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Committing to a randomized evaluation: The scariest and smartest thing we ever did

Thursday, January 31, 2019, by Shane DeRolf

My name is Shane DeRolf.

I am the founder and CEO of Big Word Club, a digital learning company committed to improving the vocabularies of every kid in America.

It all started about twenty-five years ago when I quit my job to pursue a dream.

That dream was to create great media that helped kids think, learn and grow.

Here’s what those twenty-five years felt like…

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From Goa to New Hampshire, staff trainings build research capacity

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, by Michael Gibson and Clare Sachsse

Since 2003, J-PAL has hosted more than 305 training courses and trained more than 2,600 people. These trainings fulfill one goal of J-PAL’s Research, Education, and Training team—to share best practices with the research staff of our affiliated researchers and partner organizations who are building a body of rigorous evidence on effective ways to reduce poverty. Week-long research staff trainings teach new techniques, share best practices, and provide opportunities for research staff to network and troubleshoot with one another. Read More

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2018 in review: A letter from our Executive Director

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, by Iqbal Dhaliwal

I am often asked during the year “how are things at J-PAL?” My frank reply usually is “busy, but good busy!” As the new year begins, I’d like to share a few things that made 2018 “good busy” for J-PAL, and a few more that we’re excited about in 2019. Read More

Rohini Pande in classroom

Affiliate spotlight: Rohini Pande on furthering the status of women in economics

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, by Hanna Juergens and Rohini Pande

Rohini Pande is a professor of international political economy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), and Co-Chair of J-PAL’s Political Economy & Governance sector. She was recently named the 2018 recipient of the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award—a prize awarded annually to an individual who has furthered the status of women in economics. Read More

Alianzas para el diseño de políticas informadas por evidencia en el sector educativo

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, by David Alzate and Christopher Neilson

A pesar de los importantes avances en los niveles de matriculación estudiantil en la última década, existen todavía aproximadamente 262 millones de niños, adolescentes, y jóvenes entre 6 y 17 años fuera de la escuela a nivel mundial, según la UNESCO. En Latinoamérica y otras regiones, la deserción escolar continúa siendo un obstáculo importante para alcanzar la escolaridad completa universal: en la región, un 15,5 por... Read More

Creating a culture of evidence use in Latin America | J-PAL report

New J-PAL Report: Creating a Culture of Evidence Use in Latin America

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, by Samantha Carter, Samantha Friedlander, Julu Beth Katticaran, Claudia Macías, Edoardo Trimarchi, and Claire Walsh

It’s easy to talk about increasing the use of evidence in policy—but what does it take to do this in practice? What are some first steps governments can take to build a culture of using data and evidence in decision-making? What role can researchers and practitioners play in supporting these efforts?

Our new J-PAL report, “Creating a Culture of Evidence Use: Lessons from J-PAL’s Government Partnerships in Latin America,” tackles... Read More

Introducing the European Social Inclusion Initiative

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, by Luc Behaghel, Hélène Giacobino, Marc Gurgand, Anna Schrimpf, and Ana Maria Tabacaru

A child who grows up in a low-income family is less likely to thrive in school, be in good health, and earn a decent income as an adult. In Europe, this is especially true of children with a migrant background, who are more than twice as likely to grow up in poverty as children with native-born parents. The economic and social isolation these individuals face is often called... Read More

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