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 (...
Market vendor in Uganda receiving a mobile money payment
Will Boase
Beniamino Savonitto, Zahra Niazi
April 05, 2016
Mobile money and digital payments have opened the door to a new generation of products that have lowered costs and made serving unbanked and underbanked consumers a promising business proposition. But in spite of continuous innovations and a steady...
March 29, 2016
By Anne Karing and Arthur Baker Note: this posting originally appeared on the BERI blog here. IPA, with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone, and CEGA's Behavioral Economics for Reproductive health Initiative,  is implementing a...
Stephanie Wykstra
March 21, 2016
  The importance of checking another person’s work is easy to grasp, and is a norm in many domains. For example, good financial systems have audits and mathematicians check each others’ proofs. Likewise, we should expect researchers to...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
March 10, 2016
  Last week a new Science paper (Gilbert, et al.) came out criticizing a previous Science (Nosek, et al.) paper, which had tried to re-run 100 psychology findings and found only about 40 percent replicated. In the new paper, Gilbert, et. al. suggest...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
February 16, 2016
Sometimes love needs a little nudge, so when we saw Bill Easterly making nice I agree with @JeffDSachs! Hillary's bad policy seems to have been to "support every war" — William Easterly (@bill_easterly) February 8, 2016 We...
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Thoai Ngo, Jessie Pinchoff
January 22, 2016
  Next month, a new and improved contraceptive product will be marketed to urban, young adults with some disposable income, using billboards, Facebook, and WhatsApp messages. These millennials are living in Lusaka, Zambia, and right alongside this...
January 15, 2016
by Marta Garnelo   On December 4, the Ministry of Education of Peru, recognized the efforts and commitment of civil servants in the sector through the awards “Good Practices in Public Management and Anti-Corruption in Education.”   Among other 38 “...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
December 30, 2015
  We'd like to thank IPA's blog readers (as well as our Twitter and Facebook followers) for all the support this year. Here's a roundup of our most popular blog posts: 10. Making research useful, getting it used: A vision for Kenya.  Heidi McAnnally...
December 28, 2015
By Rebecca Thornton and Ariella Park Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is a key component of the HIV prevention strategy recommended by the World Health Organization (PDF) in fourteen priority African countries with high HIV prevalence...
Impact Matters Logo
Annie Duflo
December 11, 2015
    I am thrilled to announce today the launch of ImpactMatters, an exciting new organization started by our founder, Dean Karlan. ImpactMatters is a new nonprofit organization that conducts "impact audits," short-term engagements with two...
Annie Duflo
December 09, 2015
IPA is different from typical non-profits—our impact isn’t just in the people we serve, but how we change the field. Our vision is a world with more evidence and less poverty, and we have seen that rigorous evidence can have outsized impact, by...
The use of "nudging" for a behavioral economics study in Afghanistan.
Jan Chipchase
Michael Callen, Joshua Blumenstock, Tarek Ghani
December 08, 2015
Perhaps the most cited triumph of behavioral economics – that marriage of economics and psychology that has put terms such as “nudge” and “fast versus slow thinking” into the popular lexicon – is the automatic opt-in. For example, more people donate...