On October 16, 2019, Marius Chabi, Country Director of IPA's Francophone West Africa office, and Adil Ababou, Policy Manager from J-PAL, co-organized a workshop sharing evidence about citizen participation and accountability in elections.
October 16, 2019
On October 14-18, IPA and government partners participated in the What Works Global Summit (WWGS), which brought 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 October 7, IPA Founder and President, Dean Karlan presented the results of the study “Increasing Voluntary Retirement Contributions in Colombia” at Universidad Javeriana to a wide audience of academics from local universities, policymakers such Colpensiones and the Superintendencia Financiera, as well as the private pension funds and others. Professor Karlan then presented preliminary results from a research project in Ghana at the academic seminar at the Economics Department at the Universidad de los Andes. There he met with Olga Namen, a post-doctoral fellow at IPA Colombia and a researcher on a project in Ecuador with the Ministry of Social and Economic Inclusion, other professors at the university, and with the pensions team at Superintendencia Financiera, the financial regulator in Colombia for a potential research opportunity around financial protection.
October 07, 2019
IPA, J-PAL, 3iE, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding Present at the Alliance for Peacebuilding's 2019 Annual Conference
Recent studies of community security and peacebuilding efforts have found that relatively inexpensive interventions can move the needle on measures of intergroup trust and social capital, even when far more intensive programs have failed to do so.
Washington, DC, United States
October 04, 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
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.
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