Reforming the Education Sector for Effective Service Delivery: Embracing Innovations
On June 19 and 20, the Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) program convened high-profile academics and policymakers to answer the question: "How can education systems be reformed to deliver better learning for all?" The conference featured presentations by researchers on three IPA-implemented projects: Andrew Zeitlin presented preliminary results from the...
From April 15-18, IPA participated in three panels at the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) annual conference in San Francisco.
The panels followed a workshop opening the conference on April 14.
Cost-effectiveness analysis for sustainable education policy
On September 18, IPA Ghana and the National Board of Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) co-hosted a roundtable on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) entitled “SMEs in Ghana: From Evidence to Action” at The African Regent Hotel in Accra.
On August 6, 2018, IPA and Ghana’s Ministry of Education (MoE) partnered to host an “Evidence Day” kicking off the Ministry’s annual sector review. The event showcased the ongoing co-creation of evidence in Ghana between IPA and MoE and connected this evidence with the real-time education policymaking occurring during the week’s annual sector planning.
While the world works toward the Sustainable Development Goals, important transformations of the agricultural sector will be required to achieve food security, the eradication of poverty and hunger, and sustainable economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.
This is particularly true in Ghana, where the agricultural sector contributes 19 percent of GDP and absorbs 45 percent of total national employment. Low productivity in agriculture is strongly associated with poverty: 78 percent of the poor population of Ghana lives in rural areas.
Innovations for Poverty Action's research and policy work was highlighted in a pair of panel sessions at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference in Mexico City this month. In the first panel, IPA participants shared their experiences working with Ministries of Education in Peru, Ghana, and Zambia to equip policymakers and educators to create, understand, and apply rigorous evidence to their education practice.
Rigorous research shows that high-quality kindergarten (KG) education is critical for children’s successful transition to and success in primary school. Adopting and promoting a developmentally appropriate KG pedagogy is critical to promoting high quality pre-primary education for all.
Co-Hosted with the Ministry of Education, Ghana
Better utilization of evidence in policy and practice can improve learning outcomes.
On July 26th, Christine Papai, Deputy Country Director, shared a technical case study of the malaria text message reminders study at the USAID MEASURE / Ghana School of Public Health Impact Evaluation Workshop. The audience included 22 individuals who work in or intend to do impact evaluations. The group was rigorously selected from a pool of 150 and hailed from all over Africa (including Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana).
On April 13th, IPA Ghana hosted a dissemination event for the SMART (Study on mHealth and Reproductive Health in Teens) and present findings on the possibility of using mobile phone technology to provide young women with information on adolescent reproductive health (ARH) and safe contraceptive use. Researcher Slawa Rokicki presented findings which showed that both regular and interactive text messages about reproductive health served to significantly increase adolescent girls' knowledge on the subject.