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What works to enhance women’s agency: Lessons from a new literature review

In honor of International Women’s Day this week, we are highlighting insights from a new literature review of the most effective approaches to improving women's agency and sharing ideas for further research.
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Celebrating a milestone: 1,000 randomized evaluations by J-PAL affiliates

J-PAL reaches another milestone this month: Our affiliates have collectively conducted over 1,000 randomized evaluations. From the early days of the deworming and Balsakhi evaluations to the frontier of climate change and social protection research, J-PAL affiliates, our staff, and our partners have...
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How J-PAL's Evaluating Social Programs course catalyzed a new approach to impact evaluation in Virginia

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  • Massey Whorley
In this guest post, Massey Whorley, Director of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives at the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), shares insights from attending J-PAL’s Evaluating Social Programs Course and how it informed current efforts to design and implement randomized evaluations of...
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Strengthening the Egyptian education system: A recap from the Global Evidence for Egypt spotlight seminar on education

The J-PAL Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Initiative, housed within the American University in Cairo (AUC) School of Business, hosted a seminar on “Strengthening the Egyptian Education System to Better Reach Marginalized Children and Youth: What We Can Learn from Randomized Evaluations” at AUC...
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Recapping Nobel Week 2019

Our co-founders Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, with longtime J-PAL affiliate Michael Kremer, were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on December 10, 2019. In the week leading up to the award ceremony, the laureates delivered lectures on their award-winning research and...
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"Unlocking the file drawer" to ensure research results—even null results—are shared

When a study is not published in an academic journal, how can we ensure its results, even null results, are still reported—instead of remaining inaccessible in a (metaphorical) file drawer?
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Informing shifts in policy: Reflections on a long-run impact evaluation of a community block grant program in Indonesia

Creating good policies is a complex and dynamic process. A program can be evaluated, found to improve people’s lives, and be scaled up. However, in the longer run, these programs interact with other policies, contexts change, and policymakers are in constant need of new information and evidence to...
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Take practical steps to de-identifying and publishing research data with J-PAL’s new guides

We are pleased to announce the publication of two new methods guides to de-identifying and publishing research data. These guides draw on J-PAL’s experience of publishing research data on randomized evaluations in the social sciences for more than a decade. They provide practical advice for students...