Development Impact West Africa (DIWA), a partnership between the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), organized an impact evaluation training and matchmaking workshop in Accra, Ghana. This three-day workshop convened U.S. and Ghanaian academics and Ghanaian policymakers to seek three-way research collaborations on priority questions. IPA facilitated two sessions during this event on "Implementing an Impact Evaluation in the Field" and "How to Collect High-Quality Data."
March 24, 2020 - March 27, 2020
From March 10-14, The Yangon University of Economics (YUE), the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) – International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Duke University (DU), and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) are jointly organizing a workshop on “Environmental and Natural Resource Economics” in Myanmar.
March 10, 2020 - March 14, 2020
The Novartis Access Program conducted workshops at the county level aimed at sharing the preliminary study results with the county health officials and to engage them in discussions that facilitated the interpretation and contextualization of the study findings. These workshops targeted eight counties of Kenya where the study was conducted i.e. Kakamega, Samburu, Kwale, Nyeri, Embu, Narok, West Pokot, and Makueni, and culminated into the main study results dissemination event to be held in late April
Nyeri, Kakamega, Narok, and Kwale counties, Kenya
March 10, 2020 - March 13, 2020
From March 3-5, IPA Philippines and Australia National University (ANU) co-hosted three introductory impact evaluation workshops in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The workshops aimed to inform audiences from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (on March 3); international organizations, NGOs and think tanks (on March 4); and Papua New Guinea government officials (on March 5). The overall objective of these workshops was to introduce impact evaluation processes and methods, with a focus on randomized evaluations, encouraging increased use of rigorous evidence in development policymaking and programming in Papua New Guinea. Speakers for all three workshops included Peter Srouji and Yuna Liang (IPA), Farah Amalia (J-PAL), and Luke McKenzie (ANU)
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
March 03, 2020 - March 05, 2020
IPA Presents at Workshop on Partnerships for Impact Evaluations of Youth Employment Projects in the Sahel
This workshop was organized by the Decent Jobs for Youth initiative in partnership with IPA, l’Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The aim of this workshop was to increase the quality of robust evidence on what works concerning youth employment projects in the Sahel region. The science behind impact evaluations is key in creating more robust evidence. The objective of this workshop was to create space for preselected organizations to refine their impact evaluation proposals with advice from sector experts.
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
March 03, 2020 - March 05, 2020
On February 19, IPA Myanmar Country Director, Ricardo Morel presented results of a study on maternal and child cash transfers (MCCT) at a stakeholder workshop in Yangon. The workshop was organized by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) for government representatives, donors, and partners to discuss approaches to social and behavioral change communication (SBCC), specifically linked to MCCT to contribute to shared learning and collaboration to inform policy and implementation. The event provided an opportunity to review some of the recent evidence from Myanmar which shows the impact that a combined package of MCCT and SBCC can have on nutrition outcomes. LIFT also shared the findings of a collaborative review that looks at the different modalities for SBCC and what the implications are for supporting a sustainable and Government-led approach. The event's presentations, panel, plenary discussions brought together key SBCC and MCCT stakeholders working in support of government-led MCCT-SBCC programs for technical discussions to inform policy and programming.
February 19, 2020
On February 18, IPA, Fundación Capital and the Centro de Investigación de la Universidad del Pacífico will co-host a three-part event featuring results from a randomized evaluation of Fundacion Capital's LISTA para ahorrar Program.
February 18, 2020
On February 14, IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo spoke on a panel with Charles Bresler (The Live You Can Save) and Lucia Tian (ACLU) at the Yale Philanthropy Conference. The conference theme was "Data-Driven Impact: Evidence-Based Approaches to Improve Outcomes" and focused on how organizations like IPA are using evidence to ensure that programs and policies aimed at bettering the lives of others are more impactful.
New Haven, United States
February 14, 2020
On February 12, IPA Francophone West Africa presented midline results of a Nutrition-Focused Livelihoods Program on Child Health and Nutrition in during an impact evaluation workshop at the European Union in Brussels. Policy & Project Development Coordinator Arthur Sagot-Duvauroux, researcher Andrew Dillon, and Regional Director Claudia Casarotto presented on the results.
February 12, 2020
IPA Philippines Country Director, Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri, presented at a knowledge-sharing forum on the Philippines' K-12 education curriculum organized by the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) and the Senate Economic Planning Office (SEPO). The two events were conducted in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), with high-level presenters from the Department of Education and the Asian Development Bank. On January 29, a forum was held at the House of Representatives in Quezon City attended by legislators of the lower house. On February 6, a second forum was held in the Philippine Senate in Pasay City attended by senators of the Philippines as well as the National Economic Development Authority. These two events are part of a series of knowledge-sharing forums to discuss the need for and the design of a National Evaluation Policy to be passed by the House of Representatives and the Philippines' Senate.
January 29, 2020, February 06, 2020
On February 4, the Vice-Presidency of the Dominican Republic through the Cabinet for Coordination for Social Policy (GCPS), celebrated the first "Forum for the Design of Public Policy Based on Evidence." The event gathered policymakers in the social protection sector and aimed to identify areas of research needs within six broad policy areas: education, early childhood development, health, intimate partner violence, financial inclusion, and youth employment.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
February 04, 2020
IPA Peru, Erica Field (Duke University), and Ursula Aldana (Institute of Peruvian Studies) met with the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, Patricia Carolina Rosa Garcés Peralta, to discuss the results of a pilot of group sessions focusing on domestic violence in rural areas in Peru. In cooperation with the UK Embassy, Duke University, and the Institute of Peruvian Studies, IPA is running a qualitative evaluation of a community-level prevention campaign consisting of gender-segregated group sessions for adults to discuss gender inequality, women’s empowerment, domestic violence, and family relationships. The meeting was followed by a field visit to observe female and male sessions in the San Martin district.
Armayari and Lima, Peru
January 30, 2020 - February 01, 2020
IPA Webcast: The Skills We Really Need: The Impacts of The Educate! Experience, a Skills-Based Education Program for Secondary School Students in Uganda
On January 16, 2020, IPA hosted an interactive webinar on "The Skills We Really Need: The Impacts of a Soft Skills and Entrepreneurship Program for Secondary School Students in Uganda." In this webinar, Laura Chioda (World Bank) and Paul Gertler (University of California, Berkeley) presented on the 4-year findings from a randomized evaluation in Uganda of the Educate! Experience program, a social leadership and entrepreneurship skill development program targeting students during the last two years of secondary school. Meghan Mahoney and Hawah Nabbuye (Educate!) presented on the program and Educate!’s motivation for the evaluation, and Heidi McAnnally-Linz (IPA) moderated a discussion and Q&A following the presentations.
Webinar, United States
January 16, 2020
On January 15, IPA Peru Deputy Country Director, Sergio de Marco presented on "Effective Approaches to Improve Financial Inclusion in Vulnerable Groups" at a workshop co-organized by the World Bank and Peru's Comisión Multisectorial de Inclusión Financiera. The objective of this workshop was to share best practices and recent evidence related to interventions aimed at improving the financial inclusion of vulnerable groups and to deepen the discussion on effective public policies. La Política Nacional de Inclusión Financiera reconoce la importancia de incorporar en un sistema financiero formal a los grupos vulnerables del país a fin de mejorar su bienestar económico a través de los beneficios que genera dicha inclusión. El objetivo de este taller es presentar buenas prácticas y evidencia reciente relacionada a la implementación de acciones clave para la inclusión financiera de grupos vulnerables a fin de enriquecer la discusión en torno al desarrollo de políticas públicas efectivas.
January 15, 2020