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.
On June 26, 2017, IPA Founder Dean Karlan presented at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippines on nimble RCTs or rapid fire tests, and how these can be integral to program design. The presentation was facilitated by ADB's Chief Economist, Yasuyuki Sawada, who also provided his input on how RCTs can be used at the ADB.
On June 23, 2017, IPA Founder Dean Karlan presented on qualitative and quantitative methods at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippines. The seminar was attended by 30 management-level staff of the DSWD, including the department's undersecretaries and assistant secretaries. Discussions focused on how impact evaluations, specifically RCTs, can help improve the design of social protection programs.
On May 22-23, 2017, IPA Philippines conducted a Theory of Change and Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop for the Office of the Vice President (OVP) of the Philippines. The workshop took place in Quezon City and was attended by 28 participants from different departments of the OVP. The workshop's objectives were to: 1) build the foundations of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework of the OVP's flagship program by updating the program's theory of change (ToC); (2) introduce the ToC as a tool for M&E; and (3) provide sessions on right-fit M&E.
IPA Founder Dean Karlan presented IPA’s Graduation of the Ultra Poor study to Yasuyuki Sawada, Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank, as well as other ADB staff and representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The seminar was held at ADB’s main office in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.