven learners from sub-Saharan Africa to attend this program.
Distributing water cisterns in northeast Brazil led to fewer requests for private benefits from local politicians and fewer votes for incumbent mayors, who typically have more resources to engage in clientelism. Marco Gonzalez-Navarro and J-PAL's Latin America & Caribbean office are now working with the Climate Policy Initiative to support the Ministry of Social Development to design and implement an evaluation of the second deployment of cisterns.
863 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations in 80 countries
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- Teachers work hard every day to help kids learn - but sometimes, children who can't keep up get left behind. What if we helped teachers customize lessons to each student's learning level? The short answer: When done right, it works. The Teaching at the Right Level approach, led by Pratham in India, has been so successful that we're working with Pratham and partners like USAID to help adapt it to a new context: Zambia. Learn more about how Teaching at the Right Level works - and tag a dedicated educator you know below. https://www.povertyactionlab.org/scale-ups/remedial-education. 1 day 5 hours ago.
- What have we learned about taking innovative policies and programs to scale? For one thing, keep an open mind: It's hard to predict innovation. https://www.povertyactionlab.org/blog/11-15-17/when-do-innovation-and-evidence-change-lives. (Know an innovator who can relate? Tag them below!) 3 days 3 hours ago.
- J-PAL Africa is hiring a Research Associate with STATA/R skills, to be based in Johannesburg. Know someone who might be a good fit? Tag them below! https://www.povertyactionlab.org/careers/research-associate-j-pal-africa-102344 4 days 3 hours ago.
- Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) shared their event. Join us in December for our next Data, Decisions, Public Policy talk! 4 days 4 hours ago.
- Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) added an event. Although health outcomes in less developed countries are improving, many poor people around the world still do not benefit from essential health products. An estimated two-thirds of child deaths could be prevented with increased coverage of products such as vaccines, point-of-use water treatment, iron fortification, and insecticide-treated bednets. In this talk, Stanford's Pascaline Dupas will discuss how the design of subsidies matters for maximizing coverage of preventive health products, and will share recent evidence from randomized evaluations around the globe that point toward new approaches to preventive health. 4 days 6 hours ago.