The IPA Blog


Evidence-Based Education: What We Know (and still need to know)

Jun 14/12 | From the blog
by Natalie Colatosti and Laurence Dessein

While the first day of the evidence-based education conference focused on where investments have the most impact in improving school participation and performance, the second day focused on topics that need more thorough research, such as learning through technology, secondary and girls’ education, and early childhood education.

Learning Through Technology

IPA Goes to School

Jun 11/12 | From the blog
by Jeff Mosenkis

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 and Dean Karlan Ask You to Predict Study Results

Jun 04/12 | From the blog
by Jeff Mosenkis

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. 

Evidence-Based Education: It’s all in the impact

May 28/12 | From the blog
by Natalie Colatosti and Laurence Dessein

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.

Finding the Right Knot for Each Odysseus: Innovations in Commitment Savings

May 22/12 | From the blog
by Aishwarya Ratan, Bobbi Gray, and Alex Kobishyn

This blog was originally posted on the USAID Microlinks Blog after Aishwarya Ratan's presentation at their After Hours Seminar #61, "Matching Products with Preferences: Innovations in Commitment Savings for the Poor."

Context Matters… More Than We Might Think? Busara Center for Behavioral Economics Opens in Kenya

May 17/12 | From the blog
by Anna Cash

Randomized evaluations simultaneously emphasize that context matters and that human preferences are often shockingly similar across cultures and contexts.  For example, as humans, we tend to be present-biased, leading us to procrastinate, over-spend and under-save – as a three-country IPA study on reminders to save highlights.

Me, You, Together, Build: Helping Zambian girls negotiate better futures

May 08/12 | From the blog
by Annika Rigole

In 2010, when I was role-playing with classmates in a graduate school Negotiations course, I never thought I would soon be facilitating a similar program in a secondary school in Zambia.

Africa beyond the Western Imagination

Apr 30/12 | From the blog
by Rohit Naimpally

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.

Cookstoves on the backburner?

Apr 26/12 | From the blog
by Rohit Naimpally

There is a pithy adage that every simple question has a complicated answer.

The Impact of Change (the monetary kind)

Apr 24/12 | From the blog
by Heidi McAnnally-Linz

Today's NYTimes draws attention to how Zimbabweans are spending so much time waiting around for change -- not change of the political nature this time, the NYTimes notes, but change--small money--for any simple purchase.

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