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EvaluationsPolicy 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.

Policy Issue


Responding to Risk: HIV Prevention and Male Circumcision

Rebecca Thornton

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 information and reducing the price of circumcision only slightly increased take-up.

Man and woman receiving job counseling in France

Labor Markets

Public or Private? Job Counseling in France

Bruno Crépon, Luc Behaghel, Marc Gurgand

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.


Building Stable Livelihoods for the Ultra-Poor

A multifaceted livelihood program for ultra-poor households led to large and lasting impacts on their standard of living across a diverse set of contexts and implementing partners.
See in: French, Spanish

Agriculture, Environment, Energy, & Climate Change

Resilient Rice

Alain de Janvry, Elisabeth Sadoulet

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.

Political Economy & Governance, Health

The Power of Information in Community Monitoring

Jakob Svensson, Martina Björkman Nyqvist

A community-based monitoring program in Uganda led to large and sustained increases in health care utilization and improvements in child health. The key to success was providing communities with information on the performance of local health care providers.

Education, Labor Markets

Moving to Opportunity

Jens Ludwig, Lawrence Katz, Raj Chetty

Helping families with young children living in high-poverty housing projects to move to lower-poverty neighborhoods improves the later-life outcomes for the children and may reduce the intergenerational persistence of poverty.
See in: Spanish


Where Credit is Due

Seven randomized evaluations show that microcredit does not have a transformative impact on poverty, but it can give low-income households more freedom in optimizing the ways they make money, consume, and invest.
See in: Spanish