North America Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Initiative

A woman wearing PPE works at a farmer's market.
J-PAL North America’s Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Initiative aims to help individuals and communities recover in the aftermath of Covid-19 by identifying and implementing effective policy responses to the pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in incalculable losses for millions of Americans, particularly among low-income communities and communities of color. As decision-makers work to address the pressing and unparalleled public health crisis, urgent questions remain on how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the economic well-being and livelihoods of people in our country once the immediate crisis has resolved. The United States is facing an unemployment crisis, education setbacks for millions of students, and an uncertain path forward. 

J-PAL North America’s Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Initiative aims to create a playbook of evidence-based policies to help communities recover in the wake of Covid-19. The initiative works with nonprofits, government and industry leaders, academic researchers, and other organizations to understand what questions matter most to them and help them use rigorous evaluation to generate evidence on priority research questions related to the Covid-19 response. 

Key Facts

  • Research RFP: Closed
Researcher RFP: Open to J-PAL affiliated professors and post-doctoral fellows, and invited researchers to all J-PAL North America initiatives.


For Researchers

Request for Proposals

The Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Researcher-facing RFP solicits proposals from J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL post-docs, and invited researchers for pilot studies and full randomized evaluations that aim to generate valuable insights about the policy response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

*The Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Initiative does not have any future RFP rounds planned after September 22, 2021. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, we welcome submissions to other initiatives running RFPs. Please contact Cordelia Kwon at [email protected] with any questions.

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