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Announcing J-PAL’s new Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action (IDEA) Initiative

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, by Iqbal Dhaliwal, Samantha Friedlander, and Anja Sautmann

We are excited to announce J-PAL’s new Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action (IDEA) Initiative.

IDEA’s mission is to support governments, firms, and non-profits (“data providers”) who want to make their administrative data accessible; analyze it to improve decision-making; and partner with researchers in using this data to design innovative programs, evaluate program impact through randomized evaluations, and scale up successful programs. IDEA will create long-term institutional partnerships with... Read More

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Affiliate spotlight: Will Dobbie on conducting randomized evaluations to reduce inequalities in the United States

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, by Will Dobbie and Erin Graeber

Will Dobbie is a J-PAL affiliate and an assistant professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University. He is a recipient of a 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded to “early-career scientists of outstanding promise” in recognition of “distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.”

Congratulations on being awarded a 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship! What does this fellowship mean to you, and what was

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Encouraging reporting of violence against women: Shifting norms, improving access

Monday, May 6, 2019, by Cillian Nolan and Isabela Salgado

According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. Low rates of reporting pose a barrier to addressing this form of violence, especially as it is commonly perpetrated by an intimate partner within the home. Read More

We now have a Paris Agreement rulebook. Where do we go from here?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, by Iqbal Dhaliwal and Rebecca Toole

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December 2018 (COP24), parties agreed to a rulebook that lays out how governments will measure, report and verify emissions under the Paris Agreement. Now countries need to act—and know whether policies and programmes are meeting their climate goals. Read More

Join the TaRL Africa team!

Friday, April 26, 2019, by Kim Tichmann

The Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) Africa team was launched in January as a joint initiative of Pratham and J-PAL. We collaborate with governments and partners across Africa to address the learning crisis in primary schools through TaRL, an educational approach that builds foundational reading and math skills. Read More

Women as decision-makers: Divergent fertility preferences, concealed contraception, and the need for impact evaluations

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, by Caroline Tangoren

As of 2018, one in five women had an unmet need for modern contraceptive methods. Last week, as we marked the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights—just one year before the Family Planning 2020 goals are due to be met—we reflected on the multiple barriers preventing women from achieving their fertility goals. 

Some constraints are due to the health system itself, like lack of physical... Read More

Panelists sit at a table at the Gender Sector launch in New Delhi.

Catalyzing new partnerships for gender equality in South Asia

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, by Moulshri Mohan

Launched in 2018, J-Pal's Gender sector produces cross-cutting insights on promoting gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment, and on how norms related to gender affect the outcomes of social programs. Recently, program implementers, evaluators, and donors convened in New Delhi to formally launch J-PAL’s gender sector in South Asia and discuss the current context and future priorities for the sector. Read More

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