News, ideas, and analysis from J-PAL staff and affiliated professors. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive monthly email updates.

School children in Indonesia

Informing shifts in policy: Reflections on a long-run impact evaluation of a community block grant program in Indonesia

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, by Aulia Anggita Larasati and Christal Setyobudi

Creating good policies is a complex and dynamic process. A program can be evaluated, found to improve people’s lives, and be scaled up. However, in the longer run, these programs interact with other policies, contexts change, and policymakers are in constant need of new information and evidence to adjust their programs and address new challenges.

This presents an opportunity for researchers and policymakers to collaborate on long-term evaluations to understand... Read More

woman reviewing a research guide

Take practical steps to de-identifying and publishing research data with J-PAL’s new guides

Monday, January 13, 2020, by Sarah Kopper, Anja Sautmann, and James Turitto

We are pleased to announce the publication of two new methods guides to de-identifying and publishing research data. These guides draw on J-PAL’s experience of publishing research data on randomized evaluations in the social sciences for more than a decade. They provide practical advice for students, researchers, and anyone else publishing their own or others’ data.

Researchers who plan to publish their data should take every effort to minimize the... Read More

Doubling down to build on an incredible 2019

Thursday, January 9, 2020, by Iqbal Dhaliwal

2019 was a banner year for J-PAL on many fronts. We launched many exciting initiatives to expand the frontiers of research and evidence-informed policy, including in digital finance (Africa), government innovation (global), migrants and social inclusion (Europe), work of the future (North America), Teaching at the Right Level (Africa), and use of administrative data for faster, cheaper randomized... Read More

Sharing evidence to inform the future of healthcare delivery and complex care: Lessons from the Camden Coalition and J-PAL North America partnership

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, by Amy Finkelstein, Erin Graeber, Kathleen Noonan, and Aaron Truchil

In this second post of a two-part blog series on the Camden Core Model intervention, Aaron, Amy and Kathleen reflect on their key learnings from the evaluation and how study results will inform the future of the Camden Coalition’s work and the broader field of healthcare delivery and complex care. The first blog post explored the impetus behind the study and how a strong partnership between the researchers and... Read More

Tanya Sethi, J-PAL ’14, is tackling the big questions in aid and policy

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, by Gaëlle Conille, Siena Harlin, and Tanya Sethi

In the next installment of our Alumni Spotlight series, we speak with Tanya Sethi, a former senior policy associate at J-PAL South Asia. Tanya joined J-PAL South Asia’s policy team after receiving a master’s degree in public policy from the Paris School of Economics. At J-PAL South Asia, she played a key role in an early partnership with the Government of Tamil Nadu and helped lay the conceptual groundwork for important program scale-ups. Now a senior policy analyst at AidData, she reflects on her path to international development, the challenges associated with bridging the gap between evidence and policy, and the dynamic nature of policy research. Read More

A year in blogs: Reflecting on 2019 through the eyes of staff, affiliates, and partners

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, by Siena Harlin

In 2019 we launched new initiatives to spur innovative research, admitted the first-ever cohort of blended Masters’ students, celebrated our founders’ and affiliate’s Nobel Prize win, and much more. It’s almost impossible to capture the breadth and depth of what our staff, affiliates, and partners have learned and achieved over the last year. Read More

Kristen Watkins, J-PAL ’19, is helping shape upward mobility research in the United States

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, by Gaëlle Conille, Siena Harlin, and Kristen Watkins

In this installment of our Alumni Spotlight series, we caught up with Kristen Watkins, a former policy manager at J-PAL North America. Kristen joined J-PAL in 2017 to lead the Creating Moves to Opportunity project, an influential research partnership between J-PAL affiliated researchers and public housing authorities in the United States. Now the chief operating officer at Opportunity Insights, Kristen shares some reflections on her work at J-PAL and Opportunity Insights, and on how her background in city planning and the private sector informs her approach to social policy research. Read More