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Evidence-Informed Policy and Randomized Evaluations
Start Date: 3/19/2015Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 3/19/2015End Time: 2:30 PM

Event Description:
The Suffolk Philosophy Society and the Philosophy Department present an event in the Philosophy Colloquium Series:

Evidence-Informed Policy and Randomized Evaluations: Rigorous Research and Ethical Conduct in Social Policy Studies
Graham Simpson, Policy Associate, J-PAL North America
Geeti Mehra, Policy Associate, J-PAL North America
ABSTRACT: What is the effect of extending health insurance to the uninsured? Can cognitive behavioral therapy help males in Chicago stay out of jail? More generally, how can we be confident in estimating the impact of an innovative program? When policymakers have to choose how to spend limited resources on multiple programs, decisions should be informed by rigorous estimates of programs’ casual effects. Policy Associates from MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) will discuss the role of randomized evaluations in studying social programs. We will give examples of studies that informed debates in public policy, focusing on the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, an evaluation of extending Medicaid to low-income, uninsured adults, and an evaluation of Becoming a Man, a school-based Chicago program intended to help at-risk males. We will discuss logistical, political, and ethical concerns surrounding randomized evaluations, offering solutions where possible.

Refreshments will be served.
Location Information:
Boston Campus - Archer Building  (View Map)
20 Derne St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
United States
Room: Munce Conference Room (A110)
Contact Information:
Name: Evgenia Cherkasova
Intended Audience:
  • Faculty
  • General Public
  • Graduate Students
  • Guests
  • Staff
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Sponsor(s):
  • College of Arts & Sciences

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