Under the patronage of the Minister of Social Development the seminar included scientific talks by Professor Dima Amso, Brown University, Professor Antje Von NYU AD and Professor Randa Mahsen Qatar University. The seminar included a panel discussion constituting HE minister of social development, HE Hamdi Tabbaa representing the private sector, Robert Jenkins Representative UNICEF Jordan, Professor Dima Amso, Brown University. The seminar was attended by International al and local NGOs, private sector, government, media, and others. The seminar discussed and explored the importance of rigorous research to deliver effective and impactful programs to beneficiaries in development and humanitarian contexts. World class neurocognition and behavior scientists from Brown University and NYU, as well as local universities, presented their research on the impact of the delivery of the We Love Reading program in Jordan. Through a panel discussion, the seminar explored the challenges and ways to move forward in creating collaborative partnerships between academia and practitioners in the field. The panel members included Her Excellency Minister of Social development Mrs. Hala Lattouf, His Excellency Hamdi Tabba representing the private sector, UNICEF Representative Mr. Robert Jenkins and Professor Dima Amso, Director of the developmental cognitive neuroscience lab at Brown University. A new field guide on how to conduct randomized control trials was launched in Arabic adapted from Jameel Abdel Latif Poverty Action Lab at MIT. The seminar produced a recommendation of good practices to disseminate among stakeholders. The seminar provided an environment to network and build partnerships among attendees including donors, International NGOs, local NGOs, policymakers and scientists.