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Proving effectiveness – is it possible? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
October 19, 2010, 3:55 pm
Filed under: measuring results

Esther Duflo, founder and director of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT delivers a thought provoking lecture about how randomized control experiments, a cornerstone of J-PAL’s work, can prove that some development programs are more effective than others. Randomized control experiments have been popularly used to determine the effectiveness of health care options by holding a control group constant and then applying the treatment (or program) to a different group, afterwards comparing the results. Duflo believes that this methodology can also be applied to studying the effectiveness of aid programs. She specifically addresses 3 big development questions: how to immunize more children, how much to charge for bed nets, and how to get more children to stay in school longer. Think you know the answers? Listen to her perspective here. Interested in learning more about J-PAL and their methodology for evaluating program effectiveness? Click here.

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