Research Resources

Our library of practical resources is available for researchers undertaking randomized evaluations and those teaching the technique to others. The resources presented here are curated by J-PAL in partnership with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA).

Using administrative data for randomized evaluations

This document provides practical guidance on how to obtain and use nonpublic administrative data for a randomized evaluation.

Real-world challenges to randomization and their solutions

This tool is primarily intended for policymakers and practitioners who have a general understanding of randomized evaluations and want to learn how to address six common challenges.

Brief: What is the Risk of an Underpowered Evaluation?

Randomized evaluations can provide credible, transparent, and easy-to-explain evidence of a program’s impact. However, a randomized evaluation requires sufficient statistical power to yield meaningful results. Budgetary, program, and timing constraints may create pressure to conduct an “underpowered...

The Lessons of Administrative Data

Data gathered by government agencies, school systems, police departments, and hospitals for purposes other than evaluation has powered some of the most important and policy-relevant research produced over the last several years. Compared to new data collected through surveys, administrative data can...