J-PAL Europe, which is based at the Paris School of Economics, works to improve the effectiveness of social policies and programs across Europe and in French-speaking Africa. We do this by conducting randomized evaluations, sharing policy lessons, and building evaluation capacity.
Researchers evaluated the impact of making voter registration easier on voter participation by providing information about voter registration and home registration visits. Overall, the results suggest that removing the costs of registration can encourage greater participation, particularly among groups that face social and economic barriers to registering and voting.
Researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to look at the effect of private connections in a setting where most households already had access to high quality water through public taps. They found that households had a high willingness to pay for piped water, and while home water connection had no impact on waterborne illness, households' self-reported happiness improved substantially.
Researchers partnered with the Senegalese government to evaluate the impact of a decentralized school grants program on student learning. The program improved test scores overall and for girls in younger grades. The impact was stronger in schools that invested more in human resource training rather than in school materials.
Engaging parents to help their children succeed at school is a low-cost strategy to improve educational outcomes. Research by J-PAL affiliates Marc Gurgand and Eric Maurin and coauthors has shown that a program of structured group meetings between parents and school leaders increased parents’ involvement in their children’s education, which in turn improved student behavior and reduced dropout rates.
There are 50 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations in 16 countries in Europe.
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