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Courses and Training

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From Goa to New Hampshire, staff trainings build research capacity

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, by Michael Gibson and Clare Sachsse

Since 2003, J-PAL has hosted more than 305 training courses and trained more than 2,600 people. These trainings fulfill one goal of J-PAL’s Research, Education, and Training team—to share best practices with the research staff of our affiliated researchers and partner organizations who are building a body of rigorous evidence on effective ways to reduce poverty. Week-long research staff trainings teach new techniques, share best practices, and provide opportunities for research staff to network and troubleshoot with one another. Read More

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2018 in review: A letter from our Executive Director

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, by Iqbal Dhaliwal

I am often asked during the year “how are things at J-PAL?” My frank reply usually is “busy, but good busy!” As the new year begins, I’d like to share a few things that made 2018 “good busy” for J-PAL, and a few more that we’re excited about in 2019. Read More

Opening doors for refugee learners: Meet Ruba

Friday, December 7, 2018, by Lauren Benner

This is a guest post from Lauren Benner of the MIT Refugee Action Hub.

More than 68.5 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and stability. A majority of these refugees face long-term displacement. Most will not have the opportunity to return home for 7-20 years.

For many, this is an entire childhood or young adulthood spent in... Read More

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Applying lessons from the MicroMasters—together—in Botswana

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, by Hannah Blair and Efua Bortsie

This is a guest post from Hannah Blair and Efua Bortsie at Young 1ove, a youth-focused NGO that scales evidence-based programming in health and education in Botswana.

Young 1ove was born out of evidence.

Our first program, “No Sugar,” was inspired by a 1-hour class that a randomized trial by a J-PAL affiliate showed could significantly reduce teenage pregnancy—also a proxy for unprotected... Read More

Cultivating partnerships between health care practitioners and researchers

Thursday, June 28, 2018, by Spencer Crawford

“Trust and communication lay the foundation for a good working relationship,” shared Aaron Truchil of Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers (CCHP) with over 40 audience members, including academics and innovators in health care delivery.

Truchil’s keynote address—referencing his organization’s partnership with J-PAL affiliated researchers to evaluate CCHP’s care management program—kicked off this year’s Health Care Delivery Initiative (HCDI) workshop.

The workshop brought together researchers and... Read More

Why enroll in the MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy?

Friday, June 8, 2018, by Norman Simon Rodriguez

This is a guest post authored by Norman Simon Rodriguez, a MicroMasters learner in Colombia.

I am a 26-year-old Colombian political scientist with a master’s degree in Economics. I first became interested in development in 2012 when, as part of my work as an advisor in the Colombian Senate, I came across the Spanish translation of Poor Economics

The book was a revelation for me. It made me... Read More

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Bringing together policymakers and practitioners to shift cultural norms toward evaluation

Thursday, March 8, 2018, by Todd Hall

Implementing randomized evaluations and evidence-based policy often involves a culture shift—from fear of failure to embrace of learning, from program-centric to person-centric, and from services-oriented to outcomes-oriented.

As Linda Gibbs, a principal at Bloomberg Associates and senior fellow at Results for America, shared with an audience representing government, social services, and academia, “When you do this, you have to know some things aren’t going to work. You’ve got to acknowledge... Read More

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