Evaluations

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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A healthcare worker and mother with a baby in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the Business of Saving Lives

In Uganda, an incentivized community health promoter program increased health care access, knowledge, and health-promoting behaviors among households, leading to a 27 percent reduction in child mortality.
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Will Technology Transform Education for the Better?

In recent years, there has been widespread excitement around the transformative potential of technology in education. The hype around education technology is rapidly outpacing evaluation of ed tech programs. How do we ensure that these innovative tools are actually helping our students learn? And...
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Mind the Gap: Aligning Immigrant Students' Aspirations to Abilities

Offering tutoring and career counseling to high-ability immigrant students closed the educational gap between native-born and immigrant boys in Italy.
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Are all students ready for boarding?

Disadvantaged students who attended France’s first “boarding school of excellence” had large improvements in math scores after two years. Students initially experienced reductions in well-being, but adjusted to their new environment by the second year.
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Considering All the Options: A Low-Cost Way to Reduce School Dropout

Parent meetings with school principals that provided guidance on selecting academic tracks helped reduce grade repetition and high school dropout among low-achieving students in France.
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Reducing Pregnancy Among Adolescents

Across a range of programs, interventions that successfully changed the calculus of costs and benefits of unprotected sexual activity and childbirth delayed pregnancy among adolescents. Some programs directly altered costs and benefits while others shifted perceptions of them.
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Stopping a Bullet with a Summer Job

Summer youth employment programs that provided minimum wage summer jobs to mainly disadvantaged youth in New York City and Chicago reduced arrests for violent crimes, incarceration, and premature deaths.
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Simplifying the Barriers Along the Bridge to College

While past approaches to helping students transition to college have focused on increasing financial aid, the college application process itself presents a barrier to college access. J-PAL's new policy bulletin summarizes five randomized evaluations of interventions designed to improve college...
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Smartcards for Smarter Payments

In India, a biometrically authenticated payment system reduced corruption and substantially improved the delivery of government social assistance programs despite partial implementation.