The Pratham J-PAL Partnership

Pratham are the pioneers of the Teaching at the Right Level approach. They have refined and enhanced the approach since its initial conception in the early 2000s. This process has been largely informed by a series of rigorous evaluations conducted by J-PAL affiliated professors.

In addition, J-PAL and Pratham have worked together on TaRL policy outreach efforts first in India and in more recent years in Africa.


Pratham is an innovative learning organisation created to improve the quality of education in India. As one of the country’s largest non-governmental organisations, Pratham focuses on high-quality, low-cost, and replicable interventions to address gaps in the education system. Established in 1995 to provide education to children in the slums of Mumbai, Pratham has grown both in scope and geographical coverage.

Pratham means “first” in Sanskrit. True to its name, it is the first major organisation to achieve lasting, wide-scale success in India’s educational landscape. This has been made possible due to various policies and strategies adopted by the organisation.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research centre working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of 157 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomised impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty.

J-PAL Africa, which is based at the University of Cape Town, supports researchers running randomised evaluations in Africa, conducts trainings to build capacity in understanding and running randomised evaluations, and works with policymakers to help them leverage rigorous evidence to make policies more effective and scale up the most promising programmes.

This Website

This website was created by Pratham and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Africa in response to the demand for information on the TaRL approach. The website aims to disseminate key information about the TaRL approach and implementation lessons, as well as provide a platform for the TaRL community to engage on challenges and lessons learned. Those interested in starting their own TaRL programme/policy should use the information housed on this website alongside engagement with Pratham, J-PAL and other TaRL partners and their own contextualising, learning and testing experience.