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Creating a culture of evidence use in Latin America | J-PAL report

New J-PAL Report: Creating a Culture of Evidence Use in Latin America

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, by Samantha Carter, Samantha Friedlander, Julu Beth Katticaran, Claudia Macías, Edoardo Trimarchi, and Claire Walsh

It’s easy to talk about increasing the use of evidence in policy—but what does it take to do this in practice? What are some first steps governments can take to build a culture of using data and evidence in decision-making? What role can researchers and practitioners play in supporting these efforts?

Our new J-PAL report, “Creating a Culture of Evidence Use: Lessons from J-PAL’s Government Partnerships in Latin America,” tackles... Read More

Introducing the European Social Inclusion Initiative

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, by Luc Behaghel, Hélène Giacobino, Marc Gurgand, Anna Schrimpf, and Ana Maria Tabacaru

A child who grows up in a low-income family is less likely to thrive in school, be in good health, and earn a decent income as an adult. In Europe, this is especially true of children with a migrant background, who are more than twice as likely to grow up in poverty as children with native-born parents. The economic and social isolation these individuals face is often called... Read More

Opening doors for refugee learners: Meet Ruba

Friday, December 7, 2018, by Lauren Benner

This is a guest post from Lauren Benner of the MIT Refugee Action Hub.

More than 68.5 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and stability. A majority of these refugees face long-term displacement. Most will not have the opportunity to return home for 7-20 years.

For many, this is an entire childhood or young adulthood spent in... Read More

Recap of Financial Inclusion Week Twitter chat: Getting digital inclusion right

Friday, December 7, 2018, by Mikaela Rabb

Globally, 1.7 billion adults remain unbanked without an account at a financial institution or mobile money provider according to the World Bank’s Global Findex 2017 report. Yet, two thirds of these unbanked adults have a mobile phone, making digital technology a great opportunity to broaden financial inclusion.

On October 31st, J-PAL’s Finance sector and the Center for Effective Global Action’s Digital Credit Observatory hosted a Twitter chat... Read More

How do we achieve affordable, quality health care? Follow the evidence.

Thursday, December 6, 2018, by Darshak Sanghavi, MD

This is a guest post from Darshak Sanghavi of OptumLabs.

As a pediatrician, a health policy director, and now as a chief medical officer, I’ve dedicated my career to improving health outcomes. Through this journey, I’ve been continually inspired by new ways to improve health at scale, and by the important role that rigorous evidence and partnerships can play to improve population health. 

In 2016 I worked within the... Read More

Moving from evidence to policy change

Thursday, November 8, 2018, by Iqbal Dhaliwal and Benjamin Olken

Today we launch an expanded section of our website called Evidence to Policy, which explores how J-PAL affiliated researchers and staff, along with government and NGO partners, have drawn on evidence produced by randomized evaluations to inform policy changes around the world.

The new section includes 17 case studies from J-PAL’s broad body of experience learning how evidence can be applied. We think these examples are particularly illustrative of... Read More

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Translating global evidence on violence prevention to the Mexican context

Friday, November 2, 2018, by Isabel Mejía Fontanot and Max Mendez-Beck

The Latin America region suffers disproportionately from criminal violence. According to the Igarapé Institute’s Homicide Monitor, 16 out of the 20 countries with the highest homicide rates worldwide are located in the region. This includes Mexico, which has one of the highest homicide counts in the world—recording over 30,000 murders in 2017.

While much of this violence has been attributed to the rise of organized crime... Read More

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