Staff Profile: Vincent Quan

What do you do at J-PAL? I am a Policy Manager at J-PAL North America. In my role, I support evidence-based policymaking by forming new research partnerships, distilling key policy lessons from research, and assisting policymakers in their use of randomized evaluations.

What drew you to want to work at J-PAL? I have always sought out professional opportunities to help our society’s most marginalized communities. While I enjoy academia, I believe research should be used to shape real-life solutions to our world’s most pressing problems. For this reason, J-PAL’s mission to reduce poverty through evidence-based policymaking really resonated with me.  vincent_quan

What is your favorite place in the world that you have been? Kyoto. When you’re there, it feels like you’ve been transported back in time!

If you had a million dollars to donate, what would you give it to? An organization that provides meaningful, career-track job opportunities to formerly incarcerated youth.

Read Vincent’s bio on the J-PAL North America website.

Announcing the Four Winners of Inaugural J-PAL Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition

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We are delighted to announce today that J-PAL North America has selected CareOregon, Commonwealth Care Alliance, the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority and the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections as the winners of the inaugural Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition. Over the next year, we will work with these four organizations to develop randomized evaluations of innovative programs with the potential to serve as models for improving the health of vulnerable populations. The pioneering efforts of the winners touch on major public health issues: addressing the opioid epidemic, improving social determinants of health, integrating primary and behavioral health care, and engaging high-cost, high-need patients.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with these four innovative organizations to generate evidence with the potential to inform the practice of health care across the United States,” said Amy Finkelstein, the John & Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics at MIT and co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America.

CareOregon, a nonprofit health plan serving a large Medicaid population in Oregon, was selected based on its efforts to leverage a network of social service providers outside of the traditional boundaries of the health care system to improve the health of Medicaid patients. Commonwealth Care Alliance, Massachusetts care delivery system for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with complex medical needs, is deploying financial incentives to engage some of its highest-need, but most difficult to reach patients. The Northeast Delta Human Services Authority, a quasi-governmental behavioral health care safety net provider in northeastern Louisiana, has developed an innovative integrated services network to provide integrated primary care and a range of social services to rural and low-income populations with behavioral health needs. The Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, which administers correctional facilities in Louisville, Kentucky, is designing a pay-for-success initiative to provide treatment to individuals with substance abuse disorders upon release from jail.

“Improving the care we deliver to vulnerable populations is critical to the viability of our health care system. Generating rigorous evidence of innovative programs is a key step in realizing this financial and moral imperative,” said Quentin Palfrey, Executive Director of J-PAL North America.

Read the full press release here and stay updated on our blog to learn more information about the competition winners.

The Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition is a part of J-PAL’s U.S. Health Care Delivery Initiative, which supports the randomized evaluations of strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care in the United States. We’ll be hosting a fall conference to share the work of the initiative. Keep an eye on this blog, our Facebook page, and Twitter feed for more information.

 

Job Opportunity: Policy and Research Intern (Fall 2016)

J-PAL North America is recruiting a Policy and Research Intern for fall 2016 to contribute to its mission of building the capacity of policymakers to use and generate rigorous evidence of what works in the fight against poverty. The Policy and Research Intern will support J-PAL North America’s mission through a range of responsibilities including: supporting the development and coordination of capacity-building activities; supporting stakeholder and partnership engagements, and; assisting in organizing customized courses and trainings for partner organizations.

We are looking for someone with strong organizational and communication skills, knowledge of econometrics or statistics, and an interest in poverty alleviation. This position is based in Cambridge, MA. It is a paid, part-time position (10-20 hours per week) during the 2016 fall semester. Work schedule and start and end dates are flexible.

We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis as we receive them. For more information, see the job description and application information here.

Job Opportunity: Crime and Criminal Justice Intern (Fall 2016)

J-PAL North America is recruiting a Crime and Criminal Justice Intern for fall 2016 to contribute to its new Crime and Violence Prevention Initiative. This new initiative is working on promoting policies that can both reduce violence and encourage policymakers to pursue strategies other than incarceration to achieve this goal building on J-PAL’s previous work on crime. Responsibilities of the Crime and Criminal Justice Intern will include: exploring policies and programs that might benefit from and be well-suited for rigorous evaluation, conducting background research, drafting policy-oriented summaries of specific studies related to criminal justice and assisting with outreach and event planning.

We are seeking someone with strong organizational and communication skills as well as an interest in policies that help disadvantaged communities. This position is based in Cambridge, MA. It is a paid, part-time position (10-20 hours per week) during the 2016 fall semester. Work schedule and start and end dates are flexible and there may be an opportunity to extend the term of the internship to the spring. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis as we receive them. For more information, see the job description and application information here.

Job Opportunity: Education Technology Policy Intern (Fall 2016)

J-PAL North America is recruiting an Education Technology Policy Intern for fall 2016 to contribute to its growing research on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of education technology in the United States. Through its education technology-related work, J-PAL North America builds partnerships with state and local education agencies and other education organizations to design randomized evaluations. In addition, our work develops capacity to rigorously evaluate technology-enabled learning programs and strategies to bridge the digital divide. Responsibilities of the Education Policy Technology Intern will include: exploring technology-enabled policies and programs that might benefit from rigorous evaluation, conducting background research, drafting policy-oriented summaries of specific studies related to education and technology, and assisting with outreach, grants and event planning.

We are seeking someone with strong organizational and communication skills as well as a demonstrated interest in education and technology. This position is based in Cambridge, MA. It is a paid, part-time position (10-20 hours per week) during the 2016 fall semester. Work schedule and start and end dates are flexible. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis as we receive them. For more information, see the job description and application information here.

Multiple Fall Policy Intern Positions Available

J-PAL North America is hiring multiple part-time policy interns for the fall semester, and has open positions in the following areas: crime and criminal justice policy, housing policy, education technology policy, health policy, and a general policy and research position.

These positions are based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, MA, and working hours are flexible.

For more information, and instructions on how to apply, please visit: https://www.povertyactionlab.org/careers?f[0]=field_job_type_role%3AInternship

Staff Profile: Julia Chabrier

What do you do at J-PAL? As a Policy Manager, I write publications that translate our affiliates’ work for policy audiences, help connect policymakers and researchers who could potentially collaborate on new research projects, and conduct policy outreach and capacity building to help policymakers learn more about randomized evaluation and how the results of randomized evaluations could be useful in their decision-making. I lead J-PAL North America’s work in education and also manage the J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative.

What is the most interesting project you have worked on at J-PAL?julia_chabrier The most interesting project that I’ve worked on at J-PAL has been contributing to the launch of the State and Local Innovation Initiative. This has included working on our proposal for funding, spreading the word to state and local governments, and designing the application process for the first round. In June, we announced the first five governments selected to participate in the initiative, so now my job includes thinking through how J-PAL can best support these governments in designing and implementing high-quality and policy-relevant evaluations.

What drew you to want to work at J-PAL? I was drawn to work at J-PAL because I believe strongly in J-PAL’s mission to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. At J-PAL we get to support policymakers and researchers who are working on a wide range of important policy issues and hopefully contribute to helping policymakers improve their effectiveness and the lives of the people they serve.

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Peanut butter!

Read Julia’s bio on the J-PAL North America website.