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.
Machakos, Kenya
November 27, 2019 - November 29, 2019
2019's Evidence Summit, which forms part of the National Education Week (NEW), was held on August 7.
Accra, Ghana
August 07, 2019
EASST match making workshop
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.
Nairobi, Kenya
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. 
Nairobi, Kenya
July 22, 2019 - July 23, 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.
Accra, Ghana
July 09, 2019 - July 12, 2019
On Thursday, June 27, Dr. Angela Ofori-Atta, Prof. Dean Karlan, and Prof. Christopher Udry presented results from the first randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a CBT intervention in Ghana. The study evaluated the impact of a relatively low-cost group-based CBT intervention on developing resilience and eliminating negative thought distortions among poor households in rural and peri-urban areas. The research also aims to understand if CBT helps equip people with the mental health stability and positive outlook necessary to make successful investments and if it can be used as a therapy to reduce intimate partner violence.
Accra, Ghana
June 27, 2019
On June 19 and 20, the Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) program convened high-profile academics and policymakers to answer the question: "How can education systems be reformed to deliver better learning for all?" The conference featured presentations by researchers on three IPA-implemented projects: Andrew Zeitlin presented preliminary results from the Rwanda teacher pay-for-performance study; Torsten Figueiredo Walter presented findings from the Zambia teacher allocation study, and Syeda Farwa Fatima presented results from the Ghana Fast-Track Transformational Teacher Training (FTTT) study.
Washington, DC, United States
June 19, 2019 - June 20, 2019
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On June 11-13, 2019 the USAID/Malawi MELS Project, implemented by IBTCI, convened over 40 Malawian M&E practitioners in Lilongwe for an annual learning workshop on the “State of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning.”
Lilongwe, Malawi
June 12, 2019
Women Deliver conference
From June 2-6, IPA Kenya Research Associate James Opot, part of the Strengthening People-Centered Accessibility, Respect, and Quality (SPARQ) project, attended and participated in the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The forum brought together global researchers and stakeholders to discuss gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.
Vancouver, Canada
June 02, 2019 - June 06, 2019
On May 31, World Bicycle Relief (WBR) and the Zambian Ministry of General Education hosted a dissemination event at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia. The event covered the initial release of the primary outcomes of the randomized evaluation conducted by IPA Zambia of WBR's bicycle program.
Lusaka, Zambia
May 31, 2019
Spring 2019 Benefit
On May 30, IPA held its first-ever benefit event in New York City, with more than 100 guests attending, many of them new to IPA. Professor Daniel Kahneman joined IPA Founder Dean Karlan in an engaging conversation as featured speakers, and host Justin Leverenz, IPA Board Member Aroon Balani, and IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo also spoke.
New York City, United States
May 30, 2019
On May 23, a panel sponsored by IPA and J-PAL LAC convened the Secretaries of Security from Colombia's three largest cities—Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali—and Universidad EAFIT economist Catalina Goméz Toro to discuss and debate policy strategies for public safety.
Medellín, Colombia
May 23, 2019
On May 20, IPA Peru and J-PAL LAC co-hosted a dissemination event where researchers Erica Field (Duke University) and Ursula Aldana (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos) presented baseline findings from “Leaders in Action,” a program that trains local leaders to become community health volunteers and raise awareness of gender-based violence (GBV) in their villages, to a policy audience at the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP).
Lima, Peru
May 20, 2019
On Wednesday, May 15, during the Child Labor Coalition's quarterly meeting, Dr. Eric Edmonds presented the results of his and Dr. Caroline Theoharides' evaluation of the Department of Labor and Employment's livelihood assistance to parents of child laborers.
Washington, DC, United States
May 15, 2019
German Development Conference
On May 10, IPA's Regional Director for West Africa Claudia Casarotto presented at an event hosted by the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) and the Campbell Collaboration. The conference, "Using evidence for more effective development policy and practice," brought together policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to discuss ways to foster evidence-based policymaking and programming in the German development cooperation.
Bonn, Germany
May 10, 2019