J-PAL Global is our head office and coordinates J-PAL’s worldwide research, policy, education, and capacity building work to promote our mission of ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence.

We provide research and policy expertise in each of J-PAL’s 11 sectors: Agriculture; Crime, Violence, and Conflict; Education; Environment, Energy, and Climate Change; Finance; Firms; Gender; Health; Labor Markets; Political Economy and Governance, and Social Protection. This includes publishing evidence summaries and policy insights, and building partnerships to help policymakers understand how and when to apply evidence from randomized evaluations to policies and programs.

We create research resources to help design and implement randomized evaluations and to promote research transparency. We manage funding initiatives that support new and innovative evaluations in agricultural technology adoption, crime and violence, governance, government innovation, and post-primary education, among other topics.

We also lead executive trainings and university-level online courses, including the MicroMasters® Program in Data, Economics, and Design of Policy (DEDP), that help build the capacity of researchers who produce evidence, policymakers and donors who use it, and advocates of evidence-informed policy.

J-PAL Global assists our Board of Directors and the Board’s Executive Committee in designing the strategy and policies that guide our operations worldwide. Our research, policy and communications, education, and training teams support the work of our seven regional offices at leading universities in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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Celebrating 20 years of J-PAL and looking to the future

On November 3, we hosted an event at MIT in Cambridge, MA, that brought together a diverse group of partners to reflect on two decades of progress and look to the future. The event showcased perspectives of people engaging directly with evidence-informed policies, featuring program participants and...

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J-PAL expands efforts to promote corporate sustainability and social impact partnerships

After 20 years of evidence generation and synthesis delivered in partnership with cross-sector stakeholders, in the next decade, J-PAL is accelerating our work to bring evidence-based strategies to drive corporate sustainability and social impact.

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The next decade of RCT research: What can we learn from recent innovations in methods?

From Teaching at the Right Level to the multifaceted Graduation approach, J-PAL’s affiliated researcher network has helped to evaluate a diverse range of innovative interventions aimed at reducing poverty over the past twenty years. 

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J-PAL and UM6P launch new agriculture research lab for Africa

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT is partnering with University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) to form the UM6P-J-PAL Agricultural Lab for Africa. Hosted at UM6P in Morocco, the lab will work to design and implement rigorous impact evaluations of policies and programs that improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa.