J-PAL North America, based at MIT, leads J-PAL’s work in the North America region. J-PAL North America conducts randomized evaluations, builds partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helps partners scale up effective programs.

Our work spans a wide range of sectors including health care, housing, criminal justice, education, and economic mobility. We leverage research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers, policy experts, and administrative professionals to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why.

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Standing in Solidarity with Black Communities

We at J-PAL North America grieve and condemn the ongoing displays of police violence and systemic racism in the United States and acknowledge the physical and emotional distress they cause. This grief and trauma is especially deep for Black communities, and for our staff, partners, and affiliated researchers who belong to them.

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Easing Access to the Safety Net, and Why We Need to Do It Now

The economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic is making benefit programs more important than ever. It's critical to get information to people who need it and simplify application processes.

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Connecting with Voters in a Time of Social Distancing

Research suggests a powerful way to get out the vote without having to canvas in person.

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How Data Governments Already Have Can Guide the Pandemic Response

J-PAL North America Research Managers Jesse Gubb and Amanda Lee discuss how information that governments collect for operational purposes can be leveraged in numerous ways to help them deal more effectively with the economic devastation of the coronavirus.