Evidence-Based Programming in Early Grade Reading

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July 26, 2012 New Delhi, India
J-PAL's South Asia regional office, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) India Mission Office, organized a one-day workshop to explore how evidence on what works can be incorporated to design more effective programs to improve early grade reading outcomes in India.

Based on the evidence presented, J-PAL laid out a set of recommendations to be incorporated into future programs in early grade reading, and defined specific areas where there is still a need for further innovation and experimentation.

USAID India will launch an initiative in Fall 2012 to fund early grade reading programs designed around J-PAL affiliates' research presented at the workshop.

Each of the three sessions began with a review of the existing evidence on the session topic. A practitioner then brought the evidence to life using real-world examples. The panels concluded with a moderated discussion on how the evidence can be translated for the Indian context and how it can be used as the basis for future programs in early grade reading.
Opening Remarks
Arvind Pande, Chairperson, J-PAL South Asia
William Hammink, DCM (A), US Embassy, New Delhi

Keynote Address: The Importance of Evidence-Based Policymaking
Abhijit Banerjee, Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Abhijit Banerjee, Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Stephen Adu, Director for Basic Education, Ghana Education Service
Maame Nketsiah, National Coordinator, Teacher Community Assistant Initiative (TCAI)

Remark by Mitch Kirby, Senior Education Advisor, Asia and Middle East Bureau, USAID Washington

Aprajit Mahajan, Assistant Professor, Stanford University
Sriram Raghavan, CEO, InKlude Labs

Karthik Muralidharan, Assistant Professor, University of California San Diego (UCSD)
Gulzar Natarajan, Collector and District Magistrate, Hyderabad

Closing Remarks
Abhijit Banerjee, Director, J-PAL
Madhumita Gupta, Mission Economist, USAID India