News and Announcements
At Bloomberg View, Former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein discusses the findings of an IPA study on the role of evidence in donors' decision making. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has an article about the study as well. Read the study's accompanying paper here.
- Jun 03/14 | From the newsroom |
London School of Economics’ International Growth Centre recently produced a short film featuring our researchers Nava Ashraf and Oriana Bandiera discussing IPA’s study on recruiting and motivating health workers in Zambia. Read more about the film at LSE’s website, and find more details on the study here.
- May 14/14 | From the newsroom |
Innovations for Poverty Action leads this New York Times Fixes column on using positive social influence (research terminology for “peer pressure”) for good health outcomes. Specifically, they look at our work on chlorine dispensers, which relies on social spreading of behavior, along with several other interventions which use the same principle. You can see the full article here, and more on the study here, or from Evidence Action which is currently scaling up use of the dispensers.
- Apr 24/14 | From the newsroom |
IPA founder Dean Karlan is interviewed along with other charity experts in the Arizona Republic, which asks if “Tips For Jesus” (giving large tips to restaurant serving staff) is the best way to give charitably. You can find some of Dean’s other research on charitable giving here.
- Apr 16/14 | From the newsroom |
The Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) Initiative is pleased to announce a special call for proposals to its Competitive Research Fund on Entrepreneurship and SME Growth. This request for proposals has a focus on High-Growth Entrepreneurship in Latin America and is funded by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (MIF/IDB). The objective of this call is to fund studies which will contribute to existing knowledge about fast-growing small and medium enterprises and examine policies that identify and support them. In view of this objective, proposals should focus on “transformational” rather than subsistence entrepreneurship. Funding will be allocated competitively to projects which address relevant research questions, use rigorous methods, and have the utmost policy relevance in the area of fast-growing businesses in Latin America.
This round of funding is open to all researchers and institutions without restrictions on eligibility. Please see the full RFP description, the application form, and budgeting guidelines. Complete proposals should be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm EST on May 5th, 2014.
- Apr 16/14 | From the newsroom |
Last month, the Doha Evidence Symposium brought policymakers and practitioners together with academics and researchers to discuss “what works” in increasing the employment and productivity of youth in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Lucia Sanchez, SME Initiative Director at IPA, is shown above leading a discussion on self-employment and entrepreneurship programs. More information about the symposium can be found here.
- Apr 07/14 | From the newsroom |
IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo's interview with the Malawi Business Times discusses IPA's work to facilitate stakeholder engagement on key impact evaluations in the country. IPA has been working with the Malawi Microfinance Network (MAMN) to scale up a fingerprinting program shown to improve loan repayment rates. The Malawi team is also planning a series of free trainings for stakeholders on what constitutes good evidence to inform future decision-making. Read the full interview here (PDF).
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