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 Global and J-PAL North America June 11–15 Cambridge, USA
J-PAL Africa and IPA TBA Kampala, Uganda
J-PAL/CLEAR South Asia TBA New Delhi, India
J-PAL Europe September, date TBA Italy
J-PAL Southeast Asia March 13–15 Jakarta, Indonesia
J-PAL Southeast Asia July, date TBA Solo, Indonesia

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.
Last offered: New Delhi (India), May 3–5, 2017.

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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 a regional contact:

Africa Europe Latin America North America South
Southeast Asia
Ashleigh Morrell Ilf Bencheikh Josefin Pasanen Rohit Naimpally Shubhra Mittal 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 health outcomes in low-income settings. Participants will learn how to measure individual and population health, select health 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 instance is scheduled to start on September 17, 2018 and will run until November 16.

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 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 and its partner organization Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) conduct three annual Global Staff Trainings in the US, India, and Kenya for research staff. The staff training 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, project management, protocols for data quality and security, field team management, and data management and analysis. We also welcome full-time staff from our network of partner research organizations (CEGA, CERP, EPoD, Evidence Action, and others). Learn more about staff training and see upcoming dates and locations below:

Host Location 2018
IPA Kenya Nairobi, Kenya February 18–23
J-PAL South Asia Goa, India August 19-24
J-PAL North America and J-PAL Global Concord, NH, USA November 4–9
Upcoming Courses

Latin America & the Caribbean, Workshop or Training

Introducción a la Evaluación para “Social Changers”

8 March 2018 to 9 March 2018
| Lima, Perú

Desde el sector privado se están ideando nuevas formas de contribuir a la generación de valor social. Emprendimientos sociales, empresas de impacto y filantropía inteligente son algunas de las diversas formas en las que el sector privado está impulsando innovaciones sociales que generan un impacto en su entorno.

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Southeast Asia, Workshop or Training

Evaluating Social Programs

13 March 2018 to 15 March 2018
| Jakarta, Indonesia

Evaluating Social Programs is J-PAL’s flagship executive education course. The two-day course provides participants with an introduction to randomized evaluations and when they can be used strategically in program or policy evaluation. An optional third day is open to participants who wish to understand the pragmatic considerations involved in conducting a randomized evaluation.

Latin America & the Caribbean, Workshop or Training

Diplomado en Evaluación de Impacto de Programas y Políticas Públicas 2018

17 April 2018 to 27 November 2018
| Santiago de Chile

Actualmente es poco lo que se sabe en relación a qué políticas realmente funcionan para contrarrestar la problemática para la cual fueron implementadas. ¿Cómo generar entonces conocimiento sobre las políticas que realmente funcionan para reducir la pobreza, y aprender de ello para tomar mejores decisiones de política pública?