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? 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!