Executive Director, J-PAL South Asia
Shobhini Mukerji is the Executive Director of J-PAL South Asia’s regional center, hosted by the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR). Shobhini is based in New Delhi and provides strategic, technical, and administrative oversight to the pan-India research and multi-sector policy and training engagements in the South Asian region. She works closely with donors, policymakers, civil society partners, and research institutions to promote collaborations to increase the use of evidence in decision-making and scale-ups of successful social programs. She has extensive research and evaluation experience, ranging from designing and managing large scale primary data collection and analysis, to providing advice to organizations and governments on research design, monitoring, and evaluation strategies. Her research includes recently published papers on primary education interventions in India found to be highly impactful and at the stages of being scaled up across several Indian states.
Prior to J-PAL, Shobhini worked at Pratham, a pan-India non-profit initiative working towards universal quality primary education for the underprivileged. She is on the Board of Directors at CARE India, a large non-profit in India focusing on empowerment of women and girls through programs in health, education, livelihoods, and disaster preparedness and response. Shobhini holds a master’s degree in social research methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a concentration in development economics and social policy.
Recent work by Shobhini Mukerji
Failure of frequent assessment: Evidence from India’s continuous and comprehensive evaluation programme
More frequent assessment of student performance fails to deliver on improved outcomes when the administrative burden on teachers is high