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J-PAL Europe - The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

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J-PAL Europe is one of the six regional offices of J-PAL (MIT), a research center specialized in the evaluation of social policy and programs aimed at reducing poverty.
J-PAL Europe’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of social policy by supporting researchers working on randomized evaluations, disseminating their results and organizing capacity-building workshops combining the theory and practice of randomized evaluations.

Established in May 2007, and hosted by the Paris School of Economics, J-PAL Europe manages J-PAL activities in Europe, as well as northern and francophone Africa. In 2014, J-PAL affiliated professors have conducted over 35 evaluations in seven European countries, out of which 21 have been in France.
J-PAL works in close collaboration with policymakers in governments, foundations, NGOs and international organizations to disseminate the main conclusions and policy implications of J-PAL’s research and to encourage them to use rigorous evidence to design their programs.
The Policy Team prepares synthetic documents describing all the finalized and ongoing evaluations, the main policy lessons and cost- effectiveness analysis comparing the costs and policy outcomes of several social programs. These documents are written in a simple and concise style in three different languages (English, French and Spanish) and are all regularly updated on J-PAL website.

Besides research and policy outreach, capacity building constitutes one of the main activities of J-PAL Europe. Every year, J-PAL Europe organizes executive trainings on evaluating social programs. This course is designed for people from a variety of backgrounds: managers and researchers from international organizations, foundations, governments and non-governmental organizations from around the world. This course provides a theoretical background to impact evaluations, as well as the practical aspects surrounding their design and implementation. Specific training sessions are also developed for trained economists wanting to broaden their knowledge about randomized evaluations.
For more information on the executive education courses please go to: