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.
On September 14 2017, principal investigators Amanda Beatty and Aniceto Orbeta presented the results of the impact evaluation of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) program implemented by Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippines (DSWD) or locally known as KALAHI-CIDSS (KC).
IPA Philippines, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines, hosted the presentation of results on the Impact Evaluation of the Special Program for Employment of Students. Emily Beam, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont and principal investigator on the study, presented the results to over 60 key stakeholders from the DOLE national and regional offices, other government agencies, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, and the Australian Government.
IPA Philippines conducted workshop entitled "Introduction to Theory of Change" for the Policy Research and Development Division (PRD) of the Department of Education of the Philippines on August 15, 2017. PRD is tasked with promoting evidence-based decision-making and developing evaluation standards across the Department of Education. The workshop focused on how to use the development of a theory of change as a tool for monitoring and evaluation. Sixteen PRD staff attended the workshop at the DepEd Complex in Pasig City, Philippines.
Eric Edmonds, principal investigator on the IPA Philippines project Reducing Child Labor in the Philippines, was invited to speak at a public lecture at the US Department of Labor (US DOL) about the project, which is funded by US DOL. The project investigates the impact of livelihood promotion on child labor.
Eric Edmonds, principal investigator, and Peter Srouji, Research Manager for IPA Philippines, were invited to speak at the US Department of Labor's Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Grantee Midterm Learning Workshop at the US Department of Labor (US DOL) in Washington, D.C. on August 10, 2017. Eric Edmonds' presentation was about parent-child differences in time allocation responses.
On July 6, IPA PI Dean Yang gave a presentation "Taken by Storm: Hurricanes, Migrant Networks, and U.S. Immigration" at the University of the Philippines School of Economics' Philippine Center for Economic Development. He discussed his research on how readily potential migrants respond to changes in the returns of migration to academics and students at the university.
On 5 July 2017, the Asian Development Bank Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department hosted a seminar for Dean Yang to present on results of his studies on migration. The seminar was attended by about 20 staff members from various ADB offices.