J-PAL courses help implementers, policymakers, and researchers become better producers and users of evidence and equip learners worldwide with skills in data analysis and economics. We offer open enrollment courses, custom workshops, and online courses, and organize trainings for research staff. J-PAL has created an online MicroMasters credential in cooperation with MITx and a Diploma in Impact Evaluation with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Open Enrollment Courses
Evaluating Social Programs: J-PAL's flagship course is an executive education program on the design and use of randomized evaluations, tailored to the needs of policymakers, M&E personnel, and research staff in governments, international organizations, foundations, and NGOs. It is currently offered at least three times a year at different J-PAL offices and taught jointly by J-PAL affiliated professors and senior staff. Learn more about Evaluating Social Programs, including instructors, content, and pricing, and see the upcoming course dates below:
Measurement and Survey Design: This annual three-day course is hosted by J-PAL South Asia and introduces basic survey and data collection methodologies to researchers, M&E professionals, and other individuals interested in gaining essential skills for collecting high quality primary data. Topics include developing unbiased measures, designing and piloting questionnaires, identifying the survey sample, and collecting data. Learn more about Measurement and Survey Design.
|Course Name||Location||Current or *Next Offering||Language|
|Evaluating Social Programs||Cambridge, MA, USA||June 2020||English|
|New Delhi, India||July 1–5 2019||English|
|Banda Aceh, Indonesia||July 20–21 2019||Indonesian|
|Cape Town, South Africa||July 29–August 2, 2019||English|
|Measurement and Survey Design||New Delhi, India||May 8–10 2019||English|
*Next offering: 2020 dates are currently tentative but will be updated in early January 2020.
J-PAL can design a custom course for your organization with content that is tailored to a specific sector (e.g. health or education), geographic region, or level of technical detail. Past custom courses include three-day to five-day versions of our Evaluating Social Programs and Measurement and Survey Design courses, courses on randomized evaluations as part of a Monitoring and Evaluation strategy, two- to three-day Evidence to Policy courses on how to find, interpret, and use existing scientific evidence in decision-making, as well as Advanced Impact Evaluation courses for more technical audiences. J-PAL Latin America has pioneered Incubator Workshops that bring implementers and university researchers together to work on joint projects.
Please contact us at [email protected] for more information, or reach out directly to our regional offices that conduct custom courses:
|J-PAL Europe||Ilf Bencheikh|
|J-PAL Latin America||Edoardo Trimarchi|
|J-PAL North America||Toby Chaiken|
|J-PAL South Asia||Jessica Meckler|
|J-PAL Southeast Asia||Jenna Juwono|
|J-PAL Africa||Michelle Vogelzang|
J-PAL 101x - Evaluating Social Programs: This free course is an online version of J-PAL's Evaluating Social Programs. It focuses on the benefits and methods of randomization, how to choose the appropriate sample size, and potential challenges to the validity of an experiment. The course is offered at least once a year in both English and Spanish (Evaluación de Impacto de Programas Sociales) on the interactive MITx platform. A Portuguese version (Avaliação de Impacto de Programas e Políticas Sociais) is hosted by the Brazilian National School of Public Administration (ENAP). Learn more about J-PAL 101x.
J-PAL 350x - Measuring Health Outcomes in Field Surveys: This free course focuses on the fundamentals of collecting health information, with an emphasis on measuring outcomes in low-income settings. Participants will learn how to measure individual and population health, select indicators and measurement tools, and design surveys, as well as explore practical issues related to safety, hygiene, and ethics. The nine-week course is offered once a year and hosted on the MITx platform. Learn more about J-PAL 350x.
Addressing Health Challenges in Africa: Drawing on evidence from randomized evaluations conducted by J-PAL affiliates, this free online course focuses on identifying and addressing health challenges and ways to enhance health policies and programs in Francophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The nine-week course is offered once a year and hosted on the FUN MOOC platform. The course is presented in French, with French, English, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles. There is no prerequisite for enrollment. Learn more about Addressing Health Challenges in Africa and visit the course page to learn more and register.
The J-PAL/MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy: The DEDP MicroMasters, a collaboration between J-PAL, the MIT Economics department, and MITx, graduated its first learners in Summer 2017. Learn more about the MicroMasters Credential or visit the MicroMasters online portal.
2019 Online Course Schedule
|Course Name||Platform||Duration (weeks)||Language||*Offering date|
|J-PAL 101x: Evaluating Social Programs||edX||5-6||English||July 2, 2019
|J-PAL 350x: Measuring Health Outcomes in Field Surveys||edX||8||English||October 2019
|Addressing Health Challenges in Africa||FUN||9||French||June 3, 2019
|J-PAL/MITx MicroMasters: Data, Economics, and Development Policy||edX||12||English||September 3, 2019
*If the course offering date has passed or in archive mode, the material will not be fully accessible until the next run date. We will regularly update the next offering as new dates are announced.
In collaboration with the Economics Department of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), J-PAL offers the Diploma in Impact Evaluation of Public Policy and Social Programs (Diplomado en Evaluación de Impacto de Programas y Políticas Públicas). The Diploma is taught at PUC in Santiago, Chile by J-PAL affiliate professors and PUC faculty. Learn more about the diploma or visit the program website (in Spanish).
J-PAL and IPA host three research staff trainings annually for full-time research assistants, field managers, and other research staff who work on randomized evaluations conducted by J-PAL affiliates and other research partners. For more information, including 2019, 2020, and 2021 dates and application process information, please see here.
Interested in sending staff to a J-PAL Research Staff Training? Please contact [email protected] or send email directly to Lindsey Shaughnessy of IPA (for Kenya) Jessica Meckler of J-PAL South Asia (for India) and Toby Chaiken of J-PAL North America (for USA) staff training.