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Foundations for student success: Focusing on functional literacy and numeracy

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To support education systems to focus on functional literacy and numeracy, UNICEF is partnering with The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL at MIT), Pratham, and Delivery Associates.
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Q&A with affiliate Michela Carlana on an online tutoring program to address Covid-19-induced educational inequalities

Following the shift to online instruction across Italian schools in March 2020, J-PAL affiliates Michela Carlana (Harvard University) and Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University) rapidly launched an online tutoring program to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds who were lagging behind during...
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Pursuing evidence-based policymaking during crisis

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In this blog post, members of a research-practice partnership with the Puerto Rico Department of Education reflect on their strategies to improve education outcomes and to persevere during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Navigating publication bias as an education provider

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  • Timothy Sullivan
When a body of academic literature points to an effective new approach to generate meaningful learning gains for pupils, practitioners take notice. But this may not be the complete story. Timothy Sullivan, Director of Learning Innovation at education provider NewGlobe, shares insights from recent...
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Growth is not enough

With an abundance of important and sometimes surprising findings from studies of socioeconomic interventions in recent decades, it is clear that development in the absence of evidence-based policymaking is a fool's errand. The small details matter as much as—and sometimes more than—the economic big...
Eine Erzieherin beschäftigt sich mit einem Kind im Rahmen eines frühkindlichen Programms in Frankreich.

Sozialpolitische Maßnahmen in Europa im Test: Was können wir lernen?

Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler des J-PAL Netzwerks haben bisher über 80 laufende oder abgeschlossene randomisierte Evaluationen sozialpolitischer Maßnahmen, mit besonderem Fokus auf Bildung und Arbeitsmärkte, in 20 europäischen Ländern durchgeführt. Im Folgenden stellen wir eine...
Session d’accompagnement à Paris (France).

Évaluations rigoureuses des politiques sociales en Europe: quelles leçons en tirer?

Les chercheurs affiliés au réseau J-PAL ont mené plus de 80 études randomisées pour évaluer l’impact de programmes et politiques sociales dans vingt pays européens, en particulier dans les domaines de l’éducation et de l'emploi. Une synthèse des résultats de ces évaluations, ainsi que les pistes de...
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Cosa abbiamo imparato fino ad oggi grazie a valutazioni rigorose di impatto di politiche sociali in Europa

I ricercatori della rete di J-PAL hanno condotto più di 80 studi randomizzati di progetti e politiche sociali in 20 paesi europei, di cui 5 in Italia, in particolare nei campi dell’educazione e del mercato del lavoro. J-PAL Europe ha pubblicato un riassunto dei risultati principali di questa ricerca...