On June 20, IPA Philippines Country Director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri and Policy Associate Riza Halili presented at an impact evaluation training workshop at the De La Salle University (DLSU) Angelo King Institute in Manila. The primary objective of this workshop was to build the capacity of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) officials and staff on impact evaluations of social and economic development programs.
On Monday, May 7, Sharada Ramanathan, Knowledge Manager for the Poverty Probability Index (PPI®), presented an introduction to the PPI. The PPI is a poverty measurement tool for organizations and businesses with a mission to serve the poor. It is statistically sound, yet simple to use.
On April 12, IPA Philippines and the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) jointly organized the Policy Forum on Peace and Recovery: Select Evidence from Around the World at the NDCP Honor Hall at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
Riza Halili, Policy Associate for IPA Philippines, gave an Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation presentation for the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines' (OVP) Field Coordinators. The 15 Field Coordinators will be responsible for monitoring the OVP's poverty programs implemented in partnership with various local government units in the Philippines.
IPA Philippines Country Director, Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri, presented Evidence in Financial Literacy at the Joint Chevening Chats and Landbank of the Philippines Q-Chats on Financial Inclusion on February 15, 2018 at the Landbank Plaza, Manila, Philippines. The event was attended by Landbank staff from different departments, Chevening scholars, and representatives from the British Embassy Manila.
Riza Halili, Policy Associate and Elisa Cascardi, Research Associate for IPA Philippines, gave a training on Monitoring and Evaluation in the Judiciary. This training focused on the administrative data available in bureaucracies, constructing theory of change for judicial reform projects, and embedding monitoring and evaluation into government programming. Eighteen members from the Supreme Court Program Management Office and Judicial Academy attended the training.
On December 6, IPA Philippines Country Director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri presented on the Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach at the Department of Social Welfare and Development's 3rd Annual M&E Conference. She was part of a panel of speakers who were asked to share evaluation studies. Other panelists included representatives from the World Bank, the Philippine Institute of Development Studies, and DSWD's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
On December 6, IPA Philippines partnered with the Office of the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines (OVP) and the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS). This event was attended by 12 key players and researchers in agribusiness to discuss linking small producers with supply chains and agribusiness models worth pursuing in the Philippine context. The event was conducted to help inform the design of OVP's Angat Buhay program.
On November 27, IPA Philippines hosted the Research Management Workshop for the Philippine National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Research Manager Peter Srouji, Research Coordinator Heather Richmond, and Regional Director Prathap Kasina gave presentations on research design and oversight, data quality control, and measurement and assessing questionnaire design. NEDA conducted sessions on the status of the M&E Fund and a brown bag on impact evaluation of public policies, programs, and projects. This was attended by 27 members of the NEDA Monitoring and Evaluation Staff.
On November 8, as part of IPA Philippines' engagement with the Office of the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines, Loic Watine, the Director of IPA's Goldilocks Right-Fit Evidence Unit, presented on right-fit M&E to 28 local government staff, 7 of whom are mayors from 9 Luzon-based local government units (LGU). This was in support of the OVP's Bridging Leadership Program for their partner LGUs all over the Philippines.
IPA Myanmar led an intensive one-day “Introduction to Program Evaluation” training with government officials in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on October 26th. The seminar covered the following topics: theory of change, experimental and quasi-experimental methods, and a case study on a maternal and child cash transfers Randomized Controlled Trial in Myanmar.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development's National Community-Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP) invited IPA Philippines to speak at their annual National M&E Conference and Planning Workshop from October 23-27, 2017. Jessa Cruz represented IPA Philippines and spoke in front of around 80 DSWD KC-NCDDP M&E field staff about IPA's protocols and best practices on data collection (getting the "Right-Fit" data), data management (ensuring research quality), and data utilization (making data and research actionable).
IPA Philippines conducted an RCTs and Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop for 25 member organizations of the Association of Foundations at the Association of Foundations Conference Room at the Aurora Tower, Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City, Philippines. The first day of the workshop focused on what is evaluation, theory of change, and a short session about Right-Fit M&E. During the second day, session topics covered randomization, generalizability, and evidence in education and financial literacy.
Jessa Cruz, IPA Philippines Policy Associate, was invited to be a resource speaker at the Department of Education's 2nd National Planning Conference from October 10-12, 2017. Held at the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City, the theme for the annual planning conference was "Evidence-based Planning through Research and Innovations." Jessa presented on two session topics: Theory of Change and Preparing for Program Evaluation. The conference was attended by approximately 700 Department of Education personnel in charge of planning, research and M&E.
On September 27-28, IPA Philippines Country Director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri presented at the Seamless Philippines 2017 conference in Manila. This annual conference focuses on how innovations are shaping the future of payments, e-commerce, and retail. It draws industry leaders from across the payments ecosystem to discuss, debate, and evaluate alternative payment strategies and technologies.