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
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
The Supreme Court of the Philippines invited IPA for a courtesy call with the newly appointed Chief Justice of the Philippines, Honorable Diosdado M. Peralta, to introduce IPA and to provide a briefing on the ongoing IPA Supreme Court engagement. Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez and Deputy Clerk of Court and Judicial Reform Program Administrator Attorney. Laura del Rosario was also in attendance. Country Director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri, Research Coordinator Heather Richmond, and researchers Aniceto Orbeta Vicente Paqueo presented on IPA, M&E engagement work, the research designs with preliminary findings, and opportunities for future work. IPA’s partnership with the Supreme Court of the Philippines includes impact evaluation research on three recent judicial reforms and M&E strengthening engagement with the Office of the Court Administrator and Program Management Office.
January 10, 2020
From January 6-31, IPA Francophone West Africa presented midline results of a Nutrition-Focused Livelihoods Program on Child Health and Nutrition in Burkina Faso in several workshops in Ouagadougou. Research Associate Aliou Diallo, Policy & Project Development Coordinator Arthur Sagot-Duvauroux, and researcher Andrew Dillon presented on the results.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
January 06, 2020 - January 31, 2020
On December 11th, IPA hosted a workshop to discuss promising approaches and interventions to address child stunting. This event took place as part of IPA's Consolidation Research Initiative, which aims to move evidence-based approaches to reduce child stunting from proof-of-concept to scalable programs and policies. For the workshop, IPA convened a small group of experts from a range of backgrounds, including academics and practitioners, to identify and discuss promising evidence-based approaches to prioritize for future research through the initiative. The workshop focused on approaches that already have evidence for their effectiveness and explore ways that they can be adapted to new contexts and implemented at larger scales.
Washington, DC, United States
December 11, 2019
On December 5, IPA, the Behavioral Government Lab (BGL), and CAF-Development Bank of Latin America co-hosted an academic and policy conference to explore the potential of the Behavioral Sciences to improve state capacity and public sector management in developing countries. The event aimed to contribute to the dissemination of lessons from behavioral economics among policymakers in Peru and, consequently, motivate collaborations between public institutions and academia, in order to design and provide socially beneficial policy innovations and public goods.
December 05, 2019
On December 3, IPA, the International Growth Centre (IGC), and Yale University’s Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE) hosted “Expanding the Evidence for Policy and Interventions in Cox’s Bazar,” a day-long policy workshop discussing research findings on the influx of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar and how evidence can inform programming and policy. The workshop was attended by over 90 policymakers and practitioners in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
December 03, 2019
From November 27-29, 2019, Education Evidence for Action (EE4A), a coalition of civil society organizations, academics, and government officials under the Ministry of Education (MoE), will host its biannual policy conference in Machakos, Kenya. EE4A has previously organized two policy conferences in 2015 and 2017, and its third conference in 2019 will serve as a proactive strategy to link education evidence to policy and action.
November 27, 2019 - November 29, 2019
On November 25, IPA Myanmar presented at a workshop discussing the findings from the Randomised Control Trial (RCT) of the Maternal and Child Cash Transfer (MCCT) program by Save the Children in Myanmar's Central Dry Zone. The event was organized by the LIFT Fund and provided an opportunity for key stakeholders working in support of government-led MCCT programs—including the Department of Socal Welfare, the National Nutrition Center, DFID, USAID, the World Bank, and UNICEF—to come together for a technical discussion in light of the recently published findings from the RCT of the MCCT programme led by IPA.
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
November 25, 2019
In this event, Esther Duflo will introduce "Good Economics for Hard Times", a new book co-authored with Abhijit Banerjee, where they draw on the best recent economics to demonstrate how to think about these problems differently, and present intelligent, daring solutions based on sound research into real-life situations , towards a society built on compassion and respect. About the Authors: Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
New York City, United States
November 25, 2019
On November 21, the Ministry of Women of Peru hosted a dissemination event where Ursula Aldana (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos) presented the design of “Leaders in Action” a program that trains local leaders to become community health volunteers and raise awareness of gender-based violence (GBV) in their villages, to a policy audience at the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP). The presentation also introduced the design of a new arm of the intervention based on group treatment in community meetings to discuss topics related to GBV. This arm will include a qualitative analysis of the study. The event was attended by high-level officials from Peru’s Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, including the Minister of Women, Gloria Montenegro, the Deputy Minister of Women, Patricia Garcés, as well as by different representatives from Peru’s Ministry of Women, the British Ambassador to Peru, Kate Harrison, and the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Gender and Diversity Division Chief Andrew Morrison.
November 21, 2019
On November 20-21, the Centro de Estudios Monetarios Lationamericanos (CEMLA) and Banco de México (Mexico's Central Bank) co-hosted the XI Conference of Financial Education and Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. The event convened representatives from education ministries, treasuries, banking regulators, commercial banks, multilateral organizations, and cooperation organizations in the hemisphere. The conference provided a space to analyze and discuss topics including "Creative and innovative initiatives to provide financial education" and "Technology and digital payments to promote financial inclusion: challenges for financial education and financial consumer protection" among others.
Mexico City, Mexico
November 20, 2019, November 21, 2019
On November 19, IPA Philippines participated and presented at the 8th Monitoring and Evaluation Network Forum organized by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). IPA Philippines Country Director, Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri, gave a presentation on evaluability assessments and was a panelist and reactor in a plenary session entitled: Ask Me Anything. IPA Philippines also presented on NEDA-UNDP funded assessments on the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) peacebuilding program and on the impact of the UNDP National Nutrition Program on early childhood nutrition. IPA consultant Ica Fernandez co-presented in a session for the PAMANA study and Senior M&E Associate Jed Dimaiisip-Nabuab presented on the nutrition study with the National Nutrition Council in attendance. The forum was attended by Planning and M&E officers from the three branches of government (Executive, Legislative and Judiciary) as well as M&E practitioners and advocates from all over the Philippines.
November 19, 2019