Improving Lives Through Evidence

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The Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt people’s lives and communities across the world. Evidence-informed policymaking is key to ensuring that the most vulnerable are able to adapt. In the 2021-22 edition of "Improving Lives Through Evidence," learn how we forged partnerships for more equitable and evidence-informed policies in 2021, and how we will build on our vision in the new year.

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Last year brought new challenges and demanded innovative solutions. Read how our research, policy, and capacity building work evolved to adapt to lockdowns and meet new evidence needs in the 2020-21 edition of “Improving Lives Through Evidence."

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We launched many exciting initiatives to expand the frontiers of research and evidence-informed policy, and our existing research initiatives contributed funding to help launch 56 new randomized evaluations that test the most effective approaches to fighting poverty. We grew our online MicroMasters program and admitted the first class of students in our new Master’s in Data, Economics, and Development Policy at MIT. And we welcomed 20 top researchers to our affiliate network, while growing our talented team of research, policy, training, and operations staff worldwide.

2019 was also notable for an exceptional reason: J-PAL co-founders Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo and our longtime affiliate Michael Kremer were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.

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