Research Resources

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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).

Slides: Threats and Analysis

Learn about threats to inference and ways to design field experiments to guard against them in these slides from J-PAL's Executive Education Course.

Slides: Sampling and Sample Size

Learn how sample size and other factors affect statistical power in these slides from J-PAL's Executive Education Course.

Slides: What is Evaluation?

Learn why evaluate social programs, what is evaluation, and the components of evaluation in these slides from J-PAL's Executive Education Course.

Slides: Why randomize?

Learn about why, when properly designed and conducted, randomized evaluations provide the most credible method of estimating program impact in these slides from J-PAL's Executive Education Course.

Resources on How to Obtain and Use Nonpublic Administrative Data

J-PAL North America developed this pair of resources to support the use of nonpublic administrative data for randomized evaluations. The guide provides general tips on how to obtain and use these data. The catalog of key US data sets provides agency-specific information on how to request data.

Using Administrative Data for Randomized Evaluations

A guide that provides practical guidance on how to obtain and use nonpublic administrative data for a randomized evaluation.

Administrative Steps for Launching a Randomized Evaluation in the United States

A checklist that provides guidance on the logistical and administrative steps that are necessary to launch a randomized evaluation that adheres to legal regulations, follows transparency guidelines required by many academic journals, and complies with security procedures required by regulatory or ethical standards.