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Building Better Social ProgramsHow Evidence Is Transforming Public Policy$
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David Stoesz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190945572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190945572.001.0001

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Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

(p.175) Chapter 9 Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Building Better Social Programs

David Stoesz

Oxford University Press

Established by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee at MIT, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) initially focused on randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in developing countries. In 2013, J-PAL pivoted to mount RCTs in North America, evaluating the Oregon Medicaid program and developing an expansive study of the Nurse-Family Partnership in South Carolina. As a means to expand the talent pool of development practitioners, J-PAL developed a MicroMasters for students available worldwide. In order to extend RCTs, J-PAL introduced a Local and State Innovations Initiative, providing funding and technical assistance to encourage organizations serving the poor to mount field experiments.

Keywords:   international development, randomized controlled trials

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