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The third cohort of DEDP master’s students live and learn fully in person at MIT

This year, 31 students from twenty countries make up the third cohort of the Data, Economics, and Development Policy master’s program. Learn more about students’ life on campus, classes, and favorite moments so far in this post.
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Learn how to evaluate your program with JOI Brazil

JOI Brazil’s social incubation process aims to support organizations in developing an evaluation proposal that can be funded through JOI.
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Building a robust evidence-based research community: Strengthening pathways for African researchers

Researchers from many groups, including women, people of color, and people from low- and middle-income countries, are underrepresented in the field of economics and face numerous barriers to their growth. We hold the conviction that research grounded in knowledge of the geographic and cultural...
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Catalyzing the use of evidence for effective business training and finance in Egypt

Alison Fahey and Lobna Kassim reflect on the successful partnership between J-PAL MENA at AUC and the MSME Development Agency to create a culture of evidence-based program and policy design.
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J-PAL LAC welcomes the most diverse cohort yet to its impact evaluation Diploma program

J-PAL LAC is glad to welcome its fifth and most diverse Diploma cohort. Over six months, 32 students from six countries from LAC and 28 organizations will engage in over 100 hours of classes and conversations with J-PAL affiliates, UC Chile professors, and staff.
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Second cohort to graduate from the Data, Economics, and Development Policy master’s program joins a growing community of alumni

The second cohort in the Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP) master’s program at MIT completed their degrees with a hybrid in-person and remote model in 2021. Thirteen students graduated in September after completing a summer capstone internship that applied their MIT coursework to real...
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Summer school with J-PAL Europe: Developing skills for building, testing and scaling innovations for development

In July 2021, J-PAL Europe, in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD), hosted a seven-day summer school under the theme of “Innovations for Development,'' designed around the recent launch of France’s Fund for Innovation in Development (FID).