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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.

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.

J-PAL North America launches research initiative to focus on Covid-19 recovery

The Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Initiative aims to catalyze evidence-based policy solutions to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

How tutoring programs can combat the “Covid-19 slide”

Summarizing results from 96 randomized evaluations, new J-PAL North America publication highlights the sizable impact tutoring programs can have on student learning.

The pandemic has created unexpected summer jobs for these young people

The summer job is a rite of passage for many teens and younger adults. Because of the pandemic, however, traditional roles such as camp counselor, lifeguard and waiter, are scarce. But as John Yang reports, some local governments are providing these young people with other unemployment options, from...

Mayor de Blasio, Bring Back Summer Jobs

J-PAL affiliates Sara Heller and Judd Kessler critique the decision to cancel New York's summer youth employment program this year, drawing on their research findings about the positive impacts of such programs.

Stumped by How to Best Serve Students With At-Home Learning? Follow the Evidence

Schools can provide effective computer-assisted learning programs to help fill the gap when parents have limited time or taste for directing their children's learning at home.