J‑PAL Latin America & the Caribbean
J-PAL Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) is a not for profit research center that works alongside governments and NGOs in Latin America and the Caribbean to identify and promote the most effective programs and policies in the region. With the help of our research, training, and policy teams, our network of affiliated professors measure the impact of these programs and policies through randomized evaluations that become critical inputs for influencing public policy.
Drawing on many examples from the LAC region, J-PAL’s Government Partnership Initiative shares insights on how governments are building a culture of using data and evidence in policymaking and about how J-PAL and other evidence-to-practice organizations can best support them in these efforts.
Evidence from Jamaica and Colombia shows that early childhood stimulation programs implemented at home can contribute to children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development, ultimately enabling them to improve on a number of future life outcomes.
The new J-PAL Bulletin reviews 58 randomized evaluations from 28 low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that tested programs designed to increase school enrollment and attendance. It includes cost-effectiveness analyses and provides practical lessons for policymakers.
Distributing water cisterns in northeast Brazil led to fewer requests for private benefits from local politicians and fewer votes for incumbent mayors, who typically have more resources to engage in clientelism. Marco Gonzalez-Navarro and J-PAL's Latin America & Caribbean office are now working with the Climate Policy Initiative to support the Ministry of Social Development to design and implement an evaluation of the second deployment of cisterns.
There are 147 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations in 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Por que o Brasil tem tão poucas mulheres na política? E o que diz a evidência sobre o impacto da representatividade… https://t.co/LJuGV7A1VD
Conoce el testimonio de Francisca, ex-alumna destacada de nuestro Diplomado en Evaluación de Impacto versión 2016 j… https://t.co/iBr7K8HA4i
Orgullosos de colaborar con el MIDIS e IPA en iniciativas de innovación para diseñar políticas públicas efectivas.… https://t.co/x2SuQOtpw7
Josefin Pasanen, nuestra gerente de Capacitación, les invita a informarse sobre el Diplomado en Evaluación de Impac… https://t.co/aThefyy5Pa
- Why do our affiliated professors decide to study economics? Read Chris Neilson's story: https://j-p.al/2tiOEzc. 14 hours 3 min ago.
- We're looking for a mid-career professional to join the J-PAL team at MIT as a Training Manager, helping develop new and creative ways to increase knowledge about impact evaluations. Know someone who would be a good fit? Please share widely! https://j-p.al/2m2oJpf 4 days 1 hour ago.
- On the blog - check out J-PAL North America's Todd Hall on bringing together policymakers and practitioners to shift cultural norms toward evaluation: j-p.al/2IlAcK1. 1 week 2 days ago.
- Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) shared their event. Join us on April 4 for our next Data, Decisions, Public Policy talk! Register at https://www.povertyactionlab.org/d2p2 to attend in person at MIT or watch live online. 1 week 4 days ago.
- Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) added an event. In the next installment of our Data, Decisions, Public Policy (D2P2) lecture series, Elie Hassenfeld, Cofounder and Executive Director of Givewell, will deliver a talk entitled "Making Donor Dollars Count: GiveWell's Approach to Selecting Charities." As a nonprofit that conducts in-depth research to determine how much good a given program accomplishes per dollar spent, GiveWell is dedicated to identifying outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of their analysis to help donors decide where to give. Elie will share examples of GiveWell's top charities, such as the Deworm the World Initiative and GiveDirectly, to illustrate how GiveWell's selection criteria are applied. He will also discuss strengths and weaknesses of their approach and plans for their future. 1 week 4 days ago.