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Affiliate Spotlight: Elizabeth Linos on understanding evidence use in government

In this Affiliate Spotlight, Elizabeth Linos, Faculty Director of The People Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, discusses her research interests in understanding the government workforce, improving service delivery, and improving the process of evidence-based policymaking.
Screenshot from Learning Path video with thumbnail video of speaker Laina Sonterblum and slide with text " Learning Objectives. 1) The elements of highly impactful tutoring programs. 2) How to implement these elements into your own tutoring program. 3) How to assess the implementation and impact of your program

New tutoring resource: A learning path for evidence-based tutoring implementation

J-PAL North America and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) created the Implementing Evidence-Based Tutoring for High Impact learning path to give local education agencies and tutoring providers easily accessible information about effective program components and how to...
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Get to know J-PAL North America’s associate directors of policy and research

Kim Dadisman and Cat Darrow, the associate directors of J-PAL North America’s policy & communications and research & training teams, discuss their backgrounds before coming to J-PAL North America, highlights from their work at J-PAL so far, and their top priorities for the year ahead.
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Promoting rigorous, actionable research in maternal and newborn health in the United States

Affiliated researchers Jessica Cohen and Maggie McConnell and our Health Care Delivery Initiative staff highlight the importance of randomized evaluations in maternal and newborn health and discuss future research generation in collaboration with social scientists, clinicians, and policy-makers.
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J-PAL’s use of inclusive language to communicate research results

Inclusive language helps us report research findings with accuracy and increases the accessibility of our communications. In this post, J-PAL North America and J-PAL Global staff describe how our offices strive to use inclusive language throughout our communications.
Headshots of four members of our Homelessness and Housing Stability team: Amanda Lee, Bridget Mercier, Laina Sonterblum, and Caitlyn Ark

J-PAL North America Staff Spotlight: Homelessness & Housing Stability Team

The fourth installment of J-PAL North America's Staff Spotlight series features four staff members who have supported our work to expand the evidence base on strategies to reduce and prevent homelessness and encourage long-term housing stability.
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BAE Incubator partner series, part four: Hamilton Families on giving families agency

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In part four of our Bay Area Evaluation Incubator partner series, Chris Constantine, Director of Data & Evaluation of Hamilton Families reflects on their experiences as an Incubator partner.
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Building research partnerships to address failures to appear for court in Shasta County, part two

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Emily Owens (University of California, Irvine) and Shawn Watts (Shasta County Superior Court) discuss their evaluation on strategies to reduce failure to appear rates and their researcher-practitioner partnership.