This year's event has a theme of "Using Evaluations for Decision Making Towards Sustainable Development". It aims to provide a platform to policy makers and development practitioners to learn, share experiences and knowledge on emerging monitoring and evaluation (M&E) concerns. It also provides participants with an opportunity to reflect on achievements, opportunities and challenges facing M&E implementation and lessons learnt, for sustainable development.
November 08, 2015 - November 13, 2015
Innovations for Poverty Action hosted a webinar on November 5th to showcase the latest rigorous evidence on innovations in financial capability and financial services. The webinar shared the latest insights from research on financial product design, product-related information, and financial education, featuring presentations by Tarek Ghani (Princeton), José Tessada (PUC Chile), and Marina Dimova (ideas42).
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST, United States
November 05, 2015
Webinar: Better Decision-Making with Randomized Controlled Trials: A Guide for Financial Service Providers
Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have grown in popularity among for-profit and not-for-profit financial service providers alike, due to their accuracy in evaluating both bottom-line and social mission impacts. But many organizations struggle to understand exactly what RCTs are, and how to begin using RCTs for decision-making.
2-3 PM, EST, United States
November 05, 2015
On Tuesday November 3, 2015, IPA Peru, J-PAL LAC, the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Program at IPA, the Ministry of Production, the National Society of Industries of Peru (SNI) and COPEME, co-organized the Conference and Matchmaking Event "Evidence for the development of small and medium enterprises” in Lima, Peru.
November 03, 2015
El martes 3 de noviembre de 2015, IPA Perú, J-PAL LAC, el Ministerio de la Producción (PRODUCE), la Sociedad Nacional de Industrias (SNI) y Consorcio de Organizaciones Privadas de Promoción al Desarrollo de la Micro y pequeña Empresa (COPEME), coorganizaron la Conferencia y Taller de Colaboración “Evidencia para el desarrollo de la pequeña y mediana empresa” en Lima, Perú, en el marco del Programa
November 03, 2015
On October 29th, Zahra Niazi and Pooja Wagh from IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program hosted a workshop on using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to improve financial product design at the 2015 Asia Pacific Financial Inclusion Summit. The workshop provided attendees with real-world examples of how RCTs can produce rigorous evidence to improve financial product design.
October 29, 2015
On October 23rd, Anna Segura, Research Associate with the IPA Colombia office, presented at the Universidad del Norte, about IPA's microfinance evaluation, and the flexible credit evaluation that is being implemented in Barranquilla. The presentation was part of a seminar series hosted by the Institute of Economic Studies of the Caribbean (Instituto de Estudios Económicos del Caribe –IEEC).
October 23, 2015
On Wednesday October 14, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and the Inter-American Bank of Development (IADB), the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD) and the Universida
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
October 14, 2015
Pascaline Dupas (Stanford; Co-Chair, J-PAL’s Health Sector, CEGA and IPA affiliate) and IPA, in collaboration with the World Bank and Ghana’s Ministry of Education (MoE), presented preliminary results from the Ghana Secondary Education Program. This ongoing study is investigating the impact of secondary school scholarships on enrollment and completion, as well as later life outcomes.
September 17, 2015
Sneha Stephen (Program Coordinator, IPA) gave a presentation and participated in a panel on “Preventing crises and addressing over-indebtedness through responsible finance” at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management’s 14th University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Workshop on Responsible Inclusive Finance.
September 14, 2015
Emily Cupito (Policy Manager, J-PAL Africa) presented lessons from randomized evaluations of targeted instruction programs to a working group on catch-up programs in Lusaka, Zambia. The Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training, and Early Education in Zambia chaired the meeting and several partners, including IPA Zambia, participated.
September 07, 2015
The advent of digital finance has brought with it the opportunity to include those without full access to formal financial services. However, increased access to and use of digital financial services, for all its benefits, does not come without risks, which are crucial to address if financial services are to enhance consumer well-being.
September 07, 2015 - September 09, 2015
Francis Meyo, Policy Coordinator for IPA Kenya, will be presenting on the Rural Electric Power Project (REPP) and how that informs the Kenyan Government’s Last Mile Connectivity Project to a gathering of major East African utilities providers and the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. The goal of the event is to hear from industry leaders and decision-makers to source innovative solutions to energy supply problems in Eastern Africa.
August 27, 2015 - August 28, 2015
Innovations for Poverty Action Zambia (IPA) partnered with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab for Africa (J-PAL) and the University of Zambia (UNZA) to hold a four day impact evaluation course from 24-27 August 2015. The course included two streams: a policymaker stream and a researcher stream. The researcher stream focused on the benefits and methods of randomisation, choosing an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of experiments.
August 24, 2015 - August 27, 2015
The IPA Francophone West Africa team organized a seminar at the University of Ouagadougou. Some 40 attendants actively participated to the meeting and speakers were challenged with interesting questions. Research Associate Alassane Koulibaly moderated the seminar with great professionalism.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
July 30, 2015