Scale-Ups

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Scale-Ups

J-PAL affiliated professors and staff work with governments, NGOs, development organizations, and donors to scale up programs found to be effective and to promote evidence-informed policy. To date, over 300 million people have been reached by these scale-ups around the world. 

Map of the world with pins representing countries where programs have been scaled up

Stack of resumes

Labor Markets

Unintended effects of anonymous resumes

The French government abandoned a policy that would have required firms to make recruitment decisions based on anonymized resumes after research showed that a voluntary, pilot scheme actually harmed minority applicants’ employment chances. Read More

Health

Limits of technological solutions to provider monitoring

Based on evidence that biometric monitoring technology did not increase doctors' attendance at primary health centers, the government of Karnataka decided to end the program, saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Read More
Improving learning through intensive individualized tutoring in the US

Education

Individualized tutoring to improve learning

SAGA Innovations’s intensive math tutoring program has been shown to improve academic outcomes and has now reached 2,500 disadvantaged students in the United States. Read More
Improving take-up of tax benefits in the United States

Political Economy & Governance, Finance

Reminders to increase take-up of tax credits

Following an evaluation in California testing variations of reminder letters to low-income households to increase take-up of tax credits, the US tax agency scaled up nationally the use of reminders that simply and prominently displayed potential benefits. Read More
Building a government innovation lab to improve education in Peru

Education

A government innovation lab to improve education

With support from J-PAL and IPA, the Ministry of Education in Peru created a dedicated unit to identify, test, and scale low-cost interventions to improve educational outcomes. Read More
Three people stand at corrugated tin stand advertising mobile services in a field in Kenya

Finance

Giving directly to support poor households

GiveDirectly has expanded its cash transfer program, which was found in a randomized evaluation to have improved economic and psychological well-being in Kenya, to reach over 60,000 households in rural Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda since 2013. Read More
Three women engage in manual labor in India

Political Economy & Governance

Fund flow reform for social program delivery

Central and State governments in India have adopted a financial reform to enhance public service delivery informed by evidence. Read More
Smiling woman in a sari with two cows and a goat

Finance

Targeting the ultra-poor to improve livelihoods

A multifaceted livelihood program has reached and improved the standard of living for more than 640,000 women in Bangladesh and India following randomized evaluations by J-PAL affiliates. Read More
Parents engaged in a group meeting

Education

Parental engagement to improve children's schooling

The French Ministry of Education has expanded a parental involvement program to all public schools in the country on a voluntary basis. Read More
Improving third-party pollution audits in Gujarat

Environment & Energy

Third-party audits to reduce pollution

Evidence from a randomized evaluation informed the scale-up of a pollution audit policy in Gujarat, India. Read More
TNP2K commercial about the social protection identification card.

Political Economy & Governance

Targeted information to improve social assistance

Government scale-up improves access to targeted social programs for 65.67 million people. Read More
Installed directly at community water sources, chlorine dispensers provide a visual reminder to use chlorine and are calibrated to deliver a precise dose of chlorine solution to treat the most commonly used water transport containers.

Health, Environment & Energy

Community chlorine dispensers for better health

Innovative safe drinking water technology has reached 4 million people in Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda. Read More
Indonesians participate in their community block grants meetings and decision-making process as part of Generasi, 2007

Political Economy & Governance, Health

Incentivized community grants for aid effectiveness

Enabling communities to allocate funds to social programs and services that best meet their needs could more effectively reach the neediest individuals and avoid wasteful spending. Read More
Police training improves public perception and police morale.

Political Economy & Governance, Crime, Violence, & Conflict

Skills training to strengthen police performance

Training in soft skills for police in Rajasthan, India increased public perceptions of their performance. Read More
Woman receives a free insecticide-treated bednet at a health clinic in Kakagena County in Kenya

Health

Free bednets to fight malaria

Research by J-PAL affiliates Pascaline Dupas and Jessica Cohen has shown that charging even small positive prices for health products such as insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) significantly reduces demand. Read More
Kenya’s National School-Based Deworming Programme rolls out in Kwale province, Kenya.

Education, Health

Deworming to increase school attendance

After research found that school-based distribution of deworming pills in areas with high infection rates boosted health and school attendance; the approach has been scaled to reach over 285 million children in 2017. Read More
Classroom, India

Education

Teaching at the right level to improve learning

Reorienting classroom instruction has improved learning opportunities for over 50 million students in India and Africa. Read More