Continuing the RCT conversation: Assessing the evidence from Randomized Evaluations of Economic Interventions in Health

June 13, 2016 - Randomized controlled trials have long been used in medicine and public health. In recent decades, development economists have adopted this rigorous evaluation methodology to test interventions in many sectors.

Participants continued the RCT conversation with Aga Khan Foundation Canada as part of our Measuring Development Impact series. Featuring Thomas Chupein of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), this session presented the evidence and policy lessons that have emerged from more than 150 health evaluations conducted by J-PAL affiliated researchers. Topics include pricing of preventive health care products, behavioral nudges and use of incentives to encourage health-promoting behavior, interventions to improve health care provider performance, and opportunities for collaboration between J-PAL and the global health community.


Thomas Chupein is a Policy Manager at J-PAL and the Health Sector program manager. In these roles, he helps forge new research partnerships and conducts outreach with policymakers to catalyze the use of evidence from J-PAL evaluations. Prior to joining J-PAL, Thomas was Head of Research Initiatives for the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at UC Berkeley, where he helped launch a program on behavioral economics in reproductive health. Previously, he worked as a data analyst for UNICEF in Bhutan, Nepal, and Thailand. Thomas holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Development Studies from UC Berkeley.


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