In 2018, IPA Rwanda released results of a study comparing the effects of a major health and nutrition program to the equivalent amount in cash. The evaluation, the first of its kind, influenced the global debate over benchmarking development programs to unconditional cash transfers. The story was widely covered by global media, and further cash benchmarking evaluations are now underway in Rwanda and elsewhere.

 

Meanwhile, IPA Rwanda is currently working closely to co-create evidence with the Rwandan Education Board on two policy-relevant education studies. One evaluates teacher training and entrepreneurship education, and another evaluates performance contracts to recruit teachers and improve learning outcomes.

IPA has formalized its ongoing work with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources by entering into memoranda of understanding that will guide collaboration between the two organizations through November 2020 and December 2022, respectively.

 


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