When it comes to combating crime and homicide in Latin America—home to 41 of the 50 most dangerous cities—policymakers have few tested tools at their disposal. Does hot spots policing reduce violence in high-crime neighborhoods? How can police become more accountable and trusted in their communities?
On August 29, IPA Colombia in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, the National Planning Department, and the World Bank Group, held a workshop titled: Evidence Dialogue on Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development in Colombia. This interactive event brought together leading researchers from the SME and private sector development space, as well as policy and industry decision makers in Colombia.
IPA Colombia Country Director Sebastian Chaskel presented on IPA's work at the Mental Health Department of Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá, a university hospital in Bogotá, on November 30, 2017. His presentation was entitled "El Uso de Evaluaciones Aleatorias Controladas para Evaluar Intervenciones Sociales."
Colombia's Banco de la República leads a group of government and private organizations in charge of the national strategy for financial inclusion and financial education programs. With support of the World Bank and the Swiss Embassy, the Banco de la República asked IPA to develop a workshop on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) strategies for organizations in the financial sector. All of the attendees of the workshop worked for financial institutions and managed financial education programs at those institutions.
IPA Colombia Country Director Sebastian Chaskel presented on how RCTs have had an impact, where more evidence is needed, and what's next for IPA. His presentation highlighted the impact of RCTs in the microfinance and financial education sectors, as well as the need for more research in certain areas, such as unconditional cash transfers.
On January 23, IPA Colombia, along with researchers Chris Blattman, Daniel Ortega, and Santiago Tobón, presented preliminary results of the study Improving Security through Concentrated Policing and Municipal Clean-Ups in Bogotá, Colombia to a group of Bogotá city officials and councilmen.
On November 8, Edoardo Trimarchi, Policy Associate with IPA Colombia and JPAL LAC, presented the results of our SMS replication study with beneficiaries of the Colombian long-term savings program BEPS at a forum organized by Colpensiones (the Colombian Pension Agency) and the Inter-American Development Bank in Bogotá.
IPA Colombia launched a partnership with the pension fund Old Mutual in order to develop projects around long-term savings. Program Director Rebecca Rouse spent a week in Colombia for the launch of the project, which was covered by the media.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) es una organización sin ánimo de lucro que se dedica a crear evidencia sobre el impacto de políticas públicas y programas sociales, y a motivar el uso de la evidencia en la toma de decisiones. En esta presentación, se compartirán dos casos de evaluaciones que se han implementado en otros países y tienen relevancia para Colombia, y un caso de un proyecto que se está implementando en este momento en el país.
On June 14th, Fundación Capital, in collaboration with Citi Fundation and the Colombian Social Prosperity Department, organized a Financial Inclusion Digital event in Bogotá, Colombia. The event gathered experts from the public and private sector across Latin America to share their experience with LISTA, a financial inclusion initiative designed by Fundación Capital that is being evaluated by IPA.
On May 16th in Bogota, IPA and Asobancaria (with support from the Citi Foundation) co-hosted a workshop for 40 high- and mid-level policymakers and financial service providers interested in learning how rigorous evidence can help them better serve their customers. During the one-day event, attendees engaged in a series of discussions that encouraged them to think about how recent financial inclusion evidence applies to their institutions and how RCTs can be useful for decision-making.
On January 26, 2016, IPA Colombia and Acción brought together several actors of the Colombian financial sector and government policymakers to discuss innovative solutions in the financial inclusion sector and how impact evaluations can be used in the innovation process.
On October 23rd, Anna Segura, Research Associate with the IPA Colombia office, presented at the Universidad del Norte, about IPA's microfinance evaluation, and the flexible credit evaluation that is being implemented in Barranquilla. The presentation was part of a seminar series hosted by the Institute of Economic Studies of the Caribbean (Instituto de Estudios Económicos del Caribe –IEEC).
Sebastian Chaskel (Country Representative, IPA Colombia), Maya Marquez (Research Associate, IPA Colombia), and Anna Segura (Research Associate, IPA Colombia) presented on IPA's research methodology, findings from research on financial inclusion, and the Flexible Credit project to researchers of the Fundación Para el Desarrollo del Caribe (Fundesarrollo), a local think tank based in Barranquilla.
Sebastian Chaskel (Country Representative, IPA Colombia) participated in a roundtable hosted by the Center for Financial Inclusion’s “Financial Inclusion 2020” project (FI2020). Financial services providers and experts in financial capabilities discussed how insights from behavioral economics can be used to improve the design and delivery of financial products. Sebastian presented recent evidence from randomized evaluations of products and services that promote financial capability.