Training is a way to share the “industry standards” and over 10 years of institutional knowledge about how to effectively manage a field project.

The Global Staff Training functions much like a job orientation, reviewing some of the basic knowledge and skills that project staff need to succeed in running RCTs, as well as orienting them to the procedures, tools, resources, and team members of the J-PAL/IPA network. Global Staff Training is required to give staff the skills and resources needed for producing high-quality IPA studies. Global Staff Training is required for all Project Management Staff unless they have already attended a training event or will leave IPA within six months (experienced staff members are often encouraged to come as trainers).

The upcoming IPA/J-PAL Global Staff Trainings will be held in Goa, India from August 8-12 and in Massachusetts, USA from September 18-23. If you’d like your team member(s) to attend this training, please be sure to register by July 11 and August 19, respectively.
 
Registration: Follow this link to register your team members for the India training, and this one to register them for the US training. If you anticipate hiring new staff, you have the option to register "placeholders," and update the details upon hiring.
 
Participants: The Global Staff Training is mandatory for all IPA research staff, strongly encouraged for J-PAL research staff and open to non-research staff. This program is designed for team members who have been with IPA, J-PAL, and related organizations in the IPA/J-PAL network for 3-6 months, however, it is open to staff with tenure outside that range. We also welcome staff who work with J-PAL-affiliated projects and those from closely-related external research organizations. If we are oversubscribed, IPA and J-PAL participants may be prioritized. Participants are expected to fully participate in learning activities during the program week. They may not have the opportunity nor the internet connectivity to carry on their regular project workload.
 
Learning Gains: Attendees of the global staff training will become well-versed in the key conceptual underpinnings of and debates surrounding RCTs in the social sciences, including generalizability and research transparency. They will also learn key skills involved in managing a research project, including coding in Stata and ODK, running randomizations and power calculations, designing effective questionnaires, project management, protocols for data quality and security, field team management, and effective communication, among other topics. 
 
Visa: India and the United States both require visas for non-citizens to visit. See here for India’s visa requirements, and here for the requirements in the United States. Note that you will likely be required to complete an interview with a consular official to visit the United States as a non-citizen; please budget enough time to schedule and complete this.
 
Fee: The registration fee is $2,000 for staff employed by IPA or a J-PAL office. Other staff working directly for J-PAL affiliates (e.g. employed by an affiliate’s university or research center directly), research staff on J-PAL affiliated projects, and staff working within our network of organizations (EPoD, CMF, CERP, and CEGA) will be charged $2,400 (which adds back in overhead costs, already covered by IPA/J-PAL-implemented projects). Other attendees will be charged $3,000. This fee covers training materials, accommodation and meals for five days, and round-trip transportation from the Boston airport to the training venue. The fee does not include travel to India or the United States, computer programs, or expenses outside of the training location and dates. IPA employees will be billed internally. For attendees not employed by IPA, we ask that fees be paid by credit card prior to the training.
  
We look forward to having your new staff join us. If you have any questions or comments, please email rashmi.pandey@ifmr.ac.in (India) or researchsupport+training@poverty-action.org (US).

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