The partnership establishes an overarching collaboration between J-PAL South Asia and the Odisha government
under which J-PAL will work with several departments. Additionally, a diagnostic exercise and subsequent workshops to build state capacity in the areas of monitoring and evaluation.
The agreement was signed by Odisha's Development Commissioner Suresh Mohapatra and executive director of J-PAL South Asia Shobhini Mukherji.
J-PAL South Asia and the Odisha government will conduct an annual policy dialogue to identify the government's top policy priorities, conduct discussions to share evidence and jointly come up with innovative solutions that can be tested on the field through rigorous randomised evaluations. The topics for the policy dialogues will centre on malnutrition, women's empowerment, distress migration, health-worker performance and improving agricultural productivity.