Our mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. We do this through research, policy outreach, and training.

This is an image of a photo collage, with two photos side by side. In the left photo, a girl stands in purple shirt and white head scarf, smiling and looking away from the camera. In the right photo, a boy stands outside in snow wearing jeans and a red sweatshirt, looking at the camera and smiling.
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Yhdessä (Together): Creating documentary photography on inclusion and friendship in Finnish schools

We embarked on a documentary photography project to capture the people and activities behind a Finnish primary school intervention aimed at fostering social inclusion in schools. Our aim was to showcase the crucial role of visual storytelling in human-centered research and policymaking.

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J-PAL and MIT’s Master of Applied Science in Data, Economics, and Design of Policy program adds a Public Policy Track

This expansion adds a new Public Policy Track to complement the existing International Development Track, opening up new avenues for student learning and research. Designed to tackle poverty alleviation and other pressing policy challenges in the United States and other high-income countries, the curriculum of the new track spans a diverse set of issues, from domestic concerns like minimum wage and consumer welfare to global matters including trade, climate change, and immigration. 
A woodchipper with 'Fire District 3' written on it working on by a road.
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Building research partnerships to address wildfire risk in Jackson County, Oregon

Deputy Director of the Western Fire Chiefs Association Chief Bob Horton and researchers Judson Boomhower (UC San Diego) and Patrick Baylis (University of British Columbia) discuss their research partnership to evaluate a program encouraging households to take up wildfire prevention practices.

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African Scholar Spotlight: Toyin Samuel Olowogbon

This post is part of our ongoing series showcasing the work and perspectives of economists from the African continent who are leading randomized evaluations. This post features Toyin Samuel Olowogbon, an agricultural economist at the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Empowerment and a postdoctoral...