Information for Affiliates

This page contains internal resources for J-PAL affiliates. Not an affiliate? Visit our public Research Resources.  

Most of the resources linked on this page are accessible via Google Drive. Affiliates can request access using a Google account. 

Questions? Email Sarah Kopper. 

Quick links

Affiliate directory
Affiliate criteria
J-PAL sectors
J-PAL initiatives
Who should I contact?
Questionnaire database
Calendar of funding opportunities

Important policies 

For projects carried out through J-PAL or funded by its research initiatives, J-PAL has policies in place that guarantee research quality, ethical responsibility, and transparency. J-PAL staff in the regional offices are able to help affiliates implement these requirements. J-PAL Global also offers data publication and trial registration assistance.

  • J-PAL Research Protocols: Our Research Protocols describe "minimum must dos" and best practices to ensure the ethical conduct of research, data security, and data quality. Please review these protocols carefully. All projects funded or carried out by J-PAL must adhere to these guidelines.
  • IPA Research Protocols: Our partner organization Innovations for Poverty Action has a similar set of Research Protocols in place. They give a comprehensive overview on the steps to implement a high-quality field project.
  • RCT registration: All projects funded or implemented by J-PAL must be registered with the AEA RCT Registry. Affiliates are encouraged to register all their RCTs, not just those that are J-PAL-funded or run through a J-PAL office.
  • Data publication guidelines: All data collected for J-PAL funded projects must be published in de-identified form as IRB protocols allow. Affiliates are encouraged to publish all their RCT data. Many funders have also begun to require publication of data that was collected as part of funded projects.

Services for affiliates

Data publication

J-PAL's research team can work with you to clean, label, and document datasets collected as part of a randomized trial before publishing them in the J-PAL Dataverse or another data repository of your choice. Email [email protected]

AEA RCT Registry 

In 2012, the American Economic Association, in cooperation with J-PAL, implemented the AEA RCT Registry. All projects funded or implemented by J-PAL must be registered. Affiliates are encouraged to register all their RCTs. (Note that some journals or funders also require trial registration in a public registry.)

J-PAL’s research team can provide affiliates assistance in registering their projects on the AEA RCT Registry, such as creating drafts based off of information in a research proposal, an application to your Institutional Review Board (IRB), narrative reports, etc. For help requests or questions, contact Keesler Welch (Trial Registry Administrator, J-PAL). The registry is only as meaningful as it is comprehensive; we appreciate your support in this effort.

Human subjects

In addition to our public resources on writing IRB proposals and ethical conduct of RCTs, J-PAL maintains a Google Drive folder that contains some research resources to which all our affiliates and staff have access (please click on "request access" if you cannot see the folder). 

The Human Subjects section in the J-PAL shared Google Drive contains resources relating to human subjects and IRB, such as template consent forms and confidentiality agreements. 

In addition to the above resources on Google Drive, the following information might also be of use:

Links to some of the most frequently used IRBs by our affiliates:

Links to Human Subjects certifications required by J-PAL and IPA for their research staff:

  • CITI (MIT Staff)
  • CITI (J-PAL, non-MIT staff)
  • NIH (IPA and others)

Research manuals

Our public Research Resources are designed around the life cycle of a project, from grant proposals to disseminating results, and contain links to templates, manuals, checklists, and more. In addition to these resources, J-PAL maintains a Google Drive folder that contains some internal research resources to which all our affiliates and staff have access (please click on "request access" if you cannot see the folder). 

Research Staff Training

Updated June 29, 2020

Due to COVID-19, J-PAL staff trainings will be moved to an online format in fall 2020. While this unfortunately means that participants miss out on in-person group interactions and activities, we will make every effort to replicate key facets of the in-person staff training, such as senior staff mentoring and cohort bonding, and deliver all core contents. 

RST South Asia: September 21-October 12, 2020
RST North America: October/November 2020 (dates TBC)

These trainings will be spread out over the course of several weeks, with approximately two hours of lecture materials each day the training is in session. 

The objective of our research staff training is to provide new staff with the theoretical and technical foundations to design and coordinate high-quality research studies in the field. The training covers the basics of randomized evaluations in the social sciences, research ethics and research transparency, as well as practical skills involved in managing a research project, designing effective questionnaires, ensuring data quality and security, collaborating with partner organizations, field team management, and data management and analysis. 

Course Coverage:

The agendas for our 2020 trainings have not yet been set. Pease see the 2019 staff training agendas for North America and South Asia as a reference. The course covers both theoretical and technical topics. 

  • The theoretical topics include lectures on: Research ethics; Research design (theory of change, measurement, etc.); Randomization theory; Power calculation theory
  • The technical topics include lectures and labs on: Questionnaire design; Quality control in the field, for digital and paper surveys; Field team management; Data management; Programming an electronic survey in SurveyCTO; Stata programming, from beginner to advanced; Power calculations in Optimal Design; Data security.

Cost of training:

The fee per participant depends on employment status, country of origin, and date of registration. Fees cover the cost of conducting an online training, such as staff time and costs of hardware and software. Prices will be announced at the time of registration, July 15.

Interested in sending staff to a J-PAL Research Staff Training? For information about the North America staff training, contact Toby Chaiken, Policy and Training Manager, J-PAL North America, or Saurabh Bhajibhakare, Senior Research Manager, J-PAL South Asia, for information about the South Asia staff training.

Budgets and grant writing

J-PAL maintains a Google Drive folder with research resources to which all our affiliates and staff have access (please click on "request access" if you cannot see the folder).

The Budgets and Grant Writing section on Google Drive contains guidelines on how to write grants and prepare budgets. 


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