Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab more commonly known as J-PAL was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence, and research is translated into action .Its main operational activities include conducting rigorous Impact evaluations, policy activities and capacity building.J-PAL is organized both by regional offices and by research themes called Programs. J-PAL’s headquarters is a center within the Economics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with independent regional offices in Africa, Europe, Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia that are hosted by a local university. J-PAL’s Programs include Agriculture, Education, Environment and Energy, Finance, Health, Labor Markets, and Political Economy and Governance.