This blog series highlights the US Household Finance Initiative's Innovation Fundgrantees.The fund supports the development of scalable, market-tested products that help American households make better financial decisions, escape cycles of debt, build assets, and achieve financial resiliency.
New staff from IPA, J-PAL, and EPoD are gathering this week in New Hampshire for a week of training in field methods. We’ll learn about randomization methodology, data handling, statistics, and all the basics for field research boot camp. It’s also a great chance for staff from different offices to get to meet in person!
Annie Duflo, our executive director and Dean Karlan have a piece over at Stanford Social Innovation Review. Like last time, they’re testing the wisdom of crowds (and of gut instincts) by asking you to guess if an intervention will be effective, and they’ll publish the results of both the audiences guesses and the study in the fall print issue of SSIR.
What does the evidence show about improving school participation and performance in Sub-Saharan Africa? This question was the focus of the first morning of the two-day evidenced-based education conference held in Accra, Ghana last week. Although there have been large investments in promoting primary and secondary school enrollment in the last 30 years, many enrolled children still do not attend school regularly, and learn little when they do attend classes.
Actual Africans would live in villages designed by economist Jeffrey Sachs.
Those villagers would wear wholesome hand-made ethnic clothing, dance to wholesome ethnic music and during the day they would grow food communally and engage in things called income-generating activities.
For our own protection, American peacekeepers and Nato planes would surround the villages - making hearts and minds happy and safe.