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Meghan Mahoney, J-PAL ‘16, is building a career in impact evaluation. What has she learned along the way?

Friday, April 5, 2019, by Siena Harlin, Serene Ho, and Meghan Mahoney

We are excited to kick off our Alumni Spotlight series with Meghan Mahoney, formerly a Policy Manager at J-PAL Global. After a four-year stint at J-PAL, she left in 2016 to become the Evaluation Director at Educate!, an organization which works to transform secondary education in Africa to empower young people to take leadership initiative, create small businesses, and improve their livelihoods. She joins us to talk about lessons she learned while at J-PAL and share advice for succeeding at J-PAL and beyond. Read More

J-PAL's Claire Walsh receives MIT Excellence Award

Friday, April 5, 2019, by Siena Harlin

On March 21, Claire Walsh, a Senior Policy Manager at J-PAL Global, received one of the highest honors of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—the Excellence Award for Outstanding Contributor, awarded to members of the MIT community who consistently go above and beyond in their work, take initiative, and solve problems. Claire is the second staffer from J-PAL to be honored with this award after Caitlin Tulloch, a Senior... Read More

Conference presentation

Sharing experiences of measuring women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations

Thursday, April 4, 2019, by Aulia Anggita Larasati and Widyana Perdhani

Celebrating International Women’s Day at J-PAL Southeast Asia through a workshop on J-PAL’s Practical Guide to Measuring Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment Read More

Welcoming J-PAL’s newest affiliates

Thursday, April 4, 2019, by Siena Harlin

Four new affiliates recently joined J-PAL’s academic network: Marcella Alsan at the Stanford School of Medicine, Kevin Donovan at the Yale School of Management, Robert Darko Osei at the University of Ghana, and Diego Ubfal at Bocconi University.

Their varied research interests span numerous topics, including health and socioeconomic disparities, firm growth and risk management, land registration, entrepreneurship, the transition from school to work, and attitudes toward immigrants. Learn more... Read More

Targeting extreme poverty in Egypt: A national priority

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, by Farida El-Gueretly, Nazia Moqueet, and Noura Selim

At the 2017 World Youth Forum, Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghada Waly, noted that civil society organizations were vital partners in the realization of Egypt’s 2030 strategy goals. An important pillar of the 2030 goals focuses on social justice, in particular ensuring the protection and support of Egypt’s most marginalized and vulnerable groups. Read More

Partner Spotlight: Henry Fitts from the City of Rochester, NY on designing and implementing the Bridges to Success program evaluation

Thursday, March 21, 2019, by Henry Fitts

Henry Fitts is the Director of Innovation at the Mayor’s office in Rochester, New York. The City of Rochester has partnered with the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) and J-PAL North America through the State and Local Innovation Initiative to develop and implement a randomized evaluation of the local Bridges to Success program.

We spoke with Henry to learn more about his experience designing and implementing an evaluation... Read More

Why researchers should publish their data

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, by Karl Rubio

There has been a growing research transparency movement within the social sciences to encourage broader data publication. In this blog post we share some background on this movement and recent statistics, key factors for researchers to consider before publishing data, and tools and resources to support data publication efforts. Read More