About J-PAL Europe

J-PAL Europe, based at the Paris School of Economics, leads J-PAL’s work in Europe. J-PAL Europe conducts randomized evaluations, builds partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helps partners scale up effective programs.

With a network of affiliated professors based across Europe and beyond, we partner with governments and civil society actors to conduct rigorous impact evaluations of social programs in Europe. We also work with J-PAL offices around the globe to help inform the work of European development actors.

Policy

A dedicated policy team works to distill and disseminate the main lessons and policy implications from completed research to help bring evidence to bear upon Europe’s most pressing social issues.

Capacity Building

Our training team organizes online courses, trainings, and customized workshops for policymakers and program implementers on the use of randomized evaluations, and also contributes to building the capacity of researchers across Europe.

Research

Our research spans many sectors, with a focus on education, labor, and issues related to migration. In education, our research explores how European governments and NGOs can work to improve access to and provide delivery of high-quality education. This includes a series of evaluations showing the effectiveness of parental involvement in promoting children’s success in school, which led to a decision by the French Ministry of Education to expand the program to all public schools in the country. A recent series of evaluations run in partnership with the Turkish Ministry of Education to improve non-cognitive skills have also contributed to a Ministry decision to launch a similar program in primary and post-primary schools.

Our work on labor market and related interventions evaluates what works to get Europe’s unemployed back into the workforce, to ease young people’s transitions into the working world, and provide the skills entrepreneurs need to succeed. Some examples of past work include measuring the impact of an intensive career-counseling program and of anonymous CVs in France, a series of studies on labor market programs in Denmark, and examining the effect of offering access to credit to under-qualified microcredit applicants in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

European Social Inclusion Initiative

In 2019, we launched the European Social Inclusion Initiative, a research and policy initiative that aims to answer some of the most pressing questions in Europe today related to the inclusion of migrants and refugees. The first round of funded evaluations are expected to launch in early 2020.