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November 19, 2020
In this fifth installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations—as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to...
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Annie Duflo, Heidi McAnnally-Linz, Radha Rajkotia
November 18, 2020
On behalf of the team at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), congratulations to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on a hard-won victory. At this moment, we call on our new leadership to promote a culture of innovation and to...
COVID and Policing in Mexico
November 18, 2020
To examine how COVID-19 has affected citizen perceptions and the challenges faced by the police, we conducted two complementary studies. The first, focused on public perceptions, was part of our 10-country RECOVR survey measuring a number of COVID-...
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Steven Glazerman
November 12, 2020
As administrator of the IPA IRB (Institutional Review Board), I found our institution in the spotlight recently when critics of an RCT in Kenya raised ethical concerns that went quickly from “How could the PIs do such a thing?” to “Who approved this...
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Dean Karlan, Christopher Udry
November 12, 2020
Social science researchers engaged in primary data collection often consider a range of ethical issues during the planning of their research, but such considerations are rarely articulated upfront or in subsequent articles generated from the...
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November 05, 2020
In 2017, with support from the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (formerly the Department for International Development), J-PAL and IPA jointly launched the Governance, Crime, and Conflict Initiative (GCCI) to increase our...
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November 05, 2020
In this fourth installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations—as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to...
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November 03, 2020
On October 20, the Center for Effective Global Action, a hub for global research development that’s headquartered at UC Berkeley, hosted an online Berkeley Conversations event, “COVID-19 and Forced Displacement in the Global South,” with the...
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October 27, 2020
In a survey of residents in Zambia, IPA found that educational continuity, economic well-being, and food security are critical issues amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Policymakers must contend with twin concerns of continuing to promote risk-mitigation...
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October 22, 2020
In this third installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations—as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to...
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Doug Parkerson
October 20, 2020
In the last few years, IPA has redoubled its efforts to move promising evidence-based interventions from initial pilots to scalable and adaptable programs and policies. As anyone working in international development knows, this is a complex process...
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October 19, 2020
In Latin America, the ministries of education in El Salvador (MINED) and Costa Rica (MEP) and the institute of family wellbeing in Colombia (ICBF) joined forces with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)...
Figure 1: Changes in Food Security Pre- and Post-COVID
October 08, 2020
In this second installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations—as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to...
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Tavneet Suri, Jeffrey Mosenkis, Debborah Wambua, Eunice Kioko, Teresa Lezcano
September 29, 2020
IPA was working on a randomized controlled trial of Universal Basic income with GiveDirectly and Professors Tavneet Suri, Paul Niehaus, Abhijit Banerjee, Michael Faye, and the late Alan Krueger, when the COVID-19 crisis hit. We asked several members...
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September 28, 2020
COVID-19’s effects are global, but local contexts characterize the virus’s specific impacts and residents’ concerns. In the Philippines, after surveying local residents, IPA found that food security, financial resilience, and educational progress...
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September 25, 2020
In our new RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations—as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19.
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Kate Glynn-Broderick
September 09, 2020
At IPA, we have been conducting a series of research projects on the targeted cash transfers and are highlighting recent research on social transfers and other related COVID-19 research on our RECOVR Research Hub.
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September 03, 2020
IPA has developed the RECOVR survey to better understand such realities and to enable data-driven policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this blog post, we report key findings and policy takeaways from the Côte d’Ivoire survey.
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August 26, 2020
A join statement by the Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Foundation, Innovations for Poverty Action, J-PAL, Pratham, Teaching at the Right Level Africa, and Young 1ove.
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August 25, 2020
IPA has developed the RECOVR survey to better understand such realities and to enable data-driven policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this blog post, we report key findings and policy takeaways from the Burkina Faso survey.

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