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June 30, 2022
Upworthy cites the 10-year follow-up of a Liberia study that found that giving young men in high-risk situations $500 worth of therapy and $200 cash helped reduce crime in the long term. As researcher Chris Blattman notes, “The therapy helped participants change their intentions, identity, and behavior and provided almost daily commitment and reinforcement" while the cash grant allowed men to maintain this progress.
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June 03, 2022
Chris Blattman writes in the Washington Post about his study, co-authored with Margaret Sheridan, Julian Jamison, & Sebastian Chaskel, and conducted with IPA Liberia. The study evaluated the Sustainable Transformation of Youth in Liberia program, which provided cognitive behavioral therapy (to which the researchers also added cash grants) to young men at risk of violence and crime.
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May 31, 2022
Vox reports on the recent release of the 10-year follow-up of a Liberia study which offered cash and cognitive behavioral therapy to young men at high risk for crime and violence. After tracking down the 999 men 10 years later, they found lower rates of crime among participants, at a cost of about $1.50 per crime averted.
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May 07, 2021

By Bless Rachael Adzahli, Kobbina Awuah, Abdoulaye Cissé, Claudio Mlamka, and Frank Odhiambo

Note: This is a guest post by the Graduate Applications International Network (GAIN).


African scholars are strongly under-represented in economics research globally. At the same time, potentially excellent graduate school candidates from Africa face information and economic constraints that may hinder their possibilities of being admitted to graduate programs. 

Media Coverage
October 26, 2020
In the Boston Globe, Jina Moore writes on how thinking on cash transfers as a form of aid has changed over the years. She reviews the evidence, including a study on cash and nutrition conducted by IPA in Rwanda.
Media Coverage
December 20, 2019
Quartz interviews researcher Justin Sandefur about new results from Liberia's experiment having public schools run by eight private sector and non-profit school operators.
Media Coverage
December 20, 2019
The Economist reports on three-year results of an RCT evaluating public-private partnerships of schools in Liberia and their impact on learning outcomes.
Mushfiq Mobarak presenting results
December 19, 2019

A long-time supporter of IPA recently gave me the gift of a very open-ended question—something along the lines of “So, how did things go this year?” As we close a very eventful 2019, it was refreshing to be able to recollect some highlights of IPA’s policy engagement around the world and reflect on what we’ve learned and where we’re going next on the second pillar of our strategic ambition: sharing evidence strategically.

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December 18, 2019
Devex reports on the new results of a three-year randomized control trial conducted by IPA and the Center for Global Development evaluating the Liberian Education Advancement Partnership (LEAP), which piloted private school operators running government schools.
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Enumerators conducting surveys for the Modern Man Challenge evaluation.
CREDIT: 
Ellen Bates-Jefferys
Jeannie Annan
August 19, 2019

This cross-posting is the third in a series on the International Rescue Committee and IPA's Modern Man Challenge study.

Media Coverage
May 28, 2019
The Economist reports on an experimental program aiming to reduce Chicago's murder rate by providing high-risk men with job training and therapy on de-escalating and avoiding violence. The program applies findings from an IPA study in Liberia on the impacts of cognitive behavioral therapy and cash grants to combat violence and crime among street youth. [Note: article may be gated].
Media Coverage
July 18, 2018
Devex reports on the Governance, Conflict, and Crime Initiative (GCCI), a joint IPA and J-PAL initiative that was granted funding through the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). GCCI's goal is to support RCTs piloted through IPA and J-PAL to generate much-needed evidence on solutions to conflict and corruption, particularly in fragile states. Devex outlines some of these pilot evaluations and key takeaways from a London event in early June.
Media Coverage
January 22, 2018
Last year, IPA published midline results for a study of Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL), a program that outsources the management of certain schools in Liberia to private operators. In an op-ed for BBC, David Laws—a former education minister in the United Kingdom and an advisor to Liberia's government for the PSL project—reflects on the findings. 

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