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Submitted by Ben on

Thanks for highlighting the publication of our first 3ie-funded replication study. This first pilot study was a few years in the making and was commissioned before we established the policies for 3ie's replication programme. As Jensen and Oster mention in their comment, the policies and procedures we now have in place address some of their suggestions. Our notification and communication policy for replication research ensures original authors are informed beforehand of any public discussions of the replication study. It also outlines the replication plans we now require our researchers to publish before conducting their study (created partially to avoid "kitchen sink" replication studies). We believe there are many incentives to conduct (internal) replication studies beyond catching "mistakes". Good evidence-based policy making often requires better understanding of the robustness of research, an exploration of possible heterogeneous impacts of the findings, or confirmation of the intervention's causal chain.