February 28, 2022
Media Coverage
Smithsonian Magazine's science section makes the case for wearing surgical masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. The article references IPA research in Bangladesh, which it calls one of the most convincing studies supporting the effectiveness of surgical mask use.
January 13, 2022
Media Coverage
In an article about effective mask use as Omicron continues to spread, International Business Times cites an IPA study in Bangladesh which "found that surgical masks were 95% better at filtering out virus particles compared to cloth masks, which only filtered 37% of infectious particles."
January 13, 2022
Media Coverage
Imran Matin writes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review about evidence on the impact of "cash plus" programs, including two IPA studies on Ultra-Poor Graduation programs in Ghana and Uganda.
January 13, 2022
Media Coverage
An article from T the Yale School of Management covers the expansion of efforts, originating an IPA study in Bangladesh to boost community mask-wearing through a four-part behavioral intervention. Several million dollars of new grants, based on the strength of the findings, are being used to...
January 11, 2022
Media Coverage
A Vox article offers a comprehensive review of the issues brought up by funder GiveWell's decision to hold back on some planned donations with the expectation of finding more effective causes to support next year. In it, IPA's Chief Research & Policy Officer, Radha Rajkotia, calls for an...
December 03, 2021
Media Coverage
UCLA's news section features insights from Graeme Blair, Jeremy Weinstein, and Fotini Christia on their collective research in several countries which found community policing did little to improve citizens’ trust in law enforcement.
December 01, 2021
Media Coverage
A New York Times article on the state of continuing mask use cites an IPA study in Bangladesh that found supporting community mask-wearing reduced COVID-19 cases.
December 01, 2021
Media Coverage
The news outlet Nation reports on an IPA study with the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) and Financial Sector Deepening (FSD-Kenya) on barriers to digital credit such as loan pricing.
December 01, 2021
Media Coverage
The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Today covers the results of a paper in Science on evaluations of community policing practices in several countries, including an IPA study in Uganda. This article interviews researchers Guy Grossman and Dorothy Kronick on the findings.
December 01, 2021
Media Coverage
The Probable Causation podcast interviews researcher Santiago Tobón about new findings of an IPA study on gang governance in Medellín, Colombia. They discuss the multi-method approach integrating qualitative research in prisons, and how states and gangs react to one another.
November 30, 2021
Media Coverage
Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies news section interviews Graeme Blair, Jeremy Weinstein, and Fotini Christia on their recent paper in Science which found limited positive results of community policing practices in several low- and middle-income countries.
October 29, 2021
Media Coverage
CNBC cites IPA research in an article on why surgical masks work better than cloth masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
October 29, 2021
Media Coverage
Consumer Reports includes an IPA study in Bangladesh among research demonstrating surgical masks as more effective for COVID-19 protection.
October 29, 2021
Media Coverage
The Atlantic references an IPA study in Bangladesh, "considered one of the most rigorous to date to tackle masking," in an article on the effectiveness of surgical masks compared to cloth masks in preventing COVID-19.
October 12, 2021
Press Release
Washington, DC—Demobilized Boko Haram militants facing reintegration might be helped by supportive messaging from religious leaders, according to a study released today. The study, conducted in northeastern Nigeria, where Boko Haram is estimated to have killed tens of thousands and displaced...
October 06, 2021
Press Release
October 2021. JAKARTA, INDONESIA — A new survey from Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Indonesia shows that despite ambitions for growth, women-owned micro, small, and medium enterprises face significant barriers in accessing financial services, especially credit. Researchers conducted phone...
September 30, 2021
Media Coverage
NBC News highlights IPA's large-scale study on mask-wearing in Bangladesh that points to the importance of masks in reducing COVID-19 infections.
September 30, 2021
Media Coverage
The Economist features a study in Bangladesh on the impact of promoting and facilitating mask-wearing to prevent transmission of COVID-19. In this program, increased mask use (particularly of surgical masks) reduced symptomatic infections. Similar interventions are being scaled up across South Asia...
September 30, 2021
Media Coverage
Researchers Jason Abaluck, Laura H. Kwong, and Stephen P. Luby write in The New York Times on what a study in Bangladesh affirms about the importance of wearing masks to prevent COVID-19.
September 30, 2021
Media Coverage
In The Washington Post, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Ashley Styczynski, and Heidi McAnnally-Linz describe the research and findings of the first large-scale study on mask-wearing and what it can teach us about curbing the global spread of COVID-19.

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