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 J-PAL-funded projects must be registered with the AEA RCT Registry. Affiliates are encouraged to register all their RCTs, not just those that are J-PAL-funded.
  • 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 J-PAL funded projects 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

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, including information on protocols, IRB documents, and templates. 

The section on Ethical Research Concerns – Other Papers contains papers on the ethics of research.

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

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 Research Manuals section on Google Drive aggregates guidelines, manuals, and documentation about J-PAL protocols across the research process. This runs the gamut from big-picture project management documentation such as our Research Protocols checklist to more niche topics such as tips for batch programming.

Manuals are separated by stage of the research process and can be browsed in Google drive. 

Please note that J-PAL is building out a more comprehensive research resource database for staff and affiliates, launching in 2020.

Research Staff Training

J-PAL and IPA conduct three annual Research Staff Trainings in Kenya, in India, and the US, hosted by IPA, J-PAL South Asia, and J-PAL North America, respectively.

2020 trainings:

Kigali, Rwanda: March 22-27, 2020 (canceled)
Goa, India: September 21-25, 2020
Greenfield, NH, USA: October 18-23

The objective of the training is to provide staff with the theoretical and technical foundations to design and coordinate high-quality research studies in the field. It 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. 

Staff Training Content can be viewed on the J-PAL shared drive: includes sample agenda, lectures, case studies, presentations and course packet.

Course Coverage:

Theoretical topics: Research ethics; Research design (theory of change, measurement, etc.); Randomization theory; Power calculation theory

Technical topics: 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 for Research Associates sent by J-PAL Affiliates depends on the training location, but in the past it has been about $2000 per participant. This fee covers training materials, accommodation and food for five days, and transportation from the destination airport or designated meeting locale to the training location. It does not include travel to the country where training is held, computer programs, or expenses outside of the training location and dates.

Interested in sending staff to a J-PAL Research Staff Training? Please contact [email protected]

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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