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Thursday, September 28 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
From Evaluation Findings to Impact at Scale: How Researchers and Social Entrepreneurs Are Collaborating to Put Evidence into Action

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While the body of rigorous evidence about what works in development has grown substantially over the past two decades, there are many fewer examples of that evidence being iterated on, adapted, and implemented at large scale. Why? In part, because evidence generation and scale-up are very different capabilities, and the messy, often politically, organizationally, operationally complex process of delivering impact at scale is hard. Behind some of the best examples of scale-up of evidence-based innovations are strong collaborations between, on the one hand, researchers committed to impact at scale and, on the other hand, social entrepreneurs committed to grounding their work in rigorous evidence - with often times both working hand-in-hand to support a government or other local partner. Such collaborations are facilitating the growth of many high-impact interventions and have led to substantial improvements in the lives of millions. Such partnerships offer researchers opportune testing grounds for generating early evidence about a new innovation as well as an ongoing partner for testing at scale. Meanwhile, these collaborations provide evidence-based social entrepreneurs new insights about their work, allowing them to iterate on and strengthen their programs, as well as the credibility and validation that can come from opening one’s model to rigorous testing. These partnerships are successfully putting evidence into action, identifying and testing high-impact, pro-poor innovations and co-creating cost-effective programs for massive scale. Join us to hear from two pairs of social entrepreneur / researcher collaborators to hear about the ground-breaking work on which they are collaborating - “No Lean Season” and “Teaching at the Right Level” - and the opportunities and challenges of such partnerships.

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Norma Altshuler

Program Officer, Global Development and Population Program, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Norma Altshuler is a Program Officer in Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She manages a portfolio of grants designed to increase the use of data and evidence to improve public policies in developing countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Norma helped found the Global Innovation Fund, where she also built a grant portfolio supporting evidence-informed innovations in developing countries. Prior to that, as a portfolio... Read More →

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Rukmini Banerji

CEO, Pratham Education Foundation
Trained as an economist in India, Dr. Rukmini Banerji completed her BA at St. Stephen’s College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and earned her PhD at the University of Chicago. Dr. Banerji worked as a program officer at the... Read More →
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John Floretta

Director, Policy and Communications, J-PAL Global
John Floretta is Director of Policy and Communications for J-PAL. He works with policymakers, J-PAL affiliated researchers, and J-PAL global and regional staff to disseminate lessons from randomized evaluations and promote evidence informed decision-making and scale-ups of successful... Read More →
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Karen Levy

Director, Global Innovation, Evidence Action
Karen Levy is the Director of Global Innovation at Evidence Action. In this role, she leads the organization’s innovation strategy and oversees “Evidence Action Beta”, the department responsible for testing and building a viable path to scale for promising evidence-based interventions... Read More →
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Mushfiq Mobarak

Professor of Economics, Yale University
Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, a native of Bangladesh, is a Professor of Economics at Yale University with concurrent appointments in the School of Management and in the Department of Economics.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT... Read More →

Thursday September 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center