Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For J-PAL’s Core Efforts To Reduce Poverty By Informing Policy And Practice With Evidence

Overview
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded on the belief that anti-poverty programs can be made more effective - thus creating positive change in the lives of the poor - if policymakers have access to rigorous scientific evidence on what works and the capacities to apply it. J-PAL pursues three goals: (a) developing the capacity of researchers (including those from low- and middle-income countries) to lead randomized impact evaluations; (b) generating evidence through randomized evaluations that respond to pressing policy problems; and (c) promoting the systematic use and adaptation of evidence in informing policy windows and decision-making processes through tailored synthesis, targeted outreach, and technical assistance. These broad goals lay the foundation for achieving J-PAL's ultimate objective, which aligns with our Evidence-Informed Policymaking strategy: to improve the lives of the poor globally by closing the gap between research, policy, and practice.
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for a project to expand J-PAL’s existing efforts in East and West Africa  
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded on the belief that anti-poverty programs can be made more effective - thus creating positive change in the lives of the poor - if policymakers have access to rigorous scientific evidence on what works and the capacities to apply it. This grant will support J-PAL's efforts to deepen its work in East and West Africa. Specifically, J-PAL plans to (a) build partnerships with select African governments, multilateral donors, research centers, and universities; (b) expand collaborations between East and West African scholars and J-PAL's research affiliates; and (c) support major development actors in Africa to incorporate evidence into the design of large programs. (Strategy: Evidence-Informed Policymaking)

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