News and Announcements

  • Malawi Business Times on how to help farmers save more

    Dec 30/14 | From the newsroom | 
    Malawi’s Business Times features IPA Researcher Jessica Goldberg, of the University of Maryland, and Chief Program Officer Jessica Kiessel, from a recent IPA conference on achieving better banking in Malawi. The article describes an IPA study conducted by Goldberg, along with Xavier Giné and Dean Yang designed to encourage farmers to save more of their harvest profits for the next planting. The project, described here, found that offering direct deposits, with sales profits to be automatically deposited in bank accounts significantly increased how much farmers saved, and subsequent spending and yields in the following harvest. The full article is here.
  • Dean Karlan's Charitable Giving Tips in Project Syndicate

    Dec 26/14 | From the newsroom | 
    IPA Founder Dean Karlan shares his perspective on how to be an effective charitable giver in Project Syndicate. Among other things, he discusses why to think about charitable giving goals like dieting goals, how to create smart ones, and how to stick to them. He also explains how smart givers create an investment “portfolio” of charities aligned with their goals, and offers some of his charities of choice who run evidence-based programs. Read the full piece here.
  • Vox's holiday giving guide features IPA & evidence-based charities

    Dec 23/14 | From the newsroom | 
    Writing for news site, Dylan Matthews gives their holiday charity recommendations, formed around the kind of evidence produced by IPA and its partners. He discusses deworming, free distribution of bednets, and direct cash transfers, among others. Crucially, he points out what he calls "meta charities" like IPA and GiveWell, that channel other efforts efficiently, can return more than a dollar for each dollar invested. Read the full piece here.


  • Dean Karlan in conversation with PBS Newshour

    Dec 18/14 | From the newsroom | 
    IPA Founder and President Dean Karlan, recently sat down with PBS NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman to talk about an economist's view of charity. They covered how to look at charitable donations like an investment portfolio, as well as particular organizations that Karlan recommends implement evidence-based programs. Read the full interview here.
  • Dean Karlan op-ed in LA Times: Why to ignore charity overheads

    Dec 18/14 | From the newsroom | 
    IPA Founder and President, Dean Karlan, has an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, in which he discusses his and student Elijah Goldberg's analysis of 55,000 charitable organizations tax returns. Despite prominence of high profile fraudulent charities in many minds ("availability bias" in scientific terms), they find high overhead expenses very rare, and discusses why donors should skip checking organizations' overheads in favor of more meaningful outcomes. Read the whole piece here.
  • Dean Karlan research on charitable giving in Wall Street Journal

    Dec 15/14 | From the newsroom | 
    IPA Founder and President Dean Karlan's research on charitable giving is featured in the Wall Street Journal. The article summarizes recent research in charitable giving, including Karlan's research with IPA affiliate John List, showing that a recognizable outside donor can increase others' giving. The piece also reviews his paper with IPA researcher Margaret McConnell, showing how social recognition can increase donations.


  • IPA Seeks IRB Chair

    Dec 05/14 | Announcement | 

    IPA’s growing research program is based on principles of international research ethics guidelines, to protect the dignity, rights and welfare of all participants. We are looking for an enthusiastic external Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair with an interest in ethics, research and international development. He/She will lead IPA’s existing IRB and to help position IPA as a thought leader in conducting and promoting ethical research in the field of impact evaluation. The independent IPA IRB Chair is responsible for reviewing, in a timely and thorough manner, all research involving human participants. The IRB Chair works together with the IRB members and IPA’s Research Department to promote a culture of continuous learning for research ethics across IPA and its partners.

    • Preside over meetings of the fully convened IRB and ensure that the IRB carries out its duly authorized responsibilities as required by federal regulations, ethical principles, state laws and IPA IRB Guidelines.
    • Review and approve protocol submissions that qualify for expedited review pursuant to federal regulations, ethical principles, state laws and IPA policies, or delegate such authority to a qualified and experienced IRB member to conduct such review and approval.
    • Ensure that membership of the IRB is recruited, appointed and oriented such that the IRB is duly qualified to fulfill its obligations to review, require modifications to, approve (or disapprove) research protocols that represent the breadth of research submitted to the IRB by IPA researchers.
    • Serve as a liaison between the IRB and the IPA research team to promote communication and understanding of the concerns of the IRB, the research team and other IRB partners.
    • Ensure that reports related to safety, noncompliance, unanticipated problems in research and adverse events are reviewed, attended to and reported pursuant to federal regulations, state laws and IPA IRB Guidelines.
    • Respond to local and federal investigations relating to protocols and actions, as required.
    • Disseminate IPA Research Ethics learning at seminars, conferences, and peer-reviewed journals.
    • In conjunction with the IRB, IPA Research Team, and IPA Senior Management Team, develop IRB policies, procedures and guidelines to stay current with societal thinking, regulatory changes and national best practice standards.
    Please direct your interest by sending a cover letter and a CV to Dr. Thoai Ngo, Senior Director, Research & Knowledge Management at
    Download PDF annoucement here.

    1 This is not a full time position. Commitment is estimated at 5days/month.


  • Results on IPA study at CEPR

    Dec 04/14 | From the newsroom | 
    Writing on the Center for Economic Policy Research's dissemination portal, David Atkin, Amit Khandelwal, and Adam Osman discuss their work with IPA studying how to grow Egyptian carpet exporters' business. They report the that improving access to external markets grew the businesses by 15-20 percent, depending on the measure used. You can read more about the study on IPA's site here.


  • Early results on education funding study presented in Tanzania

    Dec 04/14 | Announcement | 

    IPA partner Twaweza reports on our randomized controlled trial of school funding in Tanzania. The study, explained here, is testing if making school funding dependent on student achievement changes education outcomes for students. Twaweza explains that positive early findings were recently reported to government officials. The full announcement is here.
  • IPA and J-PAL Paraguay event

    Dec 03/14 | From the newsroom | 

    Senior staff from IPA-Peru and J-PAL Latin America & Caribbean recently presented at an event in Asunción, Paraguay for practitioners and policy-makers. Paraguay's ABC, Hoy, and Viva Paraguay discussed the event, which covered both “how-to” for evidence-based policy making, and results from recent randomized evaluations in the region. More on the event can be found here.
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