Using Randomized Evaluations to Test Innovative Ideas
J-PAL LAC, IPA and Ministry of Education of Peru will host EduLAB workshop “Cost-Effective Innovations Lab”
November 27, 2014
November 12, 2014
La Paz, Bolivia
Innovations for Poverty Action, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Latin America, and INSEAD presented a seminar in La Paz, Bolivia titled "Improving Social Programs with Evidence." The seminar covered topics including using rigorous evaluations and evidence in policy-making as well as results from three randomized impact evaluations in the region.
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July 10-11, 2014
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Innovations for Poverty Action, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and the Ministry of National Education and Literacy of Burkina Faso hosted a conference focused on education in Francophone West Africa. The event shared the results of rigorous evaluations, stimulated discussion on priority actions to improve the quality of learning, and provided an opportunity for decisionmakers to the see the potential of impact assessments in order to stimulate a new phase of research on education in Burkina Faso and other Francophone West countries.
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Wednesday, January 29 2014
McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
We are at an exciting phase in understanding how to bring research results to scale.
During this symposium we will hear researchers and practitioners discuss the challenges and opportunities during the piloting, evaluation and scaling phases of programs.
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Conference and Matchmaking Event, May 31 - June 1, 2013
Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, Peru (map)
Innovations for Poverty Action, under the Citi IPA Financial Capability Research Fund supported by the Citi Foundation, and in collaboration with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and Universidad del Pacifico, will host an Evidence on Innovations in Financial Capability conference in May 2013. The main objective of this event is to share and discuss evidence from recent research on financial capability with financial service providers and other financial inclusion practitioners. The research presented will highlight innovations in the financial capability space, and identify gaps that can be targeted by future research.
The two-day conference will feature presentations and panel discussions from leading development economists and practitioners. Conference sessions will cover evidence on recent innovations in financial education, and ways of addressing behavioral biases through product design. Sessions will take place in Spanish and English, with simultaneous translation available for Spanish, Portuguese and English speakers.
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Policy Conference and Research Methods Workshop
Policy Conference, June 24 - June 25, 2013
Speke Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala
The Yale Savings and Payments Research Fund, under the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action, is hosting a conference around Evidence on Innovations in Savings and Payments on June 24-25, 2013, in Kampala, Uganda.
The event will showcase results from recent evaluations in Africa on child and youth savings, the impact of reducing costs barriers to saving among the poor, behavioral impediments to saving, using mobile phones for behavioral change, and the adoption and impact of mobile money.
The event will facilitate discussions between researchers, practitioners, and policymakers on the current body of evidence around financial inclusion for the poor, and which innovations in the design and delivery of financial products work best in positively impacting the welfare of poor households and enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa.
Research Methods Workshop: June 20 - June 22, 2013
Economic Policy Research Center, Makerere University
In conjunction with the conference presenting Evidence on Innovations in Savings and Payments, the Yale Savings and Payments Research Fund will host a three day research methods workshop for competitively selected researchers from across African institutions from June 20 – 22, 2013.
For more information on both events click here.
Encouraging the Adoption of Agroforestry among Smallholder Farmers: A Case Study in Eastern Province, Zambia
Lusaka Event: March 20, 2013
Chipata, Eastern Province Event: March 27, 2013
For more information about these events and to view presentations, click here.
August 30-September 1, 2012
The Asian Development Bank, in conjunction with Innovations for Poverty Action and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, hosted the Impact and Policy Conference: Evidence in Governance, Financial Inclusion, and Entrepreneurship to share findings in three topic areas of development: Financial Inclusion, Governance and Post-Conflict Recovery, and Small and Medium Enterprise Development.
The 3-day conference saw 246 participants from 34 countries in attendance, with presentations from leading development economists, practitioners, and policymakers. Presenters shared results and policy implications from rigorous research. Each day of the conference focused on one of the different themes, and ended with a session to develop new collaborations between researchers and practitioners. Funding will be awarded to the most promising partnerships with support from the Asian Development Bank and Citi Foundation.
For more information about the event click here.
Can economics be funny? Find out in our (not quite) randomized controlled trial in New York’s East Village!
When: June 13th, 7PM (doors open at 6:30)
Where: Laugh Lounge NY (151 Essex St @ Stanton)
Ticket price: $20
We’ll be joined at the Laugh Lounge by the world’s first and only Stand-up Economist, Yoram Bauman, just back from his European Tour (can you believe he has a monopoly?)
He’ll be joined by comedian Bill Santiago, known for his work on Comedy Central and a regular on CNN and the Huffington Post! (if he can make Wolf Blitzer funny…)
May 14-15, 2012
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in collaboration with Ghana Educational Services (GES) present the Evidence-Based Education: Policy-Making and Reform in Africa Conference bringing African education practitioners, government policymakers, and researchers together to listen to and discuss current evidence on what works in education.
This 2-day conference featured a large-scale evaluation of the Ghana Government’s Teacher Community Assistant Initiative (TCAI), aimed at improving literacy and numeracy levels in basic schools and implemented by Ghana Education Services, the Ghana National Association of Teachers and the National Youth Employment, and evaluated by IPA. The conference covered topics including student attendance, supportive learning through technology, and teacher accountability and incentives, with presentations from leading international researchers and educational practitioners including:
- Abhijit Banerjee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
- Paul Glewwe (University of Minnesota)
- Annie Duflo (Innovations for Poverty Action)
- Isaac Mbiti (Southern Methodist University)
- Kehinde Ajayi (Boston University)
J-PAL Executive Education Training: May 16-19, 2012: The conference will be followed by a four day J-PAL Executive Training Course on how to evaluate the impact of programs, focused on education. The course will be geared towards project teams seeking to implement their own evaluations in their home countries.
Monday, March 26th, 2012
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Bernstein-Offit Building Room 500
Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Discussion of Preliminary Results from a Randomized Impact Evaluation in Northern Uganda
The Association of Volunteers in International Service (AVSI-USA) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins SAIS International Development Department, invite you to participate in a discussion of preliminary results from the Women’s INcome Generation Support (WINGS) Program in Kitgum and Gulu districts of northern Uganda.
Eric Green, PhD, Population Council
Julian Jamison, PhD, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
John Makoha, AVSI Country Representative for Uganda
Francesca Oliva, AVSI Program Manager for WINGS
March 14, 2012
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: ISSER, University of Ghana, Legon
On March 14, 2012, researchers from Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) will present results from a portfolio of recently-completed field experiments on savings in Ghana. This event will be useful for policymakers and practitioners interested in learning what works and what does not work in savings. Researchers will discuss randomized controlled trails conducted on a range of interventions aimed at increasing access to, and usage of, savings products tailored for the poor, including goal-oriented labeled savings accounts and matched savings accounts. This one-day conference will share IPA project results and discuss the applicability and relevance to ongoing financial inclusion efforts in Ghana and beyond.
- Dean Karlan (Yale, IPA)
- Margaret McConnell (Harvard)
- Robert Osei (ISSER)
- William Steel (ISSER)
- Bram Thuysbaert (Yale)
Register here Attendance is free but registration is required due to space limitations.
March 2, 2012
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: University of California, Washington Center
1608 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Which programs work to improve educational outcomes? Education experts from UC San Diego, Harvard, University of Texas, and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) will share the results from rigorous evaluations of education programs in India and Africa. Come learn what works, what doesn’t, and how effective programs can be translated into policy.
Presenters: Karthik Muralidharan (UC San Diego), Leigh Linden (University of Texas), Michael Kremer (Harvard), Annie Duflo (Innovations for Poverty Action)
Partners: Center of Evaluation for Global Action (CEGA) and The University of California Washington DC Program (UCDC)
January 30th, 2012
Location: World Economic Forum
Deworm the World was featured at at a World Economic Forum event in Davos in January 2012. The press conference highlighted key achievements of this Young Global Leader initiative and featured exciting new commitments from partners to improve the lives of millions of children through school-based deworming.
January 27, 2012
Location: Congress Centre, Press Conference Room
World Economic Forum
13:00 - 13:30 CET
The Deworm the World initiative of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders improves the education and health of school-age children across the globe by supporting governments and development partners to expand school-based deworming programs. Building on its success in Kenya and India, plans were presented to expand the initiative to other countries.
The session included:
- Raila Amolo Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya
- Rajiv J. Shah, Administrator, US Agency for International Development (USAID), USA
- Jamie Cooper-Hohn, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), United Kingdom
- John Dutton, Deputy Head, Forum of Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum, Switzerland
- Sriram Raghavan, Chief Executive Officer, InKlude Labs, India; Young Global Leader; and Deworm the World Board Member
Kai Bucher, Associate Director, Media, World Economic Forum, USA
The J-PAL Training Course is held annually in several locations worldwide. In 2011, courses were held in Cape Town (South Africa), Cambridge, MA (USA), Brussels (Belgium), and Mexico City (Mexico). In 2012, courses will be held in Cape Town (South Africa) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). This five-day program on evaluating social programs provides a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations and pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one’s own evaluation.
An advanced two-day workshop will be held in Cambridge, MA (USA) in May 2012.
November 30, 2011
Location: Washington, DC
The SME Initiative hosted its First Annual Conference on Entrepreneurship and SME Development on November 30, 2011. Co-hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund, this event brought together over 130 researchers, practitioners and policymakers focused on entrepreneurship and SMEs in emerging markets. Presentations on past and ongoing research studies covered a range of topics related to access to managerial human capital, access to finance, and job creation with evidence from a number of countries, including Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru and Sri Lanka. Practitioner perspectives on each of these topical areas were also presented, to facilitate a dialogue between the worlds of research and policy. The event concluded with a panel discussion on “Why should we care about the ‘Missing Middle’?” Presentations from the event are available here.