Synthesize evidence from randomized evaluations


J-PAL produces J-PAL-branded Policy Insights that synthesize global evidence with the goal of providing a tool to inform policy decisions with scientific evidence. J-PAL’s academic chairs and staff draw these insights from randomized evaluations. Policy Insights summarize J-PAL’s perspective on the evidence on a topic, with links to the original research and policy summaries. Within this broader effort, the J-PAL Labor Markets Sector has committed to producing Policy Insights through December 2020 that focus on how to help young people succeed in the world of work. The lead entity is J-PAL, and the source of financing is J-PAL core funding.


Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Academic institution or scientific community

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

Key Highlight On Guiding Principle

In 2022 we focused significant effort on supporting local researchers to lead projects in their local contexts through the Jobs and Opportunity Initiative African Scholars Program.


The J-PAL Labor Markets Sector will produce 1-2 J-PAL-branded Policy Insights per year in 2019 and 2020. Oversight of the process will be provided by J-PAL academic leaders Marianne Bertrand (University of Chicago) and Bruno Crepón (ENSAE and École Polytechnique). These policy publications aim to take evidence from multiple randomized evaluations of labor programs and make it digestible to policymakers to be used as an input in their decision-making process. J-PAL uses this synthesis work as a foundation for our policy outreach efforts to governments, NGOs, and other implementers to help them use evidence to inform their programming decisions about how to promote youth employment.

Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • Progress: 2 out of 2 knowledge products on youth employment developed

    8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    Two-page J-PAL-branded Policy Insight on a topic related to youth employment to inform policy and programmatic decisions based on scientific evidence.

    BY: Dec 2020





Target: All ages


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