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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BAE Incubator partner series, part four: Hamilton Families on giving families agency

In part four of our Bay Area Evaluation Incubator partner series, Chris Constantine, Director of Data & Evaluation of Hamilton Families reflects on their experiences as an Incubator partner. 

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Building research partnerships to address failures to appear for court in Shasta County, part two

Emily Owens (University of California, Irvine) and Shawn Watts (Shasta County Superior Court) discuss their evaluation on strategies to reduce failure to appear rates and their researcher-practitioner partnership. 


J-PAL North America launches two partnership opportunities to research social programs

In an op-ed for MIT News, J-PAL Policy Associate Mera Cronbaugh and Senior Policy Associate Laina Sonterblum discuss the launch of J-PAL North America's new evaluation incubators: the Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator and State and Local Evaluation Incubator.


FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Launches National Effort to Support Student Success

As part of the launch of the National Effort to Support Student Success, the White House cited a study by J-PAL North America Executive Director Vincent Quan and J-PAL Co-Chair of the Education Initiative Phillip Oreopoulos on the benefits of high-quality tutoring programs on educational attainments...