Morocco Innovation and Evaluation Lab

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The Morocco Innovation and Evaluation Lab aims to foster development in Morocco by ensuring that policy is informed by rigorous scientific evidence and research is translated into action.

             

Overview

The University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) is partnering with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Center for International Development (CID) to establish the Morocco Innovation and Evaluation Lab (MEL). The Morocco Innovation and Evaluation Lab emerged from the Morocco Employment Lab, an initiative that was launched in 2020 in partnership with the Millennium Challenge Account - Morocco Agency (MCA-Morocco) and hosted by the Policy Center For the New South. With the support of Community Jameel, the lab is expanding its work beyond employment into sectors such as education, social protection, firm growth, agriculture, and environment. 

The MEL works in close collaboration with the public, private, NGO, and philanthropic sectors in Morocco to conduct evaluations that speak to their priorities and share rigorous evidence to inform their decisions

             

In Collaboration With

UM6P University Mohammed VI Polytechnic logo, Harvard CID logo, Community Jameel Logo

Key facts

Activities

Research

Working with implementing partners in Morocco, J-PAL affiliated professors and CID faculty affiliates conduct rigorous impact evaluations that answer key development questions via cutting-edge tools. The foundation of our research approach is the randomized evaluation: a methodology that randomly selects program and comparison groups, implements the program, and compares outcomes across groups to identify causal impacts.

Policy

The MEL identifies research questions relevant to decision-makers in Morocco and shares research results and policy recommendations to ensure that evidence informs policy decisions. We help local actors that are interested in evaluating their programs to identify and work with researchers in the J-PAL and CID network to conduct new evaluations and to scale up programs based on rigorous evidence.

Education and training

To foster a culture of evidence-based policymaking, one of the MEL’s primary goals is to build Moroccan decision-makers and academics’ capacity to generate and use rigorous research. Our training resources include a variety of practitioner- and academic-focused workshops and certificate courses tailored to the needs of participants.

Staff

Florencia Devoto (Project Director, MEL, J-PAL MENA)

Charlotte Tuminelli (Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) Training)

Amelia Rose Knudson (Senior Research & Training Manager at Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) Training)

Ilf Bencheikh (Director of Training, Finance, and Operations, J-PAL Europe)

Jamila Ayoub (Operations, HR, and Finance Manager, MEL, J-PAL MENA)

Quentin Daviot (Research Manager, EVAL-LAB)

Maria Rhomari (Policy Manager, MEL, JPAL-MENA)

Iman Dahr (Research Associate, MEL, JPAL-MENA)

Sara Ameziane Hassani (Policy Associate, MEL, JPAL-MENA)

Louise Paul-Delvaux (Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard Economics Department)

Events

Upcoming

Check back for upcoming events.

Past

Experimentation and Evaluation Put Forward as Key to Morocco's Development (May 25, 2021)
In this event, the chairman of Morocco’s Special Commission for the Development Model presented the report on the New Development Model to His Majesty King Mohammed VI. The mandate of the Commission was to analyze the Kingdom's current development path and to outline a new development model, relying on a broad participative approach. 

Training of Trainers for the Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence Program (March 23 – April 2, 2021)
This "Training of Trainers" workshop equipped Moroccan instructors to teach Harvard EPoD’s Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) blended learning curriculum, with the goal of improving the technical skills and motivation needed to increase data and evidence use among policymakers.

Learning How, Why, and When to Use Randomized Evaluations to Rigorously Measure Social Impact (March 1-9, 2021)
This seven-day, online executive education course provided participants with an in-depth look at how, why, and when randomized evaluations can be used to rigorously measure the impact of social policies and programs.

Smart policy design and implementation framework to improve labor markets in Morocco (October 13, 2020)
This second training event led by the Morocco Employment Lab (MEL) aimed at explaining the Smart Policy Design and Implementation (SPDI) framework for rigorous evaluation applied to labor policy in Morocco.

Leading evidence-based labor policies in Morocco (October 5-6, 2020)
This first training event led by the Morocco Employment Lab (MEL) gathered senior officials from key labor market institutions.

Publications

The COVID-19 in Morocco: Labor Market Impacts and Policy Responses report presents an analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Moroccan economy, focusing on labor markets. The objective of the paper is to inform the Moroccan government’s pandemic response. The paper was prepared by the Morocco Employment Lab, a project led by the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Harvard Kennedy School, and hosted at the Policy Center for the New South, a local Moroccan think-tank. You can read the full paper here in English.

COVID-19 in Morocco: Labor Market Impacts and Policy Responses

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