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Partner Spotlight: Henry Fitts from the City of Rochester, NY on designing and implementing the Bridges to Success program evaluation

Thursday, March 21, 2019, by Henry Fitts

Henry Fitts is the Director of Innovation at the Mayor’s office in Rochester, New York. The City of Rochester has partnered with the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) and J-PAL North America through the State and Local Innovation Initiative to develop and implement a randomized evaluation of the local Bridges to Success program.

We spoke with Henry to learn more about his experience designing and implementing an evaluation... Read More

Why researchers should publish their data

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, by Karl Rubio

There has been a growing research transparency movement within the social sciences to encourage broader data publication. In this blog post we share some background on this movement and recent statistics, key factors for researchers to consider before publishing data, and tools and resources to support data publication efforts. Read More

The overtreatment challenge

The overtreatment challenge: Why are providers prescribing antimalarials to malaria-negative patients?

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, by Carolina Lopez, Anja Sautmann, and Simone Schaner

A critical challenge for developing country health systems is to craft policy that gives individuals with curable diseases like malaria and pneumonia access to potentially lifesaving medical care, while preventing patients from consuming unnecessary medical treatment or getting treated for the wrong illness. Read More

Celebrating International Women’s Day at J-PAL

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, by Akshara Gopalan

With the launch of J-PAL’s Gender Sector last year, we redoubled our efforts to integrate gender and gender-related issues into our work. On International Women’s Day, we’d like to share some of the gender-related work J-PAL and our affiliated researchers have undertaken over the last year. Read More

Building evidence, advancing policy, and impacting lives at the state and local level

Monday, March 4, 2019, by Jacob Binder

Across the United States there has been growing interest among city, county, and state governments to partner with researchers to generate high-quality evidence to inform important policy decisions.

In February 2019, J-PAL North America hosted Building Evidence, Advancing Policy, Impacting Lives, the third annual convening of J-PAL’s State and Local Innovation Initiative, to bring government leaders together on MIT’s campus. Together with academic researchers, funders, and research... Read More

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

Affiliate Spotlight: Seema Jayachandran and Benjamin Olken on promoting inclusivity in development economics

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, by Seema Jayachandran, Benjamin A. Olken, and Evelina Smirnitskaya

Seema Jayachandran and Benjamin Olken are the new Co-Directors of the Development Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In their new roles, they aim to promote diversity in gender, race, and methodology. Read the full Q&A to learn more. Read More