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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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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.
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.
women holding hand out to receive medication

On Track: Health Care, Patient Data, and Provider Performance

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June 8, 2020
Biometric tracking increased the likelihood that patients adhered to recommended tuberculosis treatment, improved health worker attendance, and reduced misreporting of patient data by health workers.

HCDI Evidence Wrap-up

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March 26, 2020
This publication describes some work to date supported by J-PAL North America’s US Health Care Delivery Initiative (HCDI). It summarizes the results of several randomized controlled trials supported by HCDI, as well as several publications related to studies supported by HCDI.
A healthcare worker and mother with a baby in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the Business of Saving Lives

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February 5, 2019
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.
Young women take a group photo

Reducing Pregnancy Among Adolescents

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June 12, 2018
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.

Responding to Risk: HIV Prevention and Male Circumcision

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December 17, 2015
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...

The Power of Information in Community Monitoring

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July 1, 2015
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.

After the Transfers Stop

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June 30, 2014
  • Norbert Schady
  • Renos Vakis
  • Tania Barham
  • John Maluccio
Cash transfers directed to female caregivers in Nicaragua led to gains in child-development outcomes that persisted beyond the duration of the program.