Policy Publications

Search our database of policy briefcases, bulletins, and evidence reviews. 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. Evidence reviews summarize an existing academic literature review, like a handbook chapter or white paper, for a policy audience.

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Female students wearing headscarves are seated in an English classroom at Jambiani Secondary School in Jambiani, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Boosting Adolescent Girls' Agency Through Life Skills Training

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March 12, 2024
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Measurement of Holistic Skills in RCTs: Review and Guidelines

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December 1, 2023
J-PAL recently launched its Learning for All Initiative, which has a core focus on breadth of skills. There is much to learn about whether and how interventions can affect skills that extend beyond literacy and numeracy, including cognitive skills, social skills, emotional skills, creative skills...
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Cultivating Active Citizenship Skills Among Youth

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September 28, 2023
A civic education programme implemented through student-centred teaching methods cultivated students’ sense of altruism and tolerance towards others. The intervention also improved students’ academic achievement and school behaviour.
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Ideas to improve educational outcomes during and after the Covid-19 outbreak

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September 8, 2022
At the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, an unprecedented 1.6 billion children and youth were out of school. In many contexts, children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds are at risk of being left further behind as schools reopen around the world. This evidence wrap-up shares ideas for...
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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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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.
Sule Alan talks to children in a classroom in Turkey.

Understanding Each Other: Improving Inter-Ethnic Cohesion in Schools in Turkey

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August 4, 2020
  • Ceren Baysan
  • Mert Gumren
  • Elif Kubilay
An interactive classroom program encouraging students to consider one another’s perspectives in Turkey lowered peer violence, improved relationships between refugee and Turkish students, and increased prosocial behaviors like trust, cooperation, and altruism.
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Will Technology Transform Education for the Better?

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January 1, 2019
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...