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Laura Feeney and Vincent Quan

Get to know J-PAL North America’s co-executive directors

Laura Feeney and Vincent Quan discuss their backgrounds before coming to J-PAL North America, how they plan to work together as co-executive directors, and their top priorities in 2022.
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Strengthening randomized evaluations with qualitative research, part 5: Baby’s First Years

  • Sarah Halpern-Meekin
  • Katherine Magnuson
In this post, the researchers on the Baby's First Years study reflect on the value of qualitative research in both providing a deeper understanding of each participant’s background and context and painting a fuller picture of mothers’ experiences in the study.
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Exploring the benefits of rigorous evidence with the team behind the evaluation of RIP Medical Debt

Allison Sesso (Executive Director of RIP Medical Debt) and Wes Yin (UCLA) discuss the ongoing randomized evaluation of RIP Medical Debt’s model for buying and relieving medical debt.
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Affiliate Spotlight: Marcella Alsan on her recent MacArthur Fellowship award and researching racial disparities in health

Marcella Alsan, economist, physician, and Co-Chair of J-PAL’s US Health Care Delivery Initiative, was recently selected as a recipient of a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, in recognition of her work “investigating the role that legacies of discrimination and resulting mistrust play in perpetuating racial...
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Leveraging learning agendas to catalyze policy relevant research: Three takeaways from federal and local approaches

This August, the White House Office of Management and Budget previewed the roll out of a government-wide learning agenda to bring together vital questions raised across government agencies. On the precipice of this exciting initiative, we reflect on the critical role that learning agendas can play...
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Documenting systemic patterns of employment discrimination in the United States

Researchers recently released results from a J-PAL North America funded study that documents systemic patterns of employment discrimination within large companies in the United States. In an interview with J-PAL staff, the research team shares reflections on their study, including how the randomized...
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Promoting evidence and evaluation in the American Rescue Plan Act

Rohit Naimpally (Senior Research and Policy Manager, J-PAL North America) spoke on a US Department of Treasury technical assistance webinar in August. We reflect on key takeaways from the panel about evaluation, evidence-based interventions, and the American Rescue Plan Act.
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Strengthening randomized evaluations with qualitative research, part 4: Oregon health insurance experiment

For the final part of our blog series on incorporating qualitative research into randomized evaluations, we spoke with Associate Professor of Social Work and co-author of the Oregon Health Insurance experiment, Heidi Allen, about how in-depth interviews with study participants helped the research...