IDEA Conference

April 2, 2020 to April 3, 2020
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge
MIT dome

J-PAL’s Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action Initiative (IDEA) will host the IDEA Conference on April 2-3, 2020, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The IDEA Conference will bring together contributing researchers, data providers, and practitioners for presentations and collaborative discussions of each chapter in the handbook. We are excited for this opportunity to share the hard work and expertise of each of our chapter contributors, and look forward to hosting many J-PAL affiliates and experts in administrative data at MIT.

The IDEA Conference is by invitation. If you would like to participate in the conference, and for questions about scheduling, travel, or logistics, please contact Evan Williams.

Learn more about J-PAL's Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action Initiative (IDEA).

For Conference participants

We are finalizing our rooms for the conference, which will be at the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(subject to slight changes as conference plans are finalized)

Thursday, April 2, 2020
11:30am: Registration and lunch
1:30pm: Sessions begin 
5:30pm: Last session of the day ends
6:00pm: Dinner & reception, location TBA

Friday, April 3, 2020
8:30: Arrive and light refreshments 
9:00am: Sessions begin
12:00pm: Lunch
3:00pm: Concluding remarks
3:15pm: Conference ends, speakers and discussants depart

We have reserved a block of 20 rooms at the Boston Marriott Cambridge in Kendall Square, located at 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142. Conference participants are invited to book one of these reserved rooms. Please contact Evan Williams at for booking information or for additional lodging recommendations near campus.