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August 25, 2020
IPA has developed the RECOVR survey to better understand such realities and to enable data-driven policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this blog post, we report key findings and policy takeaways from the Burkina Faso survey.
74% respondents on the risk of contracting COVID-19
August 20, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, countries have worked to reduce prevalence as well as to mitigate the socioeconomic impact of lockdown and other measures that have slowed down economic activity. To better understand the impact of the crisis on the...
Proportion of households, time on education by income
August 19, 2020
Ghana closed its schools on March 15, 2020, as part of the country’s lockdown to address the COVID-19 pandemic. When schools reopen, they cannot simply resume business as usual. Though the Ghanaian education system and education systems around the...
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Michael Rosenbaum, Savanna Henderson
August 18, 2020
Phone surveys have long been a part of social science research in higher-income countries. In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), researchers studying global poverty have historically relied on face-to-face surveys. As mobile phone ownership...
Photo of classroom in Uganda taken during Elevate project.
Sarah Kabay
August 14, 2020
On March 18, Uganda’s President Museveni ordered all schools to close in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Elevate quickly started looking into ways to support schools and share information with other educational actors. Between May and June of...
Wellbeing of Children during COVID-19
August 12, 2020
In Peru, the Ministry of Education, with the support of IPA and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), asked 8,000 families about the socio-emotional health of children, adolescents, and caregivers. This information gives us a first window into...
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Annie Duflo, Steven Glazerman, Bruce Hickling
August 05, 2020
IPA has spent the last two months carefully considering our eventual, safe return to in-person research, consulting with experts and stakeholders, and drafting and revising policies and procedures. The outcome is a new policy framework on restarting...
60% respondents
July 31, 2020
This blog post summarizes the key findings and policy implications of the first round of our RECOVR survey in Sierra Leone (more information about the RECOVR survey, a cross-country panel survey that is tracking the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19...
Food security
July 10, 2020
To better understand how people’s lives are being affected by COVID-19 and to enable data-driven policy response, IPA developed a panel survey called the RECOVR Survey which is being run in Ghana and 8 other countries. In Ghana, we have been working...
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Sebastian Chaskel, Kyle Holloway
July 08, 2020
In May, IPA ran a nationwide RECOVR Survey of 1,500 households in partnership with Colombia’s National Planning Department (DNP), the agency within the national government in charge of defining and recommending public policy, to support the...
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June 29, 2020
By Sarah Kabay, Olga Namen, and Stephanie Wu In response to the coronavirus pandemic, over 188 countries instituted country-wide school closures. As a result, countless education systems and educators are trying to find alternatives to the classroom...
Farmhands organizing eggs in the Philippines
June 23, 2020
By Lucia Sanchez and Matthieu Teachout Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the International Growth Centre (IGC) have jointly developed the COVID-19 Economic Impact Surveys, a multi-country effort to understand COVID-19’s impacts on economic...
AeC Program
June 22, 2020
Most schools throughout Latin America have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the school closures, nearly 8 million Peruvian students, from preschool to high school, are stuck at home. Within a few weeks, the Ministry of Education (Minedu)...
Annie Duflo, Radha Rajkotia
June 19, 2020
Last week, IPA announced that we will observe Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, as a global holiday. We do this in the context of reflection on our own role and history in the fields in which we work. IPA...
Cox's Bazar
June 18, 2020
By Nessa Kenny and Laura Benrey  Over 70 million people are forcibly displaced as a result of conflict, persecution, or violence—more than ever before in history. Displaced communities, who were already vulnerable before the pandemic hit, are...
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Sebastian Chaskel, Bethany Park
June 17, 2020
In the past months, we have worked with decision-makers from 10 different countries where IPA has a permanent presence to develop panel surveys to answer their most pressing questions. The process has been urgent and chaotic—the statement “let’s not...
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Rodrigo Canales
June 12, 2020
For the last three years, Rodrigo Canales, an associate professor of organizational behavior at Yale SOM, has led a project studying police forces in Mexico and testing approaches to building more effective and trusted departments. We asked him what...
IPA Côte d'Ivoire signs MoU with DGE
Heidi McAnnally-Linz, Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri, Bethany Park, Shahana Hirji
June 11, 2020
IPA is building on existing relationships and responding to dozens of policy partners to ensure that in our case, the answer is “yes.” We are working hard to understand exactly what questions these partners are asking and how data and evidence can...
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Kate Glynn-Broderick
May 22, 2020
To help mitigate gaps in the current crisis response, IPA is pivoting an existing research project with Bangladesh’s government on digital payments to respond to COVID-19’s challenges.
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May 11, 2020
By Tom Wein Editor's note: This cross-post originally appeared on Medium.  I had previously noted that the Global South was missing in studies of coronavirus, according to a couple of major databases compiling surveys. In one database, just 1/230...