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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Young men participate in BAM exercise

Practicing Choices, Preventing Crime

Cognitive behavioral therapy helped young men in cities in Liberia and the United States become more focused on the future, reducing criminal and violent behavior and increasing graduation rates when delivered in school.
Man and woman receiving job counseling in France

Public or Private? Job Counseling in France

An intensive counseling program for job seekers at risk of long-term unemployment in France helped them find work sooner than the standard low-intensity counseling program, and the counseling was more effective when provided by a public agency than by private contractors.

Raising Female Leaders

A quota system for female village leaders in India changed perceptions of women’s abilities, improved women’s electoral chances, and raised aspirations and educational attainment for adolescent girls.
Brick buildings

Reducing and Preventing Homelessness: Lessons from Randomized Evaluations

J-PAL’s Evidence Review “Reducing and Preventing Homelessness: Lessons from Randomized Evaluations” highlights key research findings on policies to help people access and maintain stable, affordable housing and identifies research questions that remain to be answered. The publication synthesizes...
Young women take a group photo

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.
Young students in India sitting outside

Reshaping Adolescents’ Gender Attitudes: Encouraging Students to Discuss Gender Equality in the Classroom

A series of interactive classroom discussions about gender equality over two and a half years increased students’ support for gender equality and led students to enact more gender-equitable behavior in the state of Haryana, India.

Resilient Rice

Flood-tolerant rice reduced risk for smallholder farmers in Odisha, India and encouraged additional investment in their farms, resulting in substantially increased yields in both flood and non-flood years.

Responding to Risk: HIV Prevention and Male Circumcision

In rural Malawi, providing information about voluntary medical male circumcision and HIV transmission risk reduced risky sexual behavior among uncircumcised men, but did not increase take-up of circumcision. A subsequent evaluation of a voucher program in urban Malawi found that providing...
Children do arithmetic in chalk on a stone floor in India

Roll Call: Getting Children Into School

Student participation is sensitive to the perceived costs and benefits of education. Although the costs are immediate and easy to observe, school quality and the long-run benefits of education are more difficult to perceive. Children, not only their parents, are important to consider when designing...