April 15, 2019 - April 18, 2019
San Francisco, United States

From April 15-18, IPA participated in three panels at the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) annual conference in San Francisco.

The panels followed a workshop opening the conference on April 14.

Monday, April 15, 3:15 – 4:45 pm

Cost-effectiveness analysis for sustainable education policy

Chair: Annie Duflo, IPA
Discussant: Cynthia Bosumtwi-Sam, Ghana Education Service
  • Session 1: Comparative Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: What Works to Increase Student Attendance Around the World? - Robert Rogers, J-PAL
  • Session 2: How an International Research and Policy Nonprofit Translates CEA Methodology to Fieldwork Around the World - Bethany Park, IPA
  • Session 3: Measuring the Cost-Effectiveness of the Quality Preschool for Ghana (QP4G) Program - Edward Tsinigo, IPA; Sharon Wolf, University of Pennsylvania
  • Session 4: Cost-Effectiveness Analyses: A Funders’/Implementers’ Perspective - Elena Walls, USAID
  • Session 5: The Relationship Among Type of Education, Creative Thinking, and Social Competence Among Children: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for Homeschooling in Israel-  Michal Unger Madar, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Wednesday, April 17, 3:15 – 4:45 pm

Evidence to policy in education: Leveraging rigorous research for improved education quality

Chair: Annie Duflo, IPA
Discussant: Cynthia Bosumtwi-Sam, Ghana Education Service
  • Session 1: Strengthening the Quality of Education in Developing Contexts: Rigorous evidence from randomized evaluations - Heidi McAnnally-Linz, IPA
  • Session 2: The Effects of a Play-Based Preschool Learning Program in Rural Ghana - Pamela Jervis, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Session 3: Building a Research Project at Scale with Government Ownership: The Strengthening Teacher Accountability to Reach All Students (STARS) Project - Bridget Konadu Gyamfi, IPA
  • Session 4: Strengthening and Leveraging Administrative Data to support evidence-based decision-making in education - Bethany Park, IPA
Thursday, April 18, 10:00 am 
Long-term effects of post-primary programs: rigorous evidence from India, Bangladesh, and Zambia
  • Session 1: Measuring long-term impacts of post-primary programs - Radhika Bhula, J-PAL
  • Session 2: Empowering Girls in Rural Bangladesh - Nina Buchmann, ETH Zurich
  • Session 3: Negotiating a Better Future for Girls in Zambia - Heidi McAnnally-Linz, IPA