This is an exciting time at J-PAL North America. As the newest office of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, J-PAL North America is rapidly expanding its work promoting evidence-based policymaking in North America.
Increasingly, policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels seek rigorous evidence on what works and why in the fight to combat poverty, improve schools, promote health, and address other social issues.
To address these needs, J-PAL North America – which is based at MIT — catalyzes and supports randomized evaluations, communicates evidence to help translate research into action, and helps policymakers build capacity to create and use rigorous evidence.
By ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence, J-PAL North America works to reduce poverty and improve lives.
Last month, J-PAL introduced a new website at www.povertyactionlab.org to provide faster access to evidence, policy lessons, and research resources.
We hope that these tools will provide additional ways of communicating with policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders in North America.
We will also highlight helpful tools for researchers and policymakers, such as our new administrative data guide.