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Measuring the impact of information on mayors' policy decisions: Evidence from Brazil

Monday, November 25, 2019, by Jonas Hjort, Diana Moreira, Gautam Rao, and Juan Francisco Santini

In recent decades, we’ve seen enormous growth in the number of program evaluations to measure the impacts of various government policies, NGO programs, and other implementers’ work.

Our own experience, along with the work of evidence-to-policy organizations like J-PAL, EPoD, and IPA, suggests that there is demand for evidence among policymakers (see J-PAL’s case studies for some examples). However, we have little empirical evidence on... Read More

Government partnerships for the design of evidence-based policies in education in Latin America

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, by David Alzate and Christopher Neilson

Despite large advances in school enrollment over the last decade, approximately 262 million children, adolescents, and youth between the ages of 6 and 17 are still out of school, according to UNESCO. In Latin America and elsewhere, school dropout is a key obstacle to universal school attendance: in the region, 15.5 percent of students dropped out during their time in primary school in 2016. Read More

Government partnerships for the design of evidence-based policies in education in Latin America

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, by David Alzate and Christopher Neilson

Despite large advances in school enrollment over the last decade, approximately 262 million children, adolescents, and youth between the ages of 6 and 17 are still out of school, according to UNESCO. In Latin America and elsewhere, school dropout is a key obstacle to universal school attendance: in the region, 15.5 percent of students dropped out during their time in primary school in 2016. 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

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Translating global evidence on violence prevention to the Mexican context

Friday, November 2, 2018, by Isabel Mejía Fontanot and Max Mendez-Beck

The Latin America region suffers disproportionately from criminal violence. According to the Igarapé Institute’s Homicide Monitor, 16 out of the 20 countries with the highest homicide rates worldwide are located in the region. This includes Mexico, which has one of the highest homicide counts in the world—recording over 30,000 murders in 2017.

While much of this violence has been attributed to the rise of organized crime... Read More

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Affiliate Spotlight: Craig McIntosh on engines for economic mobility

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, by Hanna Juergens and Craig McIntosh

Craig McIntosh is a professor of economics in the international relations school at the University of California, San Diego and Co-Chair of J-PAL’s Agriculture sector. He has been a J-PAL affiliate since 2013.

How did you become interested in development economics?

I was a high school exchange student in Nakuru, Kenya for a year in the late eighties. Every one of my brothers, uncles, and cousins in my... Read More

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Developing an ed-tech agenda in Latin America

Monday, September 24, 2018, by Ana Carolina Mendoza

Technology is increasingly opening up new and promising opportunities to improve educational achievement in schools. Governments in Latin America are investing significant resources to adopt education technologies, or ed tech, with the promise of improving learning outcomes. Some of these investments are not evidence-based and risk wasting public resources with ineffective approaches. Despite this, there is strong demand among some actors for data and evidence.

At J-PAL Latin America & the Caribbean... Read More

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