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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Research should guide spending for K-12 COVID relief funds

Kim Dadisman, senior policy and research manager at J-PAL, argues that J-PAL North America is one of the organizations doing the research-to-policy work that should be guiding public policy spending for COVID-19 relief funds towards mitigating educational fallout. 

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December 2021 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's December newsletter features five new state and local government partners, research results from a study on financial incentives for Covid-19 vaccine uptake, and a case study on the Office of Evaluation Sciences's work to institutionalize evidence use across federal government agencies.


J-PAL North America announces appointment of Laura Feeney and Vincent Quan as new Co-Executive Directors

J-PAL North America announces that Laura Feeney and Vincent Quan, who previously led the center’s research, training, and policy teams, are now serving as the new co-executive directors of the organization.


As Community College Students Return to Class, Let's Help Them Graduate

J-PAL affiliate James Sullivan argues for greater investment in programs that increase community college completion and attention based on evidence from randomized evaluations.