J‑PAL Southeast Asia
J-PAL Southeast Asia, based at the University of Indonesia, leads J-PAL’s work in the Southeast Asia region. J-PAL Southeast Asia conducts randomized evaluations, builds partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helps partners scale up effective programs.
Our work spans a wide range of sectors, including social welfare, migration, health, good governance, and financial inclusion. We conduct capacity building activities for policymakers, researchers, and academics seeking to learn and apply rigorous impact evaluation, and work with central and local governments to help build a culture of evidence-informed decision-making in the region.
In Indonesia, researchers are conducting a randomized evaluation of the Transparency for Development (T4D) program. Equipped with a community scorecard that details local health problems and barriers to receiving healthcare, community activists will formulate and undertake social actions to address these barriers to accessing high-quality maternal and neonatal healthcare.
Research by Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Jordan Kyle, Ben Olken, and Sudarno Sumarto finds that distributing a simple card explaining a government aid program leads to poor villagers in Indonesia receiving more of the subsidized rice they are entitled to.
J-PAL Southeast Asia Executive Director Lina Marliani shares examples from J-PAL affiliated researchers’ work to highlight how randomized evaluations can be used to inform open governance programs.
Researchers conducted a randomized evaluation with the Indonesian government that compared self-targeting to automatic screening in the context of a conditional cash transfer program. Requiring households to apply for a cash transfer program in Indonesia discouraged rich households from seeking out benefits and identified a relatively poorer group of beneficiaries.
There are 51 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations in 12 countries in Southeast Asia.
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- Great interview with J-PAL Education sector chair Karthik Muralidharan on the importance of research and learning for evidence-informed policy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYenkvqGwDY 1 hour 48 min ago.
- Curious about the new blended Master's in Data, Economics, and Development Policy? Learn firsthand from Lovemore Mawere, a member of the first incoming class, about why he chose our program and his journey from Zimbabwe to MIT in a guest post on our blog: j-p.al/0a4ab 5 days 1 hour ago.
- We are excited to welcome the first cohort of the new Master’s in Data, Economics, and Development Policy to MIT this January! Twenty-one exceptional students from across the world will build upon their #MicroMasters credentials with in-person classes, internships, and capstone projects. https://j-p.al/50dc3 5 days 21 hours ago.
- Great video from Community Jameel on our long-term partnership and how we approach our work. 1 week 18 hours ago.
- J-PAL 101x: Evaluating Social Programs starts July 2nd, but there's still time to register! In this five-week FREE online course you'll learn why we use randomized evaluations and gain step-by-step training on how impact evaluations are conducted from renowned MIT faculty and J-PAL affiliated professors. Register today: https://www.edx.org/course/evaluating-social-programs-2 3 weeks 20 hours ago.