Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) J-PAL was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at MIT. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL is propelled by a first-rate team dedicated to research, policy, training, and other vital work, supporting J-PAL's mission to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence.
J-PAL South Asia, which is based at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in India, analyses and disseminates research results and builds partnerships with policymakers to ensure that policy is driven by evidence, and that programs proven effective are scaled up. We have a growing number of partnerships in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
About the Project:
The objective of this specific project, "the impact of financial incentives on ASHAs’ performances and health outcomes in Gujarat," is to identify and test ways to improve the provision of primary health care and, ultimately, to improve health outcomes in the state of Gujarat. More specifically, the project is going to investigate ways to improve the effectiveness of community health provision, as provided by the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA).
The PIs have obtained pilot funding from the CaTCH initiative, managed by J-PAL South Asia, and there have been a number of meetings with the government of Gujarat, which is eager to collaborate in the definition of a large-scale Randomized Controlled Trial that could provide results directly transferrable into policy making. The conversation and detail definition is however currently still ongoing. This therefore represents a unique opportunity for the RA to join a project from the very early stage and significantly contribute to both its definition and implementation. The RA will be responsible for the implementation of the pilot and the associated data collection.
Research Associate Roles and Responsibilities:
The RA will work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety tasks including, but not limited to:
Desired Qualifications and Experience: