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BAE Incubator partner series, part three: Abode Services on rigorous evaluation and elevating community voices

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In part three of our BAE Incubator partner series, Vivian Wan, chief operating officer of Abode Services, discusses how the Incubator is enabling Abode to expand its impact by elevating the voices of their program participants.
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Building research partnerships to address failures to appear for court in Shasta County, part one

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J-PAL North America talked with Project Manager Shawn Watts of Shasta County Superior Court, who shared the Court’s takeaways from the process of designing a randomized evaluation through the State and Local Evaluation Incubator.
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Beyond the evidence: Reflections from a past high school tutor

Research Associate Lisa Turley Smith recounts her experience as a high school tutor and shares how she saw first-hand the positive impacts of tutoring.
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Youth economic inclusion in Morocco: An evidence sharing seminar

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  • Alexandra Diggs
  • Fatine Guedira
The Morocco Employment Lab hosted an evidence sharing seminar on youth economic inclusion last month. At the seminar, Dr. Younes Sekkouri, Minister of Economic Inclusion, Small Business, and Skills in Morocco, reaffirmed that a key priority of the government is to foster youth economic inclusion...
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BAE Incubator partner series, part two: Compass Family Services on taking evaluation to the next level

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With grant support from Google.org, 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

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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...