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Development and reliability of a quantitative personal hygiene assessment tool
International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
Maryann G. Delea, Jedidiah S. Snyder, Mulat Woreta, Kassahun Zewudie, Anthony W. Solomon, Matthew C. Freeman
June 2020

The Impact of Public-Private Partnerships on Private School Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Uganda
Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Pierre De Galbert, James Habyarimana, Shwetlena Sabarwal
Economic Development and Cultural Change
January 2020


Design of a parallel cluster-randomized trial assessing the impact of a demand-side sanitation and hygiene intervention on sustained behavior change and mental well-being in rural and peri-urban Amhara, Ethiopia: Andilaye study protocol
Maryann G. Delea, Jedidiah S. Snyder, Mulusew Belew, Bethany A. Caruso, Joshua V. Garn, Gloria D. Sclar, Mulat Woreta, Kassahun Zewudie, Abebe Gebremariam & Matthew C. Freeman
BMC Public Health

Gender gaps in cognitive and social‐emotional skills in early primary grades: Evidence from rural Indonesia
Nozomi Nakajima, Haeil Jung, Menno Pradhan, Amer Hasan, Angela Kinnell and Sally Brinkman
Developmental Science
December 2019

Examining sustained impacts of two teacher professional development programs on professional well-being and classroom practices
Sharon Wolf and Morgan E. Peeleb
Teaching and Teacher Education
November 2019

Effect of in-line drinking water chlorination at the point of collection on child diarrhoea in urban Bangladesh: A double-blind, cluster-randomised controlled trial
Amy J. Pickering, Yoshika Crider, Sonia Sultana, Jenna Swarthout, Frederick G.B. Goddard, Syed Anjerul Islam, Shreyan Sen, Raga Ayyagari and Stephen P. Luby
The Lancet
September 2019

Childhood Socioeconomic Status and Cognitive Function Later in Life: Evidence From a National Survey in Indonesia
Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
A. Maharani
September 2019

Improving Supply Chain for Essential Drugs in Low-Income Countries: Results from a Large Scale Randomized Experiment in Zambia
Monique Vledder, Jed Friedman, Mirja Sjöblom, Thomas Brown and Prashant Yadav
Health Systems and Reform
June 2019

Joint roles of parenting and nutritional status for child development: Evidence from rural Cambodia
Jan Berkes, Abbie Raikes, Adrien Bouguen and Deon Filmer
May 2019

Longitudinal causal impacts of preschool teacher training on Ghanaian children’s school readiness: Evidence for persistence and fade-out
Sharon Wolf, J. Lawrence Aber, Jere R. Behrman and Morgan Peele
Developmental Science
April 2019

Adherence and acceptability of community‐based distribution of micronutrient powders in Southern Mali
Natalie Roschnik, Hawa Diarra, Yahia Dicko, Seybou Diarra, Isobel Stanley, Helen Moestue, Judy McClean, Hans Verhoef and Sian E. Clarke
Maternal and Child Nutrition
April 2019

Loneliness correlates and associations with health variables in the general population in Indonesia
International Journal of Mental Health Systems
K. Peltzer, S. Pengpid
April 2019

Measuring and predicting burnout among early childhood educators in Ghana
Selene S. Lee and Sharon Wolf
Teaching and Teacher Education
February 2019

Cognitive Functioning and Associated Factors in Older Adults: Results from the Indonesian Family Life Survey-5
Current Gerontol Geriatrics Research
S. Pengpid, K. Peltzer, H Susilowati
February 2019

The Role of Executive Function and Social-emotional Skills in the Development of Literacy and Numeracy during Preschool: A Cross-lagged Longitudinal Study
Sharon Wolf and Dana C. McCoy
Developmental Science
January 2019

Tackling Social Exclusion: Evidence from Chile
Pedro Carneiro, Emanuela Galasso and Rita Ginja
The Economic Journal
January 2019

Enhancing Young Children’s Language Acquisition Through Parent–child Book-sharing: A Randomized Trial in Rural Kenya
Heather A. Knauer, Pamela Jakiela, Owen Ozier, Frances Aboud and Lia C. H. Fernald


Quantifying user preferences for sanitation construction and use: Application of discrete choice experiments in Amhara, Ethiopia
Frederick G. B. Goddard, Maryann G. Delea, Gloria D. Sclar, Mulat Woreta, Kassahun Zewudie and Matthew C. Freeman
Tropical Medicine and International Health
December 2018

Measuring and Predicting Burnout among Early Childhood Educators in Ghana
Selene S. Lee and Sharon Wolf
Teaching and Teacher Education
November 2018

Measuring Early Learning and Development Across Cultures: Invariance of the IDELA Across Five Countries
Peter F. Halpin, Sharon Wolf, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Natalia Rojas, Sarah Kabay, Lauren Pisani and Amy Jo Dowd
Development Psychology
November 2018

Experimental Impacts of the Quality Preschool for Ghana Interventions on Teacher Professional Well-being, Classroom Quality, and Children’s School Readiness
Sharon Wolf, J. Lawrence Aber, Jere R. Behrman and Edward Tsinigo
Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness
October 2018

Collective Efficacy: Development and Validation of a Measurement Scale for Use in Public Health and Development Programmes
Maryann G. Delea, Gloria D. Sclar, Mulat Woreta, Regine Haardörfer, Corey L. Nagel Bethany A. Caruso, Robert Dreibelbis, Abebe G. Gobezayehu, Thomas F. Clasen and Matthew C. Freeman
International Journal Environmental Research and Public Health
September 2018

Incentivizing Safer Sexual Behavior: Evidence from a Lottery Experiment on HIV Prevention
Martina Björkman Nyqvist, Lucia Corno, Damien de Walque and Jakob Svensson
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy
July 2018

Impacts 2 years after a scalable early childhood development intervention to increase psychosocial stimulation in the home: A follow-up of a cluster randomised controlled trial in Colombia
Alison Andrew, Orazio Attanasio, Emla Fitzsimons, Sally Grantham-McGregor, Costas Meghir and Marta Rubio-Codina
PLOS Medicine
April 2018

Maternal depressive symptoms are negatively associated with child growth and development: Evidence from rural India
Phuong Hong Nguyen, Jed Friedman, Mohini Kak, Purnima Menon and Harold Alderman
Maternal and Child Nutrition
April 2018

Preschool and Parental Response in a Second Best World: Evidence from a School Construction Experiment
Adrien Bouguen, Deon Filmer, Karen Macours and Sophie Naudeau
The Journal of Human Resources
March 2018

Determinants of cancer screening awareness and participation among Indonesian women
National Library of Medicine
Sumadi L. Anwar, Gindo Tampubolon, Mieke Van Hemelrijck, Susanna H Hutajulu, Johnathan Watkins, Wahyu Wulaningsih
March 2018

Can you taste it? Taste detection and acceptability thresholds for chlorine residual in drinking water in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Yoshika Crider, Sonia Sultana, Leanne Unicomb, Jennifer Davis, Stephen P. Luby and Amy J.Pickering
Science of The Total Environment
February 2018

Changes in classroom quality predict Ghanaian preschoolers’ gains in academic and social-emotional skills
Dana McCoy and Sharon Wolf
Developmental Psychology

Measuring and predicting process quality in Ghanaian pre-primary classrooms using the Teacher Instructional Practices and Processes System (TIPPS)
Sharon Wolf, Mahjabeen Razab, Sharon Kimb, J. Lawrence Aber, Jere Behrman and Edward Seidman
Early Childhood Research Quarterly

Combining Pre-School Teacher Training with Parenting Education: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial
Berk Özler, Lia C.H. Fernald, Patricia Kariger, Christin McConnell, Michelle Neuman and Eduardo Fraga

Women’s Relationship Power Modifies the Effect of a Randomized Conditional Cash Transfer Intervention for Safer Sex in Tanzania
Jan E. Cooper, Sandra I. McCoy, Lia C. H. Fernald, Damien de Walque and William H. Dow
AIDS and Behavior


“So that his mind will open”: Parental perceptions of early childhood education in urbanizing Ghana
Sarah Kabay, Sharon Wolf and Hirokazu Yoshikawa
International Journal of Educational Development
November 2017

Does involvement of local NGOs enhance public service delivery? Cautionary evidence from a malaria‐prevention program in India
Ashis Das, Jed Friedman and Eeshani Kandpal
Health Economics
June 2017

The Impact of Expanding Access to Early Childhood Education Services in Rural Indonesia
Sally Anne Brinkman, Amer Hasan, Haeil Jung, Angela Kinnell and Menno Pradhan
Journal of Labor Economics
July 2017

Household Socioeconomic Status and Parental Investments: Direct and Indirect Relations With School Readiness in Ghana
Sharon Wolf and Dana McCoy
Child Development
July 2017

The Role of Preschool Quality in Promoting Child Development: Evidence from Rural Indonesia
Sally Anne Brinkman, Amer Hasan, Haeil Jung, Angela Kinnell, Nozomi Nakajima and Menno Pradhan
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal
June 2017

Cash Transfers and Health: Evidence from Tanzania
David K. Evans, Brian Holtemeyer and Katrina Kosec
World Bank Economic Review
April 2017

Early life stress of infants in the SPRING home visits intervention promoting child growth and development in rural India (SPRING-ELS): development of stress measures for administration at scale
Sunil Bhopal, Deepali Verma, Gauri Divan, Zelee Hill, Jane Barlow, Reetabrata Roy and Betty Kirkwood
The Lancet
February 2017

Experimental Evidence on the Long-Run Impact of Community-Based Monitoring
Martina Björkman Nyqvist, Damien de Walque and Jakob Svensson
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
January 2017

The Impact of Positive Income Shocks on Risky Sexual Behavior: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania
Zachary Wagner, Erick Gong, Damien de Walque and William H. Dow
AIDS and Behavior


The Impact of Early Childhood Education of Early Achievement Gaps in Indonesia
Haeil Jung and Amer Hasan
Journal of Development Effectiveness
September 2016

The Impact of Inventory Management on Stock-Outs of Essential Drugs in Sub-Saharan Africa: Secondary Analysis of a Field Experiment in Zambia 
Ngai-Hang Z. Leung, Ana Chen, Prashant Yadav and Jérémie Gallien
May 2016

The Impact of a Pay-for-Performance Scheme on Prescription Quality in Rural China
Xiaojie Sun, Xiaoyun Liu, Qiang Sun, Winnie Yip, Adam Wagstaff and Qingyue Meng
Journal of Health Economics
March 2016

Extending the Jamaican Early Childhood Development Intervention
Sally Grantham-McGregor and Joanne A. Smith
Journal of Applied Research on Children


Turning a Shove into a Nudge? A "Labeled Cash Transfer" for Education
Najy Benhassine, Florencia Devoto, Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas and Victor Pouliquen
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy
August 2015

Highlighting the evidence gap: how cost-effective are interventions to improve early childhood nutrition and development?
Batura N., Hill Z., Haghparast-Bidgoli H., Lingam R., Colbourn T., Kim S., Sikander S., Pulkki-Brannstrom A.M., Rahman A., Kirkwood B. and Skordis-Worrall J.
Health Policy Plan
July 2015

Can Employment Reduce Lawlessness and Rebellion? A Field Experiment with High-Risk Men in a Fragile State  
Christopher Blattman and Jeannie Annan
American Political Science Review
June 2015

The Impact of Vocational Training for the Unemployed: Experimental Evidence from Turkey
Sarojini Hirshleifer, David McKenzie, Rita Almeida and Cristobal Ridao-Cano
The Economic Journal
June 2015 

Using Provider Performance Incentives to Increase HIV Testing and Counseling Services in Rwanda
Damien de Walquea, Paul J. Gertler, Sergio Bautista-Arredondo, Ada Kwan, Christel Vermeersch, Jean de Dieu Bizimana, Agnès Binagwaho and Jeanine Condo
Journal of Health Economics
March 2015

Early Childhood Stunting Is Associated with Lower Developmental Levels in the Subsequent Generation of Children
Susan P. Walker, Susan M. Chang, Amika Wright, Clive Osmond and Sally M. Grantham-McGregor
The Journal of Nutrition
February 2015


Strengthening Malaria Service Delivery through Supportive Supervision and Community Mobilization in an Endemic Indian Setting: An Evaluation of Nested Delivery Models
Ashis Das, Jed Friedman, Eeshani Kandpal, Gandham N V Ramana, Rudra Kumar Das Gupta, Madan M Pradhan and Ramesh Govindaraj
Malaria Journal
December 2014

Should Aid Reward Performance? Evidence from a Field Experiment on Health and Education in Indonesia
Benjamin A. Olken, Junko Onishi and Susan Wong
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
October 2014

Using the Infrastructure of a Conditional Cash Transfer Program to Deliver a Scalable Integrated Early Child Development Program in Colombia: Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial
Orazio P. Attanasio, Camila Fernández, Emla O. A. Fitzsimons, Sally M. Grantham-McGregor, Costas Meghir and Marta Rubio-Codina
September 2014

The heterogeneous effects of HIV testing
Sarah Baird, Erick Gong, Craig McIntosh and Berk Özler
Journal of Health Economics
September 2014

Generating Skilled Self-Employment in Developing Countries: Experimental Evidence from Uganda
Christopher Blattman, Nathan Fiala and Sebastian Martinez
Quarterly Journal of Economics
May 2014

Labor market returns to an early childhood stimulation intervention in Jamaica
Paul Gertler, James Heckman, Rodrigo Pinto, Arianna Zanolini, Christel Vermeersch, Susan Walker, Susan M. Chang and Sally Grantham-McGregor
May 2014

Changing Households' Investment Behaviour through Social Interactions with Local Leaders: Evidence from a Randomised Transfer Programme
Karen Macours and Renos Vakis
The Economic Journal
May 2014

From Early Childhood Development Policy to Sustainability: The Fragility of Community-Based Childcare Services in Malawi
Michelle J. Neuman, Christin McConnell and Foster Kholowa
International Journal of Early Childhood
February 2014

Impact of Intermittent Screening and Treatment for Malaria among School Children in Kenya: A Cluster Randomised Trial
Katherine E. Halliday, George Okello, Elizabeth L. Turner, Kiambo Njagi, Carlos Mcharo, Juddy Kengo, Elizabeth Allen, Margaret M. Dubeck, Matthew C. H. Jukes and Simon J. Brooker
PLOS Medicine Journal
January 2014

School Feeding Programs, Intrahousehold Allocation and the Nutrition of Siblings: Evidence from a Randomized Trial in Rural Burkina Faso
Harounan Kazianga, Damien de Walque and Harold Alderman
Journal of Development Economics
January 2014


Evaluating a community-based early childhood education and development program in Indonesia: study protocol for a pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial with supplementary matched control group
Menno Pradhan, Sally A. Brinkman, Amanda Beatty, Amelia Maika, Elan Satriawan, Joppe de Ree and Amer Hasan
August 2013

Socioeconomic Determinants of Stigmatization and HIV Testing in Lesotho
Lucia Corno and Damien de Walque
June 2013


Child Ability and Household Human Capital Investment Decisions in Burkina Faso
Richard Akresh, Emilie Bagby, Damien de Walque and Harounan Kazianga
Journal of Economic Development and Cultural Change
October 2012

Empowering parents to improve education: Evidence from rural Mexico
Paul J. Gertler, Harry Anthony Patrinos and Marta Rubio-Codina
Journal of Development Economics
September 2012

Cash Transfers, Behavioral Changes, and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment
Karen Macours, Norbert Schady and Renos Vakis
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
April 2012

Educational and Child Labour Impacts of Two Food-for-Education Schemes: Evidence from a Randomised Trial in Rural Burkina Faso
Harounan Kazianga, Damien de Walque and Harold Alderman
Journal of African Economies
April 2012

Impact of a Cash Transfer Program for Schooling on Prevalence of HIV and HSV-2 in Malawi: a Cluster Randomized Trial
Sarah J. Baird, Richard S. Garfein, Craig T. McIntosh and Berk Özler
The Lancet
February 2012

Investing Cash Transfers to Raise Long-Term Living Standards
Paul J. Gertler, Sebastian W. Martinez and Marta Rubio-Codina
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
January 2012

Paying Teachers to Perform: The Impact of Bonus Pay in Pernambuco, Brazil
Claudio Ferraz and Barbara Bruns
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness


The Economic Impact of AIDS Treatment: Labor Supply in Western Kenya 
Harsha Thirumurthy, Joshua Graff Zivin and Markus Goldstein
The Journal of Human Resources
December 2011 

Cash or Condition? Evidence from a Cash Transfer Experiment
Sarah Baird, Craig McIntosh and Berk Özler
The Quarterly Journal of Economics
October 2011

Peer Effects, Teacher Incentives, and the Impact of Tracking: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Kenya
Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas and Michael Kremer
American Economic Review
August 2011

Early Childhood Stimulation in the Developing and Developed World: If Not Now, When?
Benard P. Dreyer
May 2011

Early Childhood Stimulation Benefits Adult Competence and Reduces Violent Behavior
Susan P. Walker, Susan M. Chang, Marcos Vera-Hernández and Sally Grantham-McGregor
May 2011

Effect on Maternal and Child Health Services in Rwanda of Payment to Primary Health-Care Providers for Performance: An Impact Evaluation
Paulin Basinga, Paul J. Gertler, Agnes Binagwaho, Agnes L. B. Soucat, Jennifer Sturdy and Christel M. J. Vermeersch
The Lancet
April 2011 

Teacher Performance Pay: Experimental Evidence from India
Karthik Muralidharan and Venkatesh Sundararaman
Journal of Political Economy
February 2011


Implementing School Malaria Surveys in Kenya: Towards a National Surveillance System 
Caroline W. Gitonga, Peris N. Karanja, Jimmy Kihara, Mariam Mwanje, Elizabeth Juma, Robert W. Snow, Abdisalan M. Noor and Simon Brooker
Malaria Journal
October 2010

Improving Educational Achievement and Anaemia of School Children: Design of a Cluster Randomised Trial of School-Based Malaria Prevention and Enhanced Literacy Instruction in Kenya
Simon Brooker, George Okello, Kiambo Njagi, Margaret M. Dubeck, Katherine E. Halliday, Hellen Inyega, and Matthew C.H. Jukes
October 2010

The Impact of Diagnostic Feedback to Teachers on Student Learning: Experimental Evidence from India
Karthik Muralidharan and Venkatesh Sundararaman
The Economic Journal
August 2010


Of Taps and Toilets: Quasi-Experimental Protocol for Evaluating Community-Demand-Driven Projects
Subhrendu K. Pattanayak, Christine Poulos, Jui-Chen Yang, Sumeet R. Patil and Kelly J. Wendland
Journal of Water and Health
September 2009


The Impact of Mexico’s Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Oportunidades, on Birthweight 
Sarah L. Barber and Paul J. Gertler
Journal of Tropical Medicine and International Health
October 2008

Effect of Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria on Health and Education in Schoolchildren: A Cluster-Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial
Siân E. Clarke, Matthew C. H. Jukes, J. Kiambo Njagi, Lincoln Khasakhala, Bonnie Cundill, Julius Otido, Christopher Crudder, Benson B A Estambale and Simon Brooker
The Lancet
July 2008

Role of Cash in Conditional Cash Transfer Programmes for Child Health, Growth, and Development: An Analysis of Mexico’s Oportunidades
Lia C. H. Fernald, Paul J. Gertler, and Lynnette M Neufeld
The Lancet
March 2008