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Announcing the Innovation in Government Initiative

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, by Samantha Carter, Samantha Friedlander, Siena Harlin, and Claire Walsh

Today we are announcing J-PAL’s Innovation in Government Initiative (IGI). IGI’s mission is to work with governments to adapt, pilot, and scale evidence-informed innovations with the potential to improve the lives of millions of people living in poverty in developing countries.

For more than a decade, J-PAL has built long-term partnerships with governments around the world to increase the use of evidence from randomized evaluations in policy, and adapt... Read More

Committing to a randomized evaluation: The scariest and smartest thing we ever did

Thursday, January 31, 2019, by Shane DeRolf

My name is Shane DeRolf.

I am the founder and CEO of Big Word Club, a digital learning company committed to improving the vocabularies of every kid in America.

It all started about twenty-five years ago when I quit my job to pursue a dream.

That dream was to create great media that helped kids think, learn and grow.

Here’s what those twenty-five years felt like…

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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

Creating a culture of evidence use in Latin America | J-PAL report

New J-PAL Report: Creating a Culture of Evidence Use in Latin America

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, by Samantha Carter, Samantha Friedlander, Julu Beth Katticaran, Claudia Macías, Edoardo Trimarchi, and Claire Walsh

It’s easy to talk about increasing the use of evidence in policy—but what does it take to do this in practice? What are some first steps governments can take to build a culture of using data and evidence in decision-making? What role can researchers and practitioners play in supporting these efforts?

Our new J-PAL report, “Creating a Culture of Evidence Use: Lessons from J-PAL’s Government Partnerships in Latin America,” tackles... Read More

Recap of Financial Inclusion Week Twitter chat: Getting digital inclusion right

Friday, December 7, 2018, by Mikaela Rabb

Globally, 1.7 billion adults remain unbanked without an account at a financial institution or mobile money provider according to the World Bank’s Global Findex 2017 report. Yet, two thirds of these unbanked adults have a mobile phone, making digital technology a great opportunity to broaden financial inclusion.

On October 31st, J-PAL’s Finance sector and the Center for Effective Global Action’s Digital Credit Observatory hosted a Twitter chat... Read More

How do we achieve affordable, quality health care? Follow the evidence.

Thursday, December 6, 2018, by Darshak Sanghavi, MD

This is a guest post from Darshak Sanghavi of OptumLabs.

As a pediatrician, a health policy director, and now as a chief medical officer, I’ve dedicated my career to improving health outcomes. Through this journey, I’ve been continually inspired by new ways to improve health at scale, and by the important role that rigorous evidence and partnerships can play to improve population health. 

In 2016 I worked within the... Read More

Moving from evidence to policy change

Thursday, November 8, 2018, by Iqbal Dhaliwal and Benjamin Olken

Today we launch an expanded section of our website called Evidence to Policy, which explores how J-PAL affiliated researchers and staff, along with government and NGO partners, have drawn on evidence produced by randomized evaluations to inform policy changes around the world.

The new section includes 17 case studies from J-PAL’s broad body of experience learning how evidence can be applied. We think these examples are particularly illustrative of... Read More

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