On November 19, IPA Philippines participated and presented at the 8th Monitoring and Evaluation Network Forum organized by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
On November 13-14, the US Department of Labor's Bureau of International Affairs (ILAB) held an event on "Impact to Action" to release the results of 14 rigorous evaluations examining what works to combat child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. The studies looked at varied government and non-government programs, including awareness-raising campaigns, girls' mentoring, scholarship and education programs, cash transfers, and other income and livelihoods supports.
On August 22-23, IPA held the second workshop in a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training series for the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The two-day workshop built on the key M&E concepts introduced during the first workshop. 43 Supreme Court staff dove deeper into their theories of change, prioritized areas of their M&E plans, and discussed ways forward. IPA Philippines Country Director, Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri, opened the event and Dr. Maria Alicia F.
On July 18-19, IPA held the first of the workshops in a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training series for the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Over the course of the two days, the fifty-two Supreme Court staff across eight offices were introduced to key concepts of M&E. The participants, under their respective offices, worked on developing a relevant theory of change and applying CART principles as they began to build out an M&E framework, in between lectures on these concepts. Atty. Laura C.H.
On October 22, IPA hosted a dissemination event titled: "Addressing Child Labor through Livelihood Promotion: An Impact Evaluation of the Department of Labor and Employment's Livelihood Assistance to Parents of Child Laborers." Dr. Eric Edmonds presented the results of his and Dr. Caroline Theoharides' evaluation of the Department of Labor and Employment's livelihood assistance to parents of child laborers.
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.