AP government signs MoU with J-PAL South Asia to design strategy for welfare scheme

Amaravati: In a big move, the State government has joined hands with with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia to maximise the impact of its anti-poverty programs through the use of a strategic, evidence-based approach to policy making.
Under this partnership, J-PAL South Asia will work with the state government to evaluate as well as enhance new and existing social programmes and policies, including providing technical assistance on the effective use and analysis of administrative data to generate policy-relevant insights. State government led by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had in fact laid out a comprehensive development plan to achieve “prosperity with happiness” as part of its Vision 2029.
The state has reaffirmed its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by introducing several social welfare and poverty reduction programmes such as Jagananna Ammavodi and the Navaratnalu schemes that include YSR Aarogyasri and YSR Raithu Bharosa. The state government has invited J-PAL South Asia as a thought and knowledge partner to work collaboratively with state departments in using scientific data and evidence to deliver on the state’s development objectives and meet its SDG targets.
The MoU establishes an overarching framework enabling J-PAL South Asia to work with several departments including agriculture, education, health, housing, and women and child development, to test the effectiveness and delivery of new and existing anti-poverty and development programmes through randomised evaluations and the rigorous analysis of administrative data. These evaluations and the accompanying evidence-based insights will support the state in strengthening existing schemes through quality improvements, increasing transparency, and better tracking of targets as well as designing new schemes.
J-PAL South Asia will draw upon the systematic processes it has developed with its government partners over the last 15 years to translate academic research insights into actionable policies. AP is the fourth state to have the institutional collaboration J-PAL after Tamil Nadu, Punjab, and Odisha. Shobhini Mukerji, Executive Director, J-PAL South Asia said: “AP government’s engagement with evidence and data, along with their commitment to adopt a scientific approach to policy making, makes them a valuable partner of J-PAL South Asia. This partnership will enable deep engagements across various departments and will facilitate a holistic approach towards continuously improving the lives of the people of Andhra Pradesh.”


*J-PAL South Asia will engage with the state departments to identify the government’s policy priorities and discuss research insights, as well as jointly design anti-poverty solutions that can be rigorously tested for effectiveness.
*J-PAL South Asia will also collaborate with the government departments in strengthening their internal capacity to independently conduct the monitoring and evaluation of new and ongoing schemes.
*Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy wants to strengthen the welfare schemes through scientific evaluation to be done by J-PAL South Asia.