From 10—14 July, IPA together with J-PAL Africa, held a five-day training course on evaluating social programs aimed at providing a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations and pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one’s own evaluation. Some of the topics covered included benefits and methods of randomization, choosing an appropriate sample size, and com- mon threats and pitfalls to the validity of experiments.
Nairobi , Kenya
July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017
IPA led a learning lunch table during USAIDs Digital Development Forum on the 17th of July 2017 in Lusaka. This action-packed event focused on innovative and effective digital development solutions in Zambia for improving education, health, and agriculture and featured local technology firms, USAID implementing partners, and multiple donors. The topic was “Promising directions for women’s empowerment through digital finance: Evidence from randomized control trials.”
Lusaka, Zambia
July 07, 2017
On July 6, IPA PI Dean Yang gave a presentation "Taken by Storm: Hurricanes, Migrant Networks, and U.S. Immigration" at the University of the Philippines School of Economics' Philippine Center for Economic Development. He discussed his research on how readily potential migrants respond to changes in the returns of migration to academics and students at the university.
Quezon City, Philippines
July 06, 2017
On 5 July 2017, the Asian Development Bank Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department hosted a seminar for Dean Yang to present on results of his studies on migration. The seminar was attended by about 20 staff members from various ADB offices.
Pasig City, Philippines
July 05, 2017
Dean Karlan ADB Presentation Nimble RCTs June 2017
On June 26, 2017, IPA Founder Dean Karlan presented at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippines on nimble RCTs or rapid fire tests, and how these can be integral to program design. The presentation was facilitated by ADB's Chief Economist, Yasuyuki Sawada, who also provided his input on how RCTs can be used at the ADB.  
Pasig City, Philippines
June 26, 2017
Dean Karlan DSWD Presentation June 2017
On June 23, 2017, IPA Founder Dean Karlan presented on qualitative and quantitative methods at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippines. The seminar was attended by 30 management-level staff of the DSWD, including the department's undersecretaries and assistant secretaries. Discussions focused on how impact evaluations, specifically RCTs, can help improve the design of social protection programs.  
Quezon City, Philippines
June 23, 2017
In this session, IPA’s Associate Director of Policy and Communications Heidi McAnnally-Linz shares examples of how IPA is using rigorous evidence to inform policy conversations in national governments from Peru to Ghana, and in sectors from education to social protection. She also highlights opportunities for effective altruists to leverage investments in rigorous evidence and achieve more impact.
Cambridge, United States
June 02, 2017 - June 04, 2017
Researchers and donors gather for discussion at the Measuring Women's Empowerment Researcher Gathering
This one-day gathering brought together a small group of researchers and donors to discuss several current debates and challenges in measuring women’s empowerment and to generate a practical set of recommendations on how researchers, practitioners, and donors can improve the ways we measure empowerment using surveys and non-survey instruments. IPA and J-PAL will summarize these recommendations in a series of blog posts, research resources, and apply best practices to their own work.
Cambridge, United States
May 25, 2017
Prathap Kasina at WEE SEEP Event
The SEEP Network, in collaboration with Forum Partners, hosted the 2017 Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Global Learning Forum in Bangkok, Thailand from May 23-25.
Bangkok, Thailand
May 24, 2017
On May 24-25, 2017, IPA Kenya Country Director Suleiman Asman, Research Manager Peter LeFrancois, and Policy Assistant Kelvin Gichia attended the 2017 Evidence to Action Conference organized by the International Centre for Evaluation & Development (ICED).
Nairobi, Kenya
May 24, 2017 - May 25, 2017
IPA Philippines OVP Workshop
On May 22-23, 2017, IPA Philippines conducted a Theory of Change and Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop for the Office of the Vice President (OVP) of the Philippines. The workshop took place in Quezon City and was attended by 28 participants from different departments of the OVP.
Quezon City, Philippines
May 22, 2017 - May 23, 2017
IPA Philippines SLP Workshop
In partnership with J-PAL Southeast Asia, IPA Philippines conducted a Measurement and Survey Design Workshop for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)'s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) on May 18-19, 2017. The workshop was attended by ten participants and held at the DSWD Complex in Quezon City, Philippines.
Quezon City, Philippines
May 18, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Attendees and speakers at the Consumer Protection Research for Policymaking Workshop
Appropriate consumer protection is becoming ever more central to ensuring the financial wellbeing of the poor. Ensuring that consumers are able to select and use financial products to their best advantage is a key component of financial inclusion. Without a robust consumer protection framework, even the most educated and capable consumer is likely to have difficulty making prudent financial choices.
Nairobi, Kenya
May 18, 2017
Jihae Hong at MCC Event
On Thursday, May 11, 2017, IPA, along with the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Government of Mongolia, hosted a local stakeholder workshop for the final results of the evaluation of Millennium Challenge Corporation's Vocational Education Training Project in Mongolia. This event was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and included 60 attendees from the Government of Mongolia and donor community working on vocational education in Mongolia.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
May 11, 2017
Dylan Ramshaw presenting at the 2017 IATT Symposium and Members Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia
The UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education and School Health, and UNESCO as a secretariat, hosted the 2017 IATT Symposium and Members Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia on May 10th and 11th May. The theme for the symposium was Lessons from Implementing HIV and school initiatives; exploring gaps and opportunities for gender responsive programming in education.
Lusaka, Zambia
May 10, 2017 - May 11, 2017

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