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32 years of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence: An Evidence-Based Call to UNITE!

In the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) and intimate-partner violence (IPV), which disproportionately affect women and girls, involving men in the violence prevention may be the key to the puzzle. Many of the conventional approaches to addressing GBV and IPV have been through programs that...
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The role of health economics in addressing poverty and building better policy

J-PAL staff sat down with Matt Notowidigdo (University of Chicago), Co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America, and Tal Gross (Boston University) to examine their new book's approach to health economics and the impact of randomized evaluations on their understanding of the health care system...
Ahmed Elsayed speaking at Global Evidence for Egypt Conference at the American University in Cairo.

20 for 20: Bringing global evidence to drive change for child and adolescent wellbeing in Egypt with UNICEF

  • Lina Nabarawy
This is the seventh post of J-PAL’s 20 for 20: Partner Voices blog series, where we showcase stories of results and impact with our partners to celebrate our twentieth anniversary. Read on to learn how J-PAL Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) partnership with UNICEF Egypt helps bring greater use...
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LEVER Partner Spotlight: Ricardo Basurto-Dávila on the County of San Diego’s research priorities and culture of learning

In this Partner Spotlight series, J-PAL North America and Results for America highlight the government leaders and decision-makers who are harnessing data, evaluation, and evidence to advance economic mobility via our Leveraging Evaluation and Evidence for Equitable Recovery (LEVER) programming...
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Strengthening capacity for evidence generation: J-PAL’s evaluation incubators

This is the fourth blog in a series illustrating stories of how J-PAL’s training courses have built new policy and research partnerships and strengthened existing ones to advance evidence-informed decision-making. The first blog in the series highlights two meaningful examples from J-PAL’s...
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Rigorously evaluating cash transfer programs in the United States: Considerations, challenges, and future research questions

In September 2023, researchers conducting randomized evaluations of cash transfer programs in the United States gathered at Duke University to discuss their ongoing and completed research projects. In this post, we highlight key takeaways from these conversations.
J-PAL staff (left-to-right) Jatnna Amador, Laina Sonterblum, and Cordelia Kwon sit at a table while J-PAL North America Co-Scientific Director Matt Notowidgdo stands at a podium next to a slide show that reads “Using inclusive and asset-based communication in research.”

Researching racial equity: Integrating inclusive and asset-based communication throughout the research cycle

In part five of J-PAL North America’s researching racial equity blog series, we recapitulate our workshop on inclusive and asset-based communication in research, recently delivered at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s (APPAM) 2023 annual conference.
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Celebrating 20 years of J-PAL and looking to the future

On November 3, we hosted an event at MIT in Cambridge, MA, that brought together a diverse group of partners to reflect on two decades of progress and look to the future. The event showcased perspectives of people engaging directly with evidence-informed policies, featuring program participants and...