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What the research says on improving women's economic agency and employment outcomes

In this blog, we summarize ongoing research and lessons from randomized evaluations funded by the Gender and Economic Agency (GEA) Initiative and the Jobs and Opportunity Initiative (JOI), which address open questions related to women’s work and economic empowerment.
Rows of houses in the Bay Area in California on a hill in the sunlight

BAE Incubator partner series, part five: Seeking systems-level change to address housing instability

Homelessness in the United States is a pressing issue that requires increased research on effective strategies to address it and foster long-term housing stability. With grant funding from—Google’s philanthropic arm—the Bay Area Evaluation (BAE) Incubator supported Bay Area service...
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Advancing the Agenda in Girls' Education Research

Girls’ education remains a global priority for donors and governments. Many researchers suggest that the research community should coalesce around a set of coherent research priorities to help close gender gaps in education. This article outlines some crucial next steps to advance the research...
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Laura Costica, J-PAL '14, on applying impact evaluations in humanitarian settings

The Alumni Spotlight series highlights J-PAL alumni who are making an impact across industries and around the world. Formerly a research manager at J-PAL Africa, Laura Costica ‘14 now manages monitoring, learning, and evaluation at the IKEA Foundation. She describes her journey from J-PAL to the...
Mass Covid-19 vaccination center in Indonesia

Strengthening Covid-19 immunization demand: Lessons from existing evidence

J-PAL's Health sector co-chairs and staff discuss lessons from evidence for strengthening Covid-19 immunization demand.
J-PAL affiliate Marc Gurgand speaks at a lectern and looks at a row of panelists.

J-PAL Europe launches IDEE to advance evidence generation and use in the French education system

This blog discusses the conference hosted by J-PAL Europe and IDEE in November 2022, which aimed to bring together stakeholders—primarily policymakers, practitioners, and researchers—and increase understanding about how impact evaluations can be used in education settings.
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Agricultural productivity and labor: Evidence and open questions for researchers

This blog offers insights and proposes questions on how farmers in Kenya can best utilize household and hired labor, in addition to agricultural technologies.
Africa African Scholar Spotlight with Japheth Awiti Osotsi Stanley (left) & Carlos Guzman (right)

African Scholar Spotlight: Dr. Japheth Awiti Osotsi Stanley

In this post, Carlos Guzman, finance and operations manager at J-PAL Global, spoke with Dr. Japheth Awiti Osotsi Stanley, a lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Nairobi. Japheth’s primary research interests relate to human capital, labor markets, health, and poverty alleviation.