From November 27-29, 2019, Education Evidence for Action (EE4A), a coalition of civil society organizations, academics, and government officials under the Ministry of Education (MoE), will host its biannual policy conference in Machakos, Kenya. EE4A has previously organized two policy conferences in 2015 and 2017, and its third conference in 2019 will serve as a proactive strategy to link education evidence to policy and action.
November 27, 2019 - November 29, 2019
On October 29, IPA in collaboration with the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA), a state corporation under the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Cooperatives will hold a one-day policy dialogue on MSME development in Kenya. The event aims to bring together policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the key priorities, opportunities, and challenges facing the SME sector in the country.
October 29, 2019
On October 21 and 23, IPA will present at the 2019 African Microfinance Week (SAM) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. SAM is a major conference dedicated to the development of financial inclusion in Africa that takes place every two years.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
October 21, 2019, October 23, 2019
In this interactive webinar aimed at researchers and practitioners in behavioral finance, researchers Jeremy Burke (USC) and Sean Higgins (Northwestern University) and IPA’s Michael Rosenbaum will discuss findings and policy implications from two recent studies on prize-linked incentives in financial product design. Financial products that incorporate sweepstake entries as incentives for use (or prize-linked) are increasingly popular in both developed and developing economies. Despite recent legislation in the US to enable prize-linkages in financial product design, rigorous evidence on whether these features can improve or even influence financial behavior is still limited. Two recent field experiments in the U.S. and in Mexico tested how consumers responded to prize-linked incentives, looking at impacts on debt repayment and financial access. Results highlight the limitations and complexities of prize-linked devices and point to the need for more research around the timing of incentives and customer segmentation, in particular on the most financially vulnerable.
Webinar, United States
October 22, 2019
On October 14-18, IPA and government partners will be participating in the What Works Global Summit (WWGS), which will bring together world leaders in evidence-based decision-making to explore the evidence for designing, implementing, and reviewing effective programs and policies.
Mexico City, Mexico
October 14, 2019 - October 18, 2019
On September 19, Nana Ya, Education Officer at the Ghana Education Service; Adrienne Lucas, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Delaware; and Renaud Comba, Research & Policy Manager at IPA Ghana facilitated a workshop at UKFIET, The Education and Development Forum. The workshop, titled "Evidence to policy in education: Practical tools for co-creating education research with governments," provided policymakers, researchers, and practitioners with theoretical frameworks and practical tools for co-creating rigorous, policy-relevant education researchwith theoretical frameworks and practical tools for creating rigorous, policy-relevant education research. Learn more on the UKFIET website here.
Oxford, United Kingdom
September 19, 2019
On September 10, IPA presented at a Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) event held at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and co-organized with DIME, IPA, 3ie, BITSS (CEGA), and J-PAL. It was a research-oriented symposium focusing on practical application of methods for transparency, reproducibility, and credibility in economics research.
Washington D.C., United States
September 10, 2019
On August 28, IPA's Chief Research & Methodology Officer, Steven Glazerman, conducted a training on power calculation and research design with technical teams from the Ministry of Education (MineduLab); Ministry of Social Development (AyniLab); and Superintendencia de Banca, Seguros y AFP (SBS Peru); and IPA Peru staff in Lima, Peru.
August 28, 2019
On August 22-23, IPA held the second workshop in a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training series for the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The two-day workshop built on the key M&E concepts introduced during the first workshop. 43 Supreme Court staff dove deeper into their theories of change, prioritized areas of their M&E plans, and discussed ways forward.
August 22, 2019 - August 23, 2019
2019's Evidence Summit, which forms part of the National Education Week (NEW), was held on August 7.
August 07, 2019
On July 23, IPA Kenya facilitated a policy opportunity matchmaking workshop as part of the 8th Annual EASST Summit. The workshop was attended by EASST fellows, NIERA alumni, CEGA affiliates, partner organizations, and Kenya government officials. The objective of this workshop was to provide a platform for these groups to connect and start new scale-up and impact evaluation consulting opportunities that will be partially funded by EASST through its “Policy Engagement Grant” program. The session focused on four sectors: education, health, agriculture, and financial inclusion. Participants broke into sector group discussions to map out their common areas of research interest, potential opportunities for collaboration, and ultimately come up with proposals for EASST funding on the identified areas of policy engagement.
July 23, 2019
CEGA's EASST Collaborative hosted its 8th annual summit in Nairobi, Kenya on July 22-23, 2019. The Summit showcased locally generated research alongside the research of U.S. based academics while facilitating a dialogue between policymakers, practitioners, and researchers regarding opportunities for evidence-informed policymaking in East Africa.
July 22, 2019 - July 23, 2019
On July 18-19, IPA held the first of the workshops in a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training series for the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Over the course of the two days, the fifty-two Supreme Court staff across eight offices were introduced to key concepts of monitoring and evaluation.
July 18, 2019 - July 19, 2019
On July 9-12, 2019, the International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED); the Institute of Statistical, Social, and Economic Research (ISSER); and Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access (AMA Innovation Lab); in conjunction with the Office of the President, the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation; the Campbell Collaboration; the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI); and IPA organized the 2nd Evidence to Action Conference and Exhibition.
July 09, 2019 - July 12, 2019