J-PAL Training and Education

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J-PAL Training and Education

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:

Host 2018 course dates  Location
J-PAL Southeast Asia March 13–15 Jakarta, Indonesia
J-PAL Global and J-PAL North America June 11–15 Cambridge, USA
J-PAL/CLEAR South Asia July 16–20 New Delhi, India
J-PAL Africa and IPA August 6–10 Kampala, Uganda
J-PAL Europe October 15–19 Milan, Italy

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.
Next offered: New Delhi (India), May 28–30, 2018.

To receive email updates announcing new open-enrollment courses, subscribe to our newsletter. Upcoming courses can also be found on our Events page.

Custom Courses

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.

J-PAL custom courses can be taught in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Indonesian. Globally, J-PAL has offered over 30 custom courses in 2017. 

Please contact us at training@povertyactionlab.org for more information, or reach out directly to our regional offices that conduct custom courses:

Office Contact
J-PAL Europe Ilf Bencheikh
J-PAL Latin America Josefin Pasanen
J-PAL North America Toby Chaiken
J-PAL South Asia Jessica Meckler
J-PAL Southeast Asia Aulia Larasati

Online Courses

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 twice 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 and see upcoming course dates below:

Language Date
English July 9–August 10, 2018
Spanish TBA
Portuguese TBA

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
The next J-PAL 350x course is scheduled to start on September 25, 2018 and will run until November 20.

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.

The next DEDP MicroMasters semester begins September 11, 2018.

The J-PAL/PUC Diploma in Impact Evaluation of Public Policy and Social Programs

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).

Research Staff Training

J-PAL conducts two annual Research Staff Trainings in India and the US, hosted by J-PAL South Asia and J-PAL North America, respectively. The research staff training is designed 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. It covers the basics of randomized evaluations in the social sciences, research ethics and research transparency, as well as practical skills involved in managing a research project, designing effective questionnaires, ensuring data quality and security, collaborating with partner organizations, field team management, and data management and analysis. Our partner Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) also offers an annual research staff training in Kenya and welcomes J-PAL research staff. Learn more about staff training and see upcoming dates and locations below:

Host Location 2018 dates
IPA Kenya Nairobi, Kenya February 18–23
J-PAL South Asia Goa, India September 9–14
J-PAL North America and J-PAL Global Greenfield, NH, USA November 4–9

Interested in sending staff to a J-PAL Research Staff Training? Please contact training@povertyactionlab.org or email Shubhra Mittal (J-PAL South Asia) or Toby Chaiken (J-PAL North America).

Upcoming Courses

Latin America & the Caribbean, Workshop or Training

Curso en línea gratuito: Evaluación de Impacto de Programas Sociales

29 October 2018 to 14 December 2018

Este curso introduce las evaluaciones de impacto aleatorizadas (o experimentales) como una herramienta para probar y mejorar la eficacia de programas y políticas sociales. En él se entregarán los conceptos fundamentales para entender en qué consisten las evaluaciones de impacto aleatorizadas, por qué son importantes, cómo se diseñan e implementan, y cómo usar sus resultados.