On June 29, IPA hosted a webinar titled “Promoting Early Childhood Development: Recent Evidence and Policy Lessons,” the third webinar in a three-part series on evidence in education, from preparing young adults for the workforce to school management to early childhood development.
Webinar, United States
June 29, 2020
With our partners, IPA is hosting the RECOVR Webinar Series: Bringing Evidence to COVID-19 Policy Responses in the Global South. In this series, we are sharing new research findings and policy perspectives from IPA and our partner organizations on the COVID-19 crisis in order to support evidence-informed response efforts. All webinars are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Webinar, United States
June 11, 2020 - February 23, 2021
On June 11, 2020, IPA and the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation & Scale (Y-RISE) hosted the first webinar in the RECOVR Webinar Series: Bringing Evidence to COVID-19 Policy Responses in the Global South, centered on COVID-19, mobility, and migration.
Webinar, United States
June 11, 2020
On June 9, 2020, the Financial Inclusion Program at IPA convened a global network of more than 60 researchers working on consumer protection and digital finance issues for the Launch Meeting of the Consumer Protection Research Initiative. This virtual meeting featured presentations by Initiative leadership Xavier Giné of the World Bank and Rafe Mazer of Innovations for Poverty Action, researcher presentations by Dani Madrid-Morales (University of Houston), Matthew Bird (Universidad del Pacifico) and Paolina Medina (Texas A&M), and moderated discussion groups on the topics below. This interactive virtual meeting helped the team better understand researcher interest and solicit feedback on research priorities and innovative methods that will lead to improved market monitoring, improved customer experience, and expanded consumer choice in the initiative's priority markets. 
Webinar, United States
June 09, 2020
On June 2 and June 8, IPA Philippines participated in two Policy Dialogue sessions hosted by the Department of Education (DepEd) Policy Research and Development Division (PRRD). On June 2, select Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office units joined the session and on June 8 select DepEd Regional Offices, Schools Division Offices, and schools participated. The policy dialogues explored potential options for effective distance learning modalities. IPA and Pratham India were invited to share learnings and experiences on implementing remote learning interventions to ensure continuity of learning during the pandemic. Insights from Pratham India and discussions about policy issues on remote learning will form part of the policy memo to be prepared by the DepEd PRRD. IPA Philippines Country Director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri spoke about the importance of using evidence to design programs and the need to integrate a learning agenda in DepEd's plans. IPA will continue to collaborate with DepEd by working to provide data and policy support in preparation for the opening of classes in late August 2020.
Online, Philippines
June 02, 2020, June 08, 2020
On June 5, IPA Myanmar shared results of a study on maternal cash transfers as part of Centers for Learning Evaluations and Results (CLEAR)'s online gLocal Evaluation Week. IPA Myanmar Country Director, Ricardo Morel presented on the evaluation of the impact of cash transfers to mothers—both with and without social and behavioral change communication (SBCC)—on determinants and indicators of child malnutrition.
Online, Myanmar
June 05, 2020
On June 2, 2020, IPA hosted a webinar titled, "From Research to Policy in School Management and Accountability: Rigorous Evidence from Randomized Evaluations," the second in a three-part webinar series on rigorous evidence in education, from preparing young adults for the workforce to early childhood education to school management.
Webinar, United States
June 02, 2020
IPA Côte d'Ivoire signs MoU with DGE
On May 29, IPA Côte d'Ivoire and the Direction Générale de l'Emploi (DGE) of the Ministry of Employment and Social Protection signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement specifies how IPA will assist the Ministry with a special focus on the most vulnerable populations (youth, entrepreneurs in the informal sector, workers with handicaps, women, etc.). IPA and the Ministry have been forming this partnership for over a year and are particularly interested in conducting policy-relevant research. For the first activity under this MoU, IPA and the DGE are working together to base, as much as possible, the COVID-19 response on data collected through the RECOVR initiative. 
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
May 29, 2020
On May 28, IPA Ghana in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) convened the first in a series of workshops with key Early Childhood Education (ECE) stakeholders to share evidence and lessons learned from various ECE programs and identify strategies to inform contextually-relevant solutions for the implementation of the ECE programming in Ghana. IPA Ghana hosted this first workshop which focused on family and community engagement.
Webinar, Ghana
May 28, 2020
The Open Banking World Congress is the leading global forum to discuss innovations in open banking and open finance models across the globe. Open finance seeks to improve consumer control and use of their data, expand choice, and facilitate financial sector innovation. These models often allow consumers to access and share their personal and financial information from one provider with other service providers, and in some cases directly move their accounts to new providers. This panel explored how these models might improve financial and social inclusion for consumers in emerging markets, with perspectives from Kenya, Nigeria, and East Asia. IPA moderated the session and shared potential areas for research agendas to measure and maximize the value of open finance models.
Online, United Kingdom
May 13, 2020
On May 11, 2020, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) held a webinar titled “Increasing Handwashing Adherence: Lessons from Rigorous Evidence,” which covered evidence from rigorous research on increasing uptake of handwashing and on addressing the structural barriers people face that prevent them from washing their hands. Amy Pickering (Tufts University) and Robert Dreibelbis (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) presented, and Rachel Steinacher (IPA) hosted and moderated. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session, where the presenters discussed how the evidence can inform policy, particularly in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Webinar, United States
May 11, 2020
On April 30, IPA held a webinar titled From Research to Policy in Youth Employment: Rigorous Evidence from Randomized Evaluations, the first in a three-part webinar series on rigorous evidence in education, from preparing young adults for the workforce to early childhood education to school management.
Webinar, United States
April 30, 2020
In this webinar, researcher Jeremy Burke (University of Southern California), Jean Elias & Christel McDuffie (Consumer Education Services Inc.), and Kate Glynn-Broderick (Innovations for Poverty Action) shared their experience partnering on a randomized evaluation of adding encouragement messaging and debt reframing to a Debt Management Plan.
Webinar, United States
March 27, 2020
This workshop was organized by the Society for International Development Washington Chapter. Advancing women’s digital connectivity is key to promoting their empowerment in an increasingly digital world, but a digital divide is reinforcing, and even exacerbating, existing socioeconomic gaps between men and women. In this 3-person panel, IPA's Financial Inclusion Program Director, Rebecca Rouse reviewed preliminary results from an IPA study in the Dominican Republic looking at how women-specific credit scoring can be used to improve lending outcomes for low-income women borrowers. The panel also included presentations by representatives from Cell-Ed and USAID.    For more information on this event, please visit the event page here.
Washington, DC, United States
March 26, 2020