Online Courses

J-PAL’s online training courses bring our capacity-building materials on impact evaluation to a worldwide audience.

Online courses run in regular intervals. Past course instances are archived and can be accessed outside the regular course cycle.

J-PAL 101x: Evaluating Social Programs

J-PAL offers an interactive online version of its in-person executive education course. This course equips learners with a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations and how they are conducted in real-world settings to measure the impact of development programs. The five-week course is available in three languages and is free of cost, except for a small fee for an (optional) certificate of completion. Visit the course pages below to learn more and register.

J-PAL 102x: Designing and Running Randomized Evaluations

Learn about why and when to conduct randomized evaluations and the key components of a well-designed randomized evaluation. Additional topics include:

  • How to implement randomized evaluations in the field
  • Questionnaire design, piloting, and quality control
  • Data collection and management
  • Best practices to ensure research transparency

The 11-week course is offered three times per year on the edX platform. Visit the course page to learn more and register.

This course is part of the J-PAL/MITx MicroMasters program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy, a rigorous academic program that combines online coursework with in-person exams to earn a MicroMasters credential. The courses cover topics in economics, econometrics, development, and policy and can be taken individually without enrolling in the full program or taking the exams. Learn more about MicroMasters program or visit the MicroMasters portal to register.


J-PAL 350x: Measuring Health Outcomes in Field Surveys

J-PAL 350x is designed for people from a variety of backgrounds, including those who are new to health research as well as managers and researchers from international development organizations, foundations, governments, and non-governmental organizations. The course is available free of cost on the edX platform, except for a small fee for an (optional) certificate of completion.

This eight-week edX course focuses on the fundamentals of field-based health research with an emphasis on measuring health outcomes in low resource settings. The course showcases real world examples from research studies by J-PAL affiliated professors in India and Kenya to provide practical insights about study design, measurement of health outcomes and data collection, as well as common challenges and constraints in implementing health surveys in the field. The course covers topics such as:

  • Measuring individual and population health
  • Selecting health indicators
  • Measurement tools and selection
  • Questionnaire development
  • Ethical issues

Learn more and enroll.


Addressing Health Challenges in Africa

This course is intended primarily for individuals working on the design and implementation of health policies and programs in francophone Africa, including but not limited to staff of government ministries, hospitals and health centers, international organizations, medical NGOs, and public health students. The free nine-week course is presented in French, with French, English, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles on the FUN platform. There is no prerequisite to enroll.

Despite their diversity, francophone sub-Saharan African countries experience similar types of health challenges. Recent rigorous studies from various regions across the globe point toward possible solutions to improve the health outcomes of the most vulnerable groups. This course aims to:

  • Provide an overview of the health challenges francophone sub-Saharan countries are currently facing.
  • Introduce participants to randomized evaluations, a methodology used to rigorously determine which health programs work best.
  • Present in detail the most promising solutions: How can we take price sensitivity into account? How can we inform and encourage people to modify their health behavior? How can we improve the behavior of health personnel? How can we enhance child and maternal health?
  • Help participants identify and use high-quality scientific evidence for decision-making

Watch the course trailer and visit the course page to learn more and register.

Upcoming course dates

Visit the links below to enroll in upcoming online courses or view the most recent course run. Links to the next offering will be updated as they become available.

Course name Duration (weeks) Language Offering date*
J-PAL 101x: Evaluation Social Programs 5 English
July 2020
J-PAL 102x: Designing and Running Randomized Evaluations 11 English February 4, 2020
J-PAL 350x: Measuring Health Outcomes in Field Surveys 8 English TBA
Addressing Health Challenges in Africa 9 French TBA

* Please note: If the course offering is in archive mode, the material will not be fully accessible until the next run date. We will update the next offering as new dates are announced.

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