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CREDIT: 
Kim Smith
Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have grown in popularity among for-profit and not-for-profit financial service providers alike, due to their accuracy in evaluating both bottom-line and social mission impacts. But many organizations struggle to understand exactly what RCTs are, and how to begin using RCTs for decision-making. 
2-3 PM, EST, United States
November 05, 2015
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On Tuesday November 3, 2015, IPA Peru, J-PAL LAC, the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Program at IPA, the Ministry of Production, the National Society of Industries of Peru (SNI) and COPEME, co-organized the Conference and Matchmaking Event "Evidence for the development of small and medium enterprises” in Lima, Peru.
Lima, Peru
November 03, 2015
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El martes 3 de noviembre de 2015, IPA Perú, J-PAL LAC, el Ministerio de la Producción (PRODUCE), la Sociedad Nacional de Industrias (SNI) y Consorcio de Organizaciones Privadas de Promoción al Desarrollo de la Micro y pequeña Empresa (COPEME), coorganizaron la Conferencia y Taller de Colaboración “Evidencia para el desarrollo de la pequeña y mediana empresa” en Lima, Perú, en el marco del Programa
Lima, Peru
November 03, 2015
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Zahra Niazi presents on using RCTs to improve financial product design
CREDIT: 
Pooja Wagh
On October 29th, Zahra Niazi and Pooja Wagh from IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program hosted a workshop on using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to improve financial product design at the 2015 Asia Pacific Financial Inclusion Summit. The workshop provided attendees with real-world examples of how RCTs can produce rigorous evidence to improve financial product design.
Manila, Philippines
October 29, 2015
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Anna Segura presents on microfinance evidence to students at Universidad del Norte in Colombia
CREDIT: 
Sebastian Chaskel
On October 23rd, Anna Segura, Research Associate with the IPA Colombia office, presented at the Universidad del Norte, about IPA's microfinance evaluation, and the flexible credit evaluation that is being implemented in Barranquilla. The presentation was part of a seminar series hosted by the Institute of Economic Studies of the Caribbean (Instituto de Estudios Económicos del Caribe –IEEC).
Barranquilla, Colombia
October 23, 2015
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On Wednesday October 14, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and the Inter-American Bank of Development (IADB), the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD) and the Universida
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
October 14, 2015
Pascaline Dupas (Stanford; Co-Chair, J-PAL’s Health Sector, CEGA and IPA affiliate) and IPA, in collaboration with the World Bank and Ghana’s Ministry of Education (MoE), presented preliminary results from the Ghana Secondary Education Program. This ongoing study is investigating the impact of secondary school scholarships on enrollment and completion, as well as later life outcomes.
Accra, Ghana
September 17, 2015
Sneha Stephen (Program Coordinator, IPA) gave a presentation and participated in a panel on “Preventing crises and addressing over-indebtedness through responsible finance” at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management’s 14th University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Workshop on Responsible Inclusive Finance.
Frankfurt, Germany
September 14, 2015
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The advent of digital finance has brought with it the opportunity to include those without full access to formal financial services. However, increased access to and use of digital financial services, for all its benefits, does not come without risks, which are crucial to address if financial services are to enhance consumer well-being.
Antalya, Turkey
September 07, 2015 - September 09, 2015
Emily Cupito (Policy Manager, J-PAL Africa) presented lessons from randomized evaluations of targeted instruction programs to a working group on catch-up programs in Lusaka, Zambia. The Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training, and Early Education in Zambia chaired the meeting and several partners, including IPA Zambia, participated.
Lusaka, Zambia
September 07, 2015
Francis Meyo
Francis Meyo, Policy Coordinator for IPA Kenya, will be presenting on the Rural Electric Power Project (REPP) and how that informs the Kenyan Government’s Last Mile Connectivity Project to a gathering of major East African utilities providers and the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. The goal of the event is to hear from industry leaders and decision-makers to source innovative solutions to energy supply problems in Eastern Africa.
Nairobi, Kenya
August 27, 2015 - August 28, 2015
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Innovations for Poverty Action Zambia (IPA) partnered with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab for Africa (J-PAL) and the University of Zambia (UNZA) to hold a four day impact evaluation course from 24-27 August 2015. The course included two streams: a policymaker stream and a researcher stream. The researcher stream focused on the benefits and methods of randomisation, choosing an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of experiments.
Lusaka, Zambia
August 24, 2015 - August 27, 2015
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IPA FWA team holds a seminar at the University of Ouagadougou
CREDIT: 
Estelle Plat
The IPA Francophone West Africa team organized a seminar at the University of Ouagadougou. Some 40 attendants actively participated to the meeting and speakers were challenged with interesting questions. Research Associate Alassane Koulibaly moderated the seminar with great professionalism.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
July 30, 2015
On Thursday July 30, CESED at Los Andes University, IPA Colombia and J-PAL LAC, will co-organize the conference “Public Policy in Post-Conflict: In the search for effective solutions” in Bogotá, Colombia.   The event will gather policymakers, researchers and civil society to discuss proven interventions in contexts of conflict and post-conflict and how lessons from these experiences can be incorporated into policy.  
Bogotá, Colombia
July 29, 2015
IPA Philippines hosted a two day training workshop on Impact Evaluation with the Department of Education from July 28 to 29, 2015. The training workshop was attended by various divisions under the Department of Education and Education partner organizations such as the Early Childhood Care and Development Council, Technical Institute for Women in Cebu, Dynamic Teen Corporation and Porticus Asia. Prathap Kasina, Maya Escueta (JPAL SA), Dr.
Manila, Philippines
July 28, 2015 - July 29, 2015

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