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Affiliate Spotlight: Seema Jayachandran and Benjamin Olken on promoting inclusivity in development economics

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, by Seema Jayachandran, Benjamin Olken, and Evelina Smirnitskaya

Seema Jayachandran and Benjamin Olken are the new Co-Directors of the Development Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In their new roles, they aim to promote diversity in gender, race, and methodology. Read the full Q&A to learn more. Read More

Announcing the Innovation in Government Initiative

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, by Samantha Carter, Samantha Friedlander, Siena Harlin, and Claire Walsh

Today we are announcing J-PAL’s Innovation in Government Initiative (IGI). IGI’s mission is to work with governments to adapt, pilot, and scale evidence-informed innovations with the potential to improve the lives of millions of people living in poverty in developing countries.

For more than a decade, J-PAL has built long-term partnerships with governments around the world to increase the use of evidence from randomized evaluations in policy, and adapt... Read More

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 25 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 25 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

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