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Rigorous evaluations for humanitarian interventions: In conversation with the World Food Programme

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J-PAL Europe recently organised a virtual training on randomised evaluations for nearly 50 representatives of humanitarian organisations with the support of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. The programme featured a presentation from Kristen McCollum, an impact evaluation analyst...
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Alumni Voices: On the front line in the fight against climate change

James Turitto ‘20 (former senior research manager at J-PAL Global) details his mission to document methane emissions in Europe and lobby policymakers to strengthen regulations. He reflects on the critical role of measuring and exposing industrial methane leaks and how skills learned at J-PAL help...
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How can insights from rigorous evidence inform policymaking in the Western Balkans?

This post highlights how rigorous impact evaluations can contribute to this broader reflection, including by examining interventions from neighboring countries outside the region facing similar challenges, such as migrant and refugee inclusion in Bulgaria and Turkey.
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Summer school with J-PAL Europe: Developing skills for building, testing and scaling innovations for development

In July 2021, J-PAL Europe, in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD), hosted a seven-day summer school under the theme of “Innovations for Development,'' designed around the recent launch of France’s Fund for Innovation in Development (FID).
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Juliette Seban, J-PAL ’12, on driving forward development innovation at France’s FID

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As a former research manager at J-PAL Europe, Juliette Seban managed several randomized evaluations while pursuing a PhD in development economics. Juliette is now the executive director of France’s new Fund for Innovation in Development (FID). She reflects on her PhD experience, her work at J-PAL...
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Q&A with affiliate Michela Carlana on an online tutoring program to address Covid-19-induced educational inequalities

Following the shift to online instruction across Italian schools in March 2020, J-PAL affiliates Michela Carlana (Harvard University) and Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University) rapidly launched an online tutoring program to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds who were lagging behind during...
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Alumni Voices from Government: Axelle Charpentier '14, French Ministry of Education

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Formerly a research manager at J-PAL Europe, Axelle Charpentier '14 now leads education policy and practice research at the French Ministry of Education. She describes her journey from J-PAL to government in this post in the Alumni Voices from Government series.
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¿Qué hemos aprendido de la evaluación rigurosa de políticas sociales en Europa?

Los investigadores afiliados a la red de J-PAL han conducido más de ochenta evaluaciones aleatorias de programas y políticas sociales, algunas de estas aún en curso, en veinte países de Europa, con un enfoque particular en los ámbitos educativo y laboral.