Public Policy in Post-Conflict: In the search for effective solutions” IPA, J-PAL, and CESED at Los Andes University joint conference in Bogotá, Colombia

On Thursday July 30, CESED at Los Andes University, IPA Colombia and J-PAL LAC, will co-organize the conference “Public Policy in Post-Conflict: In the search for effective solutions” in Bogotá, Colombia. The event will gather policymakers, researchers and civil society to discuss proven interventions in contexts of conflict and post-conflict and how lessons from these experiences can be incorporated into policy.

J-PAL LAC and IPA lead Workshop on Evidence-based Public Policy with San Pablo Catholic University of Arequipa

J-PAL LAC, IPA Peru and San Pablo Catholic University co-organized last May 22 in Arequipa the workshop "Evidence-based public policy: Impact Evaluation."
The workshop's objective was to contribute to promote the use and generation of evidence on the impact of social programs in the Arequipa region, in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public policies to the benefit of the poorest populations. You can find the full event information here.

Dean Karlan Presents Results of Ultra Poor Graduation Pilot Evaluation in Peru in Joint Conference with IPA, J-PAL, MEF and Plan International

On June 11, IPA founder and President, Dean Karlan, will present in Lima, Peru results of the Ultra Poor Graduation Pilots, a six-country study, which shows how a comprehensive approach for the ultra-poor, the approximately one billion people who live on less than $1.25 a day, boosted livelihoods, income, and health outcomes. A full description of the event is available here.

Ultrapoor Graduation Event at the World Bank

On June 4th, IPA, with J-PAL and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) held an event at the World Bank focusing on the new findings published in Science on helping the ultrapoor.  A description of the event and video are available here.

Using Randomized Evaluations to Test Innovative Ideas

IPA Philippines organized a seminar at the University of the Philippines School of Economics on March 9, 2015. IPA Researchers Aniceto Orbeta and Emily Beam as well as Senior Research Associate Peter Srouji discussed randomized evaluations in the Philippines and valuable lessons from the field. The seminar was attended by professors, researchers and students. Full details are available here (pdf). Contact: Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri (

J-PAL LAC, IPA and Ministry of Education of Peru will host EduLAB workshop “Cost-Effective Innovations Lab”

On April 17, the Ministry of Education of Peru, J-PAL LAC and IPA Peru will host a workshop aimed at presenting to the Ministry’s implementing units how they can collaborate with EduLAB, the innovation lab on education policy established within the Secretariat of Strategic Planning of the Ministry of Education.  EduLAB identifies areas for improvements in education policy and works with academics to develop low-cost, evidence-based interventions to address them. Interventions designed in the framework of the lab are subsequently rigorously evaluated using administrative data, which significantly lowers the cost of conducting experimental evaluations. J-PAL LAC and IPA Peru have worked with the Ministry of Education of Peru during the past year to establish the lab as an internal unit under the Secretariat of Strategic Planning.
The workshop´s aim is to present EduLAB internally within the Ministry, its objectives, organizational structure and processes, as well as, to communicate to the Ministry’s implementing units how they can collaborate with the lab to design and rigorously evaluate cost effective innovations in their areas of work.

The workshop will be open by Jorge Mesinas, the Secretary of Strategic Planning of the Ministry of Education, who will introduce the purpose of the event and the lab’s mission.Following this, Juan Manuel Hernández-Agramonte, J-PAL LAC Policy Manager,  will present on the importance of innovation and the use and generation of evidence in order to improve the efficacy and efficiency of education policy. Francisco Gallego, J-PAL LAC Scientific Director, Associate Professor at the Economics Institute of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and a member of the lab’s Scientific Directorate, will provide attendees with a review of existing evidence on effective education interventions, as well as a review of cutting edge research currently being developed. Fabiola Cáceres, Evaluation Specialist at the Strategic Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, will present EduLAB’s progress to date in implementing and evaluating cost-effective innovations in education policy. Finally, Daniel Anavitarte, Chief of the Strategic Monitoring and Evaluation Office, will lead an open debate and the workshop’s closing.
The event will bring together staff at the Ministry’s implementing units, researchers, EduLAB staff, as well as, J-PAL LAC and IPA staff in order to explore opportunities to design innovative interventions education policy. These interventions will be implemented and evaluated under the framework of the lab in the course of 2016.

Experimental Impact Evaluation Incubator Course with the Ministry of Finance, Paraguay

January 19-23
Asunción, Paraguay
Following conversations between J-PAL LAC, IPA, the Ministry of Finance of Paraguay and the Inter-American Development Bank, a training program was implemented by J-PAL Latin America & Caribbean and IPA Peru, which gathered senior officials and staff from different sectors in the Paraguayan Government to learn and think about possibilities to rigorously evaluate the impact of the programs they operate.
Read more about the event, and see pictures including pictures, here.

Third Meeting of the Peruvian Monitoring and Evaluation Network


December 11-12, 2014
Lima, Peru
J-PAL and IPA will co-organize the Third Meeting of the Peruvian Monitoring and Evaluation Network, that in this edition will address the topic “Impact evaluation in public policy – Current reflections from the public sector”. The event will take place in Lima, on December 11 and 12 at the Auditorium of the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP).
For more information please click here.

Evidence-based approaches to public policy

November 27, 2014

Asunción, Paraguay

IPA and J-PAL, in collaboration with Centro de Información y Recursos Para el Desarrollo (CIRD), will be holding a Seminar on November 27th,  in Asunción, titled: “An Evidence-based approach to public policy, covering the importance of evidence in policy-making, and several examples of randomized evaluations conducted in the region.

For more information please click here.

Improving social programs with evidence in Bolivia

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.

For more information please click here.


How to ensure quality education for all?


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.

For more information click here. 


Taking Evidence to Scale


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.

For more information click here



Evidence on Innovations in Financial Capability


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.

For more information about the conference click here.


Evidence on Innovations in Savings and Payments

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

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Dunavant Zabmia Ltd., and Shared Value Africa hosted Encouraging the Adoption of Agroforestry among Smallholder Farmers: A Case Study in Eastern Province, Zabmia. The event was in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, and jointly funded by Climate Development Knowledge Network, International Growth Centre, and Musika Development Initiatives.
The event was attended by 64 participants, many of whom were high-level cross-sector stakeholders from the Zambian government, the private sector, the international donor and research community and leading non-governmental organisations.
Through this event participants explored questions surrounding the adoption of agricultural technologies that bring benefits in the long-term but come with short-run costs, such as agroforestry, tree crops and conservation farming practices.

Chipata, Eastern Province Event: March 27, 2013

This event was similarly attended by a range of cross-sector stakeholders at the local level in Eastern Province, where the study took place.
The event also included a field visit with key government partners who met some of the participating farmers and saw a demonstration of the study’s Tree Monitoring Survey using electronic surveying and GPS.

For more information about these events and to view presentations, click here.


Impact and Policy Conference: Evidence in Governance, Financial Inclusion, and Entrepreneurship

August 30-September 1, 2012

The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand (map)

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


IPA Comedy Fundraiser

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)

WhereLaugh 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…)

Tickets HERE.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from NERA, 100% of ticket sales will go to helping people through IPA (note that the venue has a 2-drink minimum, which should only make things funnier).



Evidence-Based Education: Policy-Making and Reform in Africa

May 14-15, 2012

LocationAlisa Hotel
Accra, Ghana (map)

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)

Find the agenda and conference presentations here

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. 


Promoting Recovery after War: Microenterprises for Vulnerable Women?

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

Find additional information about the event here and event presentation here


Helping the Poor Save More in Ghana: New Evidence from Randomized Evaluations

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. 


Ending Poverty through Education: New Evidence from India and Africa

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.

Register here and find more details here


PresentersKarthik 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)


Deworm the World Featured at World Economic Forum in Davos

January 30th, 2012

Location: World Economic Forum

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

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.

Read the press release.

Watch the press conference


A YGL Initiative: Deworm the World

January 27, 2012

Location: Congress Centre, Press Conference Room

World Economic Forum

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

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

Moderated by 

Kai Bucher, Associate Director, Media, World Economic Forum, USA


J-PAL Training Courses


Location: Various

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.


SME Initiative First Annual Conference

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.

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