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Participants at J-PAL SEA’s public dissemination, Challenging Perceptions on Child Marriage among Teenage Girls in Indonesia: A Randomized Experiment.

Understanding the hidden factors influencing child marriage: Lessons from an impact evaluation

In an effort to reduce child marriage, the Indonesian government has implemented various programs utilizing video-based information campaigns to drive behavioral change. Despite the widespread use of video campaigns, there is not rigorous evidence on their effectiveness. In this post, the J-PAL...
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Improving mental health in low- and middle-income settings: Key findings from rigorous research

Mental health conditions are prevalent worldwide, especially among people living in poverty. In 2017, an estimated 10.7 percent of the global population had at least one mental health disorder. Meanwhile, access to services remains low even for those who seek care. Evidence on how to close this...
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Setting up international research collaborations for success

International research collaborations—those composed of principal investigator (PI) teams based in different countries—are increasingly common and have the potential to strengthen the capacity of research teams and the quality of research projects. As with any research collaboration, successful...
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At Yale, scholars and policymakers unite to improve state Medicaid program

  • Mike Cummings
On a recent morning, administrators of Connecticut’s Medicaid program visited Yale’s Tobin Center for Economic Policy for a brainstorming session. The meeting marked the beginning of a unique partnership between the State of Connecticut, the Tobin Center, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action...
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Researching racial equity: Stratification economics

In this blog post—part of a larger series on research and racial equity—Dania Francis (UMass Boston), a researcher in the J-PAL network, provides an overview of stratification economics and how the tenets of this framework can be applied to impact evaluations.
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Tutoring Evaluation Accelerator: Building partnerships to accelerate learning

J-PAL North America announces a new partnership with Accelerate to launch the Tutoring Evaluation Accelerator, which aims to support ten tutoring providers from Accelerate’s Call to Effective Action to implement data-driven programs and generate critical evidence on tutoring.
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DEDP Alumni Spotlight: Pursuing research around the world while staying connected to the J-PAL community

Since the inaugural 2020 cohort, 66 graduates of the DEDP program have earned their master’s degrees, and the current cohort will graduate in September 2023 to join the alumni community. We caught up with a few of our alumni who are PhD students to learn about their work, goals, and journeys from...
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Building research partnerships to understand the promises of Summer Youth Employment Programs, part two

In the second of a two-part blog series, Judd Kessler (University of Pennsylvania), Sara Heller (University of Michigan), and Julia Breitman (New York City Department of Youth and Community Development) discuss their research partnership to evaluate summer youth employment programs and integrating...