IPA Philippines held a two-day event on March 1-2, 2017 with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the implementing partner for an impact evaluation of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES). On the first day, IPA provided a capacity-building workshop on Introduction to Impact Evaluation to program-concerned staff at the local, regional, and national levels. On the second day, IPA presented findings from the process evaluation and baseline data collection to program-concerned staff and DOLE senior officials.
IPA Philippines Country Director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri attended the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) M&E Steering Committee Meeting on 21 February 2017. Representatives from 3ie and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) also attended. IPA and 3ie’s projects were featured at the meeting, including an impact evaluation on child labor with the Department of Labor and Employment and an upcoming impact evaluation of judiciary reforms with the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
On September 14th and 20th, IPA Philippines presented two brown bags to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). On the 14th, IPA presented the results of a literature review of similar SLP micro-enterprise and employment facilitation programs found around the world. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion between IPA and DSWD. On the 20th, IPA presented the initial results of an M&E study to the SLP’s Management Committee.
On August 23rd, Ariel BenYishay presented the preliminary results of a five-year evaluation of the Philippine Community-Driven Development (CDD) program, locally known as KALAHI-CIDSS (KC). This study was done in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to assess the impact of CDD on access to key services and quantity and quality of participation in local governance. The event was attended by about 200 representatives from government, development organizations, and international funding agencies.
On July 15th, Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri, Country Director for IPA Philippines, was a speaker and panel member at the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) 20th Anniversary and 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Expo Conference held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Philippines.
On July 7th, the Philippines Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) hosted International Care Ministries (ICM) and IPA Philippines to present preliminary results of IPA’s impact evaluation of ICM’s “Transform” program. This program provides a values, health, and livelihood intervention training program to Filipino ultra-poor households. Dean Karlan presented preliminary results along with David Sutherland, CEO of ICM.
Also on July 7th, Dean Karlan, David Sutherland, and James Choi presented the Transform program’s preliminary results at a session hosted by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and ICM in Makati City, Philippines. Attendees included students from AIM and other ICM partners who are also involved in livelihood interventions and other programs for the Philippine poor.
On July 7th, Dean Karlan was the guest speaker at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation, Inc’s learning session, “Walang Maiiwan sa Laylayan” (Leaving No One Behind in the Margins). This was attended by high-level staff from BPI and other banks in the Philippines. Dean shared evidence from impact evaluations on financial inclusion from around the world and also expounded on innovative solutions that can be explored by the Philippine banking sector.
On July 6th in Manila, IPA and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (with support from the Citi Foundation) co-hosted a workshop for 40 high- and mid-level policymakers and financial service providers interested in learning how rigorous evidence can help them better serve their customers. During the one-day event, attendees engaged in a series of discussions that encouraged them to think about how recent financial inclusion evidence applies to their institutions and how RCTs can be useful for decision-making.
Amidst significant gains in primary level participation rates, learning gaps remain among primary and secondary level students. Increased government spending in education, as well as the implementation of the K-12 program are important education sector reforms that sets the stage for improved access and better education outcomes for the Filipino youth. However, while these reforms are significant, much is still needed to be done in improving learning outcomes for primary and secondary learners in the Philippines.
On April 29th, IPA Philippines hosted a Brown Bag on the Graduation of the Ultra Poor Program for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Director Gil Dennis Raposa of the DSWD Sustainable Livelihoods Program (SLP) was in attendance, along with other program staff. The SLP is one of the three core programs of the DSWD that provides micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation to the poor. During the brown bag, the participants noted the value of packaging and sequencing social protection interventions.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Philippines conducted a one-day workshop on Introduction to Impact Evaluation last Tuesday, 15 March 2016, which was hosted at the OD Corpuz Hall, Development Academy of the Philippines Building, Ortigas Center, Philippines. This was attended by 28 representatives from 11 organizations.
IPA-Philippines, in partnership with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), ran a one-day training on RCTs attended by approximately 70 participants from various government agencies. This event was part of a larger PIDS event implemented with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, the National Economic and Development Authority, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Southeast Asia (J-PAL SEA) and Innovations for Poverty Action - Philippines hosted managers and researchers from international development organizations, foundations, governments and non-governmental organizations from around the world, as well as trained economists looking to retool, in an Executive Training program.