J‑PAL South Asia
J-PAL South Asia, based at the Institute for Financial Management and Research in India, leads J-PAL’s work in the South Asia region. J-PAL South Asia conducts randomized evaluations, builds partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helps partners scale up effective programs.
We have a growing number of partnerships in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. In 2011, we were selected to host the South Asia Center for CLEAR, a global initiative coordinated by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. Under this initiative, we host a knowledge sharing roundtable series and equip practitioners with the expertise to carry out rigorous evaluations through training courses, advisory services, and joint research projects.
Applications to J-PAL South Asia's annual Executive Education course are now open. This five-day in-person training gives participants a thorough understanding of why and when researchers and policymakers might choose to conduct randomised evaluations and how randomised evaluations are designed in real-world settings.
Researchers are working with the state government of Haryana to evaluate the impact of three programs aimed at increasing child immunization by building demand for vaccination: the use of small, non-financial incentives, tailored reminders, and leveraging village social networks.
The J-PAL/CLEAR South Asia Research for Impact Fellowship aims to equip young development researchers with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to design and implement randomized evaluations for assessing the effectiveness of social policies and programs.
Growing from just a few research assistants in Delhi and a lean support team in Chennai in 2007 to more than 175 staff across nine field offices today, the J-PAL South Asia team is filling critical evidence gaps and building the capacity of governments and civil society organizations to create positive social change. Learn more in Executive Director Shobhini Mukerji's blog post.
There are 184 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations in 6 countries in South Asia.
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