Timothy Cheston

Timothy Cheston

MPA/ID 2014, Cultural Bridge Fellow
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), South Africa June 5 – August 15, 2013
Timothy Cheston

Tim conducted research to assess the impact of new gender-inclusive interventions in South Africa. He spent the summer working for the Africa Office of the Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL Africa), the global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. His work focused on leading data collection teams on the ground for a series of ongoing field experiments across a range of activities that included coordinating field and data survey teams, government partners, community stakeholders, and program beneficiaries, and conducting data analysis. Through this research, Tim explored how distinct dimensions of program design can enhance gender-focused approaches to achieve social and economic policy outcomes. Specific projects included an innovative evaluation isolating the impact of incentivizing mothers’ participation in schools on student learning outcomes, particularly girls’ test scores. The results of these studies have been used to inform South African policymakers in the scale-up of these pilots based on program design that incorporate effective gender-focused development elements and leverage J-PAL’s broad platform to inform the policy design of similar programs across the region and world.