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Implementation challenges of an impact assessment: The ATEMA project in Puerto Rico

Olgamary Rivera and Alina Amador discuss the implementation of the Technology Application in Mathematics Teaching (Aplicación de la Tecnología en la Enseñanza de las Matemáticas, or ATEMA) program in Puerto Rico.
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Mary Ann Bates, J-PAL ‘21, on shaping the use of data and evidence in federal and state government

This installment of our Alumni Spotlight series features Mary Ann Bates, former executive director of J-PAL North America, and currently the executive director of the State of California’s Cradle-to-Career System.
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Diversifying economics, part three: The Minnesota Center for Diversity in Economics on its history, impact, and pursuit of collaboration

Kristine West, the Director of Minnesota Center for Diversity in Economics, discusses the history and impact of the Center and future collaborations with J-PAL North America's Economics Transformation Project.
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Newly published data on health care hotspotting study underscores the importance of research transparency

The team behind the evaluation on health care hotspotting describes why they prioritized publishing replication data and lessons learned from the process.
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Diversifying economics, part two: The Kauffman Foundation on bolstering diversity in research

Chhaya Kolavalli, a Senior Program Officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, discusses the importance of increasing diversity in research.
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J-PAL North America Staff Spotlight: Health Team

This Staff Spotlight highlights four J-PAL North America team members who work together to evaluate promising programs aimed at making health care in the United States more efficient, effective, and equitable.
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Diversifying economics, part one: How J-PAL's collaborative pipeline program was built

Jatnna Amador and Toby Chaiken discuss background of J-PAL North America's Economics Transformation Project, how their lived experiences informed this work, and opportunities for continued learning.
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John Tebes, J-PAL ’16, on using economic research to reduce inequality in the United States

John Tebes is a former research analyst for Amy Finkelstein at J-PAL North America. Now, as an economics PhD candidate at Harvard and an incoming Assistant Research Professor of Economics at Notre Dame, he researches how public policy can exacerbate or mitigate U.S. poverty traps. He reflects on his...