About the Quipu Commission

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The Quipu Commission seeks to generate innovative proposals and empirical evidence that the Peruvian government can use to answer key policy questions and design and implement better public policies. It is named after the quipu, a measurement device used by the Incas to keep track of its finances, economy, and demographics, among other areas of its empire.
To achieve this goal, J-PAL – along with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Soluciones Empresariales para la Pobreza (Business Solutions for Poverty; SEP), the Ministerio de Desarrollo e Inclusión Social of Peru (Ministry for Social Development and Inclusion; MIDIS), and the Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas (Ministry of Economics and Finance; MEF) – will bring together academics, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss the most pressing social issues and public policy questions in Peru and develop evidence-based policies that aim at resolving them.

The Quipu Commission’s objectives are to:

  • Identify key questions related to social development and inclusion that have yet to be answered.
  • Identify effective interventions carried out in Peru and in other countries that address the identified policy questions or issues.
  • Diagnose the strengths and shortcomings of current social programs being implemented in Peru.
  • Design innovative interventions or propose modifications to current social programs.
  • Choose viable interventions to implement and to evaluate rigorously.