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BAE Incubator partner series, part two: Compass Family Services on taking evaluation to the next level

With grant support from, the Bay Area Evaluation (BAE) Incubator supports Bay Area service providers with implementing and evaluating cash transfer programs to assess their impact on homelessness and housing stability. In part two of our BAE Incubator partner series, Compass Family...
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Transparent and accessible data: J-PAL alumna collaborated on an innovative approach with the Chilean government and researchers

Transparent and accessible data can be vital for researchers in the development of evidence-informed policies. In Chile, the State opened a door for researchers to access local transparent data to work together to answer key questions. Amanda Dawes, a J-PAL Latin America and the Caribbean alumna...
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Diversifying economics, part four: Mentorship program development considerations

In the final post of our four-part series on the collaborations that shape the Economics Transformation Project, J-PAL staff summarize the design of several mentorship programs in economics and discuss next steps for ETP.
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Evidence on soft skills and women’s labor market outcomes

Worldwide, nearly 7 percent of employed people live below the extreme poverty line (US$1.90 purchasing power parity per day). In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), about 147 million people were underemployed based on the number of hours they worked in 2019. Skills and vocational training...
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Reflecting on research during times of uncertainty: A recap from Puerto Rico’s EDUGESPRO graduation

J-PAL North America staff and researchers recently attended a graduation ceremony for school principals who participated in EDUGESPRO, a professional development program born out of a research partnership with the Puerto Rico Department of Education.
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Evidence for digital and bundled services: Framing a research agenda for the Digital Agricultural Innovations and Services Initiative

As the reach of digital agricultural services has grown rapidly within the last few years, building an evidence base on how these services should be designed, implemented, and scaled to best align with the priorities of small-scale producers is an important and timely issue—and one that J-PAL's...
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From RCT data to survey instruments: how to find what you need on the J-PAL Dataverse

This post is the first in a two-part series to highlight both why and how to use the J-PAL Dataverse. The goal of this first post is to provide a user-friendly guide to access our data, and a starter menu of use cases of data from randomized control trials (RCTs) for students, researchers, teachers...
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Investing in students early: The effects of a STEM pipeline program for underrepresented high school students

The research team behind a rigorous, long-term evaluation of a STEM program for high schoolers discusses their new working paper & key findings, including a significant increase in graduation rates for program participants.