J-PAL Africa, which is based at the University of Cape Town, supports researchers running randomized evaluations in Africa, conducts trainings to build capacity in understanding and running randomized evaluations, and works with policymakers to help them leverage rigorous evidence to make policies more effective and scale up the most promising programs.
Please join us on October 27 for the second in a series of webinars about Pratham’s teaching at the right level (TaRL), a methodology that has been shown, through rigorous evaluations, to consistently improve basic reading and numeracy skills. This session will focus on Assessment, with presentations on the ASER tool, contextualizing the tool for Africa, and assessment-driven classroom action.
Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton) is working on an ongoing randomized evaluation in Benin on the impacts of supplementary math teachers, funded by J-PAL’s Post-Primary Education Initiative. “We hope that this program will inspire parents to invest more in their daughters’ education, and that girls learn the cognitive and non-cognitive skills needed to cope with adolescence and do well in math.”
MIT News covers J-PAL leadership's paper "The Generalizability Paper," which sets out a framework for bringing a successful program to scale in a new setting.
The latest J-PAL Bulletin analyzes results from three randomized evaluations of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs in the United States and Liberia. Researchers found that CBT helped young men become more focused on the future, reducing criminal and violent behavior and increasing graduation rates when delivered in school.
There are 261 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations in 28 countries in Africa.
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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 19 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 17 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 17 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 18 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 20 hours ago.