J-PAL Africa, which is based at the University of Cape Town, supports researchers running randomized evaluations in Africa, conducts trainings to build capacity in understanding and running randomized evaluations, and works with policymakers to help them leverage rigorous evidence to make policies more effective and scale up the most promising programs.
MIT News covers J-PAL leadership's paper "The Generalizability Paper," which sets out a framework for bringing a successful program to scale in a new setting.
The latest J-PAL Bulletin analyzes results from three randomized evaluations of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs in the United States and Liberia. Researchers found that CBT helped young men become more focused on the future, reducing criminal and violent behavior and increasing graduation rates when delivered in school.
GiveDirectly has expanded its cash transfer program, which was found in a randomized evaluation to have improved economic and psychological well-being in Kenya, to reach over 60,000 households in rural Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda since 2013.
There are 254 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations in 27 countries in Africa.
How do matching gifts influence charitable giving? Evidence from a randomized evaluation in the United States: https://t.co/ctE9hX7T9Q
Resilient rice: Read how flood-tolerant rice increased yields for smallholder farmers in #India. https://t.co/BeEuuN6Sqn
Who benefits most from school access policies? A #gender breakdown of results from randomized evals:… https://t.co/lz18vqGe8c...
Enrollment is now open for The Challenges of Global Poverty, w/ J-PAL's Esther Duflo & Abhijit Banerjee:… https://t.co/PKyKeEJubu
If people receive cash, will they spend it responsibly? We review the evidence: https://t.co/ujzS04fGnR @NextBillion...
- New blog post up at @ONE on evidence in girls' education: https://www.one.org/us/2017/08/09/girls-education-barriers/ 1 day 20 hours ago.
- 61 million kids of primary school age are out of school. How to increase enrollment? (1) Reduce costs (financial & other); (2) Increase perceived benefits; and (3) General programs that seek to increase schooling for all tend to help girls as much as - or even more than - boys. Learn more: https://j-p.al/2vJvjqp 2 days 17 hours ago.
- Gain practical skills and theoretical knowledge to tackle some of the most pressing problems facing the world’s poor from an evidence-driven perspective. Enroll today in The Challenges of Global Poverty, a free online course from MIT. Starts September 26. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2fmf8sY 4 days 21 hours ago.
- 62 million kids around the world aren't in primary school. We analyzed results from 58 randomized evaluations on school enrollment programs to find what worked best: https://j-p.al/2vJvjqp 4 days 22 hours ago.
- The ability to effectively and accurately interpret data and communicate data driven insights is crucial for influencing and making informed decisions. Enroll now in Data Analysis for Social Scientists, a free online course from MIT to make more informed decisions of cultural, social, economics, and policy interest. Starts September 26. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2flPkxa 4 days 22 hours ago.