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New research shows tutoring can improve academic outcomes, mental health

A new study by U of T Mississauga economist Philip Oreopoulos shows that one-on-one and small group tutoring consistently improves academic achievements, offering important insight into ways to assist students struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Better Education for All During—and After—the COVID-19 Pandemic

Research from the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and its partners shows how to help children learn amid erratic access to schools during a pandemic, and how those solutions may make progress toward the Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring a quality education for all by 2030.

October 2020 Newsletter

Mission Karmayogi: An ambitious plan to bolster State capacity

Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of state capacity and the primacy of governments in providing their citizens effective means to deal with the impact of the crisis. An important lever for improving public administration during and beyond the crisis is improving the quality of decisions made...

J-PAL North America launches MIT Roybal Center for Translational Research to Improve Health Care for the Aging

Center will work with affiliated researchers to test low-cost, high-impact behavioral interventions to improve health-care delivery and health outcomes for aging adults in the United States.

Improving last mile delivery of public services by leveraging digitized data

In order to ensure data reliability, a measure adopted during large-scale surveys is independent quality audits, or back checks. These are undertaken by persons independent of the survey team, who revisit a subset of respondents within a few days of the original survey to re-administer small...

DigiFI Africa: A pillar of the G7 Partnership for Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa

J-PAL Digital Identification and Finance Initiative in Africa (DigiFI Africa) is honored to be one of the pillars of the G7 Partnership for Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa. Through DigiFI, J-PAL Africa will support gender-specific research to ensure digital innovations promote the...

How a basic income experiment helped these Kenyans weather the Covid-19 crisis

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People getting a UBI were less likely to go hungry as Kenya shut down.