On March 13, Juan Manuel Hernandez-Agramonte (IPA Country Director for Peru, Paraguay, and Bolivia) presented findings from an IPA study in progress on the impact of a pension program on senior citizens’ wellbeing in Paraguay to the country's Ministry of Finance.
From June 6-7, IPA Peru presented preliminary results of the evaluation Tikichuela Science (Tikichuela, Ciencias en mi Escuela) in two regional events held in Asuncion, Paraguay. During 2017, IPA and researchers partnered with Paraguay’s Ministry of Education and Science (MEC) and the Interamerican Development Bank to evaluate the effects on student achievement of an interactive radio instruction (IRI) and inquiry-based curriculum for early childhood science education.
On August 4th, IPA Paraguay and the Ministry of Education (MEC) co-hosted the event “Generating Impact: Innovation and Evidence for Public Policy in Education.” The event took place in Asunción, Paraguay. With the objective of contributing to the debate on policy decisions in education, the event presented the state of experimental evidence on education, the insights of behavioral economics applied to education, and the use and generation of evidence in the public sector.
On August 3rd, IPA Paraguay held an introductory impact evaluation training at Fundación Paraguaya in Asunción. The training gathered participants from various organizations and think tanks from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Throughout the day, the training focused on giving the participants introductory knowledge on experimental methodologies of impact evaluation and how to use this to implement effective interventions.
Dylan Ramshaw (Country Director, IPA Peru) and Mauricio Perez Alaniz (Research Coordinator, IPA Paraguay) presented results from the Graduating the Ultra-Poor study and held a two-day seminar with the Secretariat of Social Action in Paraguay, which is considering an evaluation of a Graduation Program implemented by the Paraguayan Government.
A raíz de las conversaciones entre J–PAL LAC, IPA, el Ministerio de Hacienda y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, un programa de capacitación fue implementado por J-PAL Latinoamérica y el Caribe e IPA Perú, el cual reunió a Directores, funcionarios y personal de distintos sectores del Gobierno paraguayo con la finalidad de aprender y pensar acerca de las posibilidades de evaluar el impacto de los programas que gestionan.
The Centro de Informacion y Recursos para el Desarrollo (CIRD), IPA Peru, and J-PAL LAC organized a seminar on the importance of scientific evidence in improving the efficiency and efficacy of social policy. Dylan Ramshaw (Deputy Country Director, IPA Peru) introduced IPA and J-PAL’s mission and work in the region. Juan Hernandez (Policy Manager, J-PAL LAC) presented on the value that evidence can bring to public policy, as well as the role that randomized evaluations can play.