Zahra Niazi
April 13, 2017
There has been a recent trend of employers, financial service providers, and governments to move towards digital payments; after all, evidence suggests that digital payments are efficient, cheaper, and reduce corruption in the system. This...
February 16, 2017
By Anne Karing and Arthur Baker Editor’s note: This cross-post originally appeared on the Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health Initiative (BERI) blog Together with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone and CEGA’s Behavioral...
Kyle Holloway
January 31, 2017
Editor’s note: This cross-post originally appeared on the CGAP blog Imagine a young married woman living in a small village in rural India. If the opportunities to work in the village are limited, she may choose to supplement her household’s income...
January 25, 2017
By Mauricio Romero, Justin Sandefur and Wayne Aaron Sandholtz Editor’s note: This cross-post originally appeared on the Center for Global Development blog We respond to critics of our evaluation of Liberia’s “partnership” school program,...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
December 27, 2016
  IPA's blog covers an interesting range of topics, and we're often surprised at which ones catch on with readers. Here are our 10 most popular of the year. 10: Could You Manage Your Finances Without a Bank Account? One of this year's most...
Jessica Mahoney
December 20, 2016
Twaweza’s per-student grant direct disbursements and advocacy contributed to Tanzanian government’s decision to send education funds directly to schools.     Educational outcomes remain poor in East Africa despite a decade of reforms and new...
Dean Karlan, Annie Duflo
December 08, 2016
We are pleased to announce that last week IPA's board voted to elect a new chair, Trey Beck, who joined our board earlier this year after having supported IPA for several years. Trey has almost a decade of experience on non-profit boards, including...
Martina Björkman Nyqvist, Andrea Guariso, Jakob Svensson, David Yanagizawa-Drott
November 29, 2016
One of the biggest frustrations of anybody who works in development is how many people die from diseases which are cheap and easy to prevent, and routinely are in many parts of the world. The medical know how to defeat malaria, diarrhea and...
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Jeffrey Mosenkis
November 22, 2016
  We know holiday travel isn't always the most fun, so here are some podcast episodes to help you get smarter while you're on the road. We've grouped them by the podcast they come from with the subscription link at the top (you may have to...
November 14, 2016
by Jennifer Sturdy and Stephanie Wykstra Editor's note: This appeared originally in the American Psychological Society's magazine APS Observer. The benefits of transparency in scientific research – such as study pre-registration, development of pre-...
Matthew Jukes
October 27, 2016
The Health and Literacy Intervention (HALI) project replaced expensive in-person coaching with text messages and found that they effectively supported teachers in improving their pedagogy, helped children learn to read, and reduced dropout by 50...
Zahra Niazi presents on using RCTs to improve financial product design
Pooja Wagh
Pooja Wagh
October 03, 2016
One prerequisite for evidence-based policymaking is the existence of a collaborative relationship between the worlds of research, policy and practice. But how do we facilitate productive three-way communication between these actors? At the Financial...
Failing in the Field: What We Can Learn When Field Research Goes Wrong
Dean Karlan
October 03, 2016
I have to say, it’s been amazing to watch all the success stories in recent years of rigorous evidence being used to fight poverty, and to see IPA featured in scores of major news outlets, from NPR, to The New York Times, to The Wall Street Journal...
Julie Peachey
September 07, 2016
Now 193 nations have agreed to the Sustainable Development Goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. But to end poverty, you first have to be able to measure it.  The Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®) is a unique tool developed for that purpose...
Mobile phones are common ways for people to receive cash transfers
August 01, 2016
By Aaron Dibner-Dunlap and Yumna Rathore Editor's note: This cross-post originally appeared on NextBillion. If a mobile money provider offered a bonus on peer to peer transfers, would that be enough to generate new business? If the provider sent...
July 26, 2016
By Arthur Sagot-Duvauroux It takes time for an organization to influence policy decisions. It requires rigorous work to be trusted as a professional and high-quality organization. Relationships need to be established and expanded to the point that...
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Anja Sautmann
July 21, 2016
In an ideal world, all children should have access to basic care, regardless of whether they grow up in a poor or rich family. During the last 20 years, mortality rates of children under five years of age worldwide have almost been cut by half. But...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
May 26, 2016
  If you're heading out for a long driving trip, we have some podcast suggestions, along with a hello from our surveyors in Burkina Faso, who also rode out recently during rainy season. IPA Burkina Faso field staff get ready to head out   Chris...
Thoai Ngo, Jessie Pinchoff
May 25, 2016
  At IPA, we care deeply about improving the quality of data collected in international development research. Bad data is at best a waste of resources, but may also misinform policies or programs. To begin to address this problem more...
Edoardo Trimarchi
April 05, 2016
  IPA Colombia and J-PAL Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) are beginning a new collaboration with the Government of Colombia to improve the country's evaluation of public policies. The Division of Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies (...