August 15, 2017
The Peace & Recovery (P&R) Program at Innovations for Poverty Action is launching its first request for proposals, through an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form available now. Expressions of Interest are due on September 15, 2017. The P&R Program is designed to support field experiments and related research in several broad areas:
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July 15, 2017
In an op-ed in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof discusses a program to outsource management of schools in Liberia that is being evaluated by IPA. Learn more about the preliminary results after one year here.
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June 27, 2017
In the New York Times Magazine, Peg Tyre mentions an IPA evaluation on outsourcing in Liberian schools. Learn more about the preliminary results after one year here.
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April 21, 2017
Writing in the Financial Times magazine, David Pilling mentions an IPA evaluation on outsourcing in Liberian schools. Learn more about the preliminary results after one year here.
January 25, 2017

By Mauricio Romero, Justin Sandefur and Wayne Aaron Sandholtz

Editor’s note: This cross-post originally appeared on the Center for Global Development blog

We respond to critics of our evaluation of Liberia’s “partnership” school program, distinguishing legitimate concerns about the charter-style program itself—which can be turned into testable hypotheses—from methodological limitations to what an impact evaluation can show.

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September 09, 2016
There are many stories about why children fail to enter, attend, or complete schooling, in places like Liberia. Tricia Koroknay-Palicz examines this issue through an impact evaluation of the International Rescue Committee’s Sisters of Success (SOS) program, in Monrovia Liberia.
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August 26, 2016
In the Huffington Post, Susannah Hares speaks with researcher Justin Sandefur about IPA's evaluation of a pilot program that contracting management of some public schools in Liberia to private operators. Read more about the preliminary results from this evaluation here.
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June 14, 2016
In a New York Times Fixes column, Tina Rosenberg mentions an IPA evaluation on outsourcing in Liberian schools. Learn more about the preliminary results after one year here.
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November 10, 2015
Political debates are good even when they’re bad. Even when candidates are cringe-worthy, they’re cringe-worthy in public view. And voters learn about all the candidates, not just new ones. In the United States, for example, Hillary Clinton has been center stage in political life for 24 years. Donald Trump is the very definition of “overexposed.” Still, the debates tell us new things about them — their positions, temperament, grace under pressure (or lack thereof), charisma and political skill.
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June 25, 2015
IPA's research in Liberia with Chris Blattman of Columbia University and Jeannie Annan of the International Rescue Committee, is featured in The Atlantic article "Can Jobs Deter Crime?" The research evaluated a program aimed at young men, giving them literacy and vocational training along with cash to buy agricultural supplies. Overally the data showed the group who participated in the program spent more time on agricultural activities, and had higher assets, along with less interest in joining a new conflict in neighboring Cote d’Ivoire.
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February 06, 2015
The development news site DevEx discusses rebuilding West African economies after Ebola, referencing IPA's work studying the disease's economic impact. Read more about IPA's work to support the response to Ebola here, and more on the crucial role of good data in crisis reponse by IPA researchers in the New York Times here.
Katherine Casey, Rachel Glennerster, Kristen Himelein, Tavneet Suri
November 24, 2014

Since first appearing in March 2014 in rural Guinea, the Ebola virus has infected at least 17,800 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and killed more than 6,300, according to figures from the Center for Disease Control from early December 2014.1 To ensure the safety of our team on the ground, IPA has suspended all non-Ebola studies and operations in the region. We are now pursuing new studies that simultaneously address the Ebola crisis, capitalize on our strong local presence, and ensure the safety of our staff.

November 14, 2014
Watanic Jabateh, an enumerator for IPA in Liberia, died on October 9, 2014. She was 25.
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October 31, 2014