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Michael Eddy, J-PAL ‘10, on using evidence to support high-impact organizations

We caught up with Michael Eddy, formerly of the research teams at J-PAL South Asia and J-PAL Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). After an exciting early career in results-based financing and social impact investing, Michael now advises major foundations, aid organizations, and social enterprises...
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Caitlin Tulloch, J-PAL ‘13, on innovation in cost-effectiveness analyses and building effective policy partnerships

Caitlin Tulloch joined J-PAL Global in 2009, where she played a central role in building the infrastructure for our policy efforts, establishing our approach to cost-effectiveness analysis, and building partnerships with policymakers. Now the associate director of Best Use of Resources at the...
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Adapting to a changing world

J-PAL Global Executive Director Iqbal Dhaliwal reflects on 2020 and how J-PAL will continue to build on lessons learned during this challenging year in his annual letter.
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The challenges of childcare in a pandemic and the impact on women’s work

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, 99 percent of the world’s 2.36 billion children faced some restrictions on movement, and 60 percent faced lockdown measures. With many schools and daycare facilities closed, who is taking care of the children?
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Increasing adherence to COVID-19 guidelines: Lessons from rigorous evidence

As COVID-19 vaccines become ready for widespread administration, take-up of other preventive measures still remains critical. J-PAL health sector co-chairs and staff discuss some general lessons from the evidence for increasing uptake of healthy behaviors and improving the delivery of health...
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J-PAL North America's reflections on 2020

J-PAL North America Executive Director Mary Ann Bates reflects on the last year in this post.
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Affiliate Spotlight: Kelsey Jack

J-PAL affiliate Kelsey Jack is leading a movement of climate-focused research within development economics and poverty alleviation through her own research and as co-chair of the King Climate Action Initiative.
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Reflecting on J-PAL’s Jobs and Opportunity Initiative’s first year

Quality employment is one of the many ways people can graduate from poverty. Yet, unemployment remains is a problem that has only become more salient through the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of 2020, the Jobs and Opportunity Initiativehas funded more than twenty projects that seek to answer...