Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was established in 2003 as a research center in 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 the 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.
Growing evidence shows that schools with better management practices achieve better results. Yet, little evidence exists on how to improve these practices—, especially in developing countries. Most prior studies have sought to influence school management by providing principals with information on student performance. These studies found that these interventions work when principals have some minimum level of capacity. However, no study has satisfactorily addressed the more challenging question of how to build principals’ long-term capacity. Drs. Alejandro Ganimian (NYU) and Daniela Scur (MIT) plan to conduct a 200-school randomized evaluation in Pune and Haryana of one of the few principal training programs being implemented at scale in developing countries: the India School Leadership Initiative (ISLI). ISLI combines in-person workshops, school walkthroughs, and professional networks for over two years.
The RA will work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:
Desired Qualifications and Experience: