Policy Publications

Search our database of policy briefcases and bulletins. Briefcases summarize the results and policy recommendations from one randomized evaluation, while bulletins synthesize the broader policy lessons emerging from multiple evaluations on the same topic.

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Empowering women through targeted conditional cash transfers

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October 15, 2021
Targeting payments of a nationwide conditional cash transfer program to women increased household spending on food by empowering women and enhancing their decision-making power in the household.
Mixed Christian and Muslim amateur soccer league groups greet each other before a game.

Improving tolerance through soccer in post-ISIS Iraq

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September 29, 2021
  • Salma Mousa
Promoting positive and cooperative contact helped Iraqi Christians displaced by ISIS build tolerance toward Muslim peers after conflict, but these effects did not generalize to the broader Muslim community.
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Getting Parents Involved

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July 20, 2021
Parental involvement meetings increased parents’ participation in their children’s education and reduced delinquent behavior and absenteeism in France. Positive effects were also seen in classmates whose parents did not participate in the program.
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Commitments to Save

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May 25, 2021
Commitment savings products have increased savings and investments in low- and middle-income settings. Providers can improve the impacts of commitment savings products by including design features that meet the needs of the local population.
Health care workers in Sierra Leone put on personal protective equipment during the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak.

Health Care Communities Can Count On

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March 9, 2021
  • Darin Christensen
  • Johannes Haushofer
  • Bilal Siddiqi
  • Maarten Voors
Community monitoring and nonfinancial award programs for health clinics in Sierra Leone improved clinic utilization, patient satisfaction, and reporting during the 2014 Ebola crisis. Community monitoring improved child health and reduced mortality among Ebola patients.
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Improving Lives through Evidence: Adapting to a Changing World 2020-21

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March 8, 2021
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 online 2020-21 edition of “Improving Lives Through Evidence."
A young child receiving immunization drops

Customizing performance pay to overcome health worker procrastination in Pakistan

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January 6, 2021
  • James Andreoni
  • Karrar Hussain
  • Muhammad Yasir Khan
  • Charles Sprenger
Tailoring performance-based incentives according to health providers’ innate characteristics reduced procrastination and increased polio vaccination in Pakistan.
A man tutors two young students

The Transformative Potential of Tutoring for Pre K-12 Learning Outcomes: Lessons from Randomized Evaluations

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September 16, 2020
J-PAL’s Tutoring Evidence Review aims to serve as a resource as education leaders, policymakers, and funders work to combat the Covid-19 learning loss, improve student learning outcomes, and minimize the growth of academic disparities.

Building Capacity, Overcoming Obstacles, and Creating Evidence: An Evaluation Guide for State and Local Policymakers

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August 13, 2020
Since 2015, J-PAL’s State and Local Innovation Initiative has partnered with state and local governments to generate rigorous evidence on what works to reduce poverty around the United States. J-PAL North America has received more than 100 letters of interest from state and local governments across...