Media Coverage
July 24, 2018

The Manilla Bulletin reports on the new "Research O'Clock" partnership between IPA and the Philippines Department of Education, which will serve as a forum for engaging the education sector and sharing the latest evidence for effective learning.

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James Habyarimana, William Jack
July 02, 2018

Co-written with Alejandra Martinez

In this post, we feature an interview with James Habyarimana, Associate Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, and William Jack, Vice Provost of Research and Director of gui2de, both at Georgetown University. They conducted a field experiment in Kenya to test whether access to a mobile bank account or a restricted, goal-based account (i.e commitment savings account – which encouraged users to hold onto the money until school expenses were due) could help parents save for their children’s education expenses. Here, they both share...

Media Coverage
June 29, 2018

National Public Radio's podcast Rough Translation goes to Ghana to explore IPA's work on improving the early childhood education system there. Researcher Sharon Wolf explains the unexpected barrier the data showed. (web audio, iTunes version, and written article)

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Sharon Wolf, Jere R. Behrman, J. Lawrence Aber
June 22, 2018

Editor's note: This cross-posting appeared originally on the BOLD blog. 

What happens when parents push back on efforts to improve preschool quality? My colleagues and I stumbled across this issue while conducting research in Ghana.

Ghana has been a pioneer in expanding children’s access to preschool—or what Ghanaians refer to as kindergarten. In 2007, the government introduced two years of kindergarten (for 4- and 5-year-olds) as part of the free, universal, basic education system. As a result, Ghana now has some of the highest enrollment rates on the continent (...

Media Coverage
May 30, 2018

NPR's Morning Edition reports on IPA's research on improving the way early childhood educators in Ghana teach. Hear from University of Pennsylvania researcher Sharon Wolf about the unexpected barriers revealed by the data, and learn more about the study's design and findings here.

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Sharon Wolf, J. Lawrence Aber
April 27, 2018

 

Professors Sharon Wolf of the University of Pennsylvania and Larry Aber of New York University spoke to an audience in New York about their studies with IPA in Ghana on improving the country's early childhood education system. IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo them and spoke about the importance of relationship building in research and policy engagement, reflecting specifically on working with Ghana's Ministry of Education. Read more about the studies here and here, and listen to the audio or download below.

 

 

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Matthew Jukes, Margaret (Peggy) Dubeck, Elizabeth Turner, Hellen Inyega, Elizabeth Adelman, Katherine Halliday, Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski, Sharon Wolf, Simon Brooker
April 03, 2018

Editor's note: this is a cross-posting with the RTI blog.

 

Context, mechanisms, and outcomes of the HALI literacy intervention  

If the word “science” in the term “social science” means what I think it means, we social scientists should be in the business of developing models for how we think the world works, testing them with data, and refining them. But the slew of results from impact evaluations in international education frequently feels like a catalogue (if we’re lucky, a meta-analysis) of effect sizes, not a genuine attempt to understand the phenomena we study. To...

Media Coverage
January 22, 2018

Last year, IPA published midline results for a study of Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL), a program that outsources the management of certain schools in Liberia to private operators. In an op-ed for BBC, David Laws—a former education minister in the United Kingdom and an advisor to Liberia's government for the PSL project—reflects on the findings. 

Media Coverage
January 20, 2018

In an op-ed in the Daily Nation, IPA Kenya Country Director Suleiman Asman and IPA Associate Director of Policy & Communications Heidi McAnnally-Linz discuss IPA's extensive breadth of work in Kenya to date and the opportunities for rigorous evidence to inform the country's education policies and improve student learning outcomes. 

Media Coverage
December 27, 2017

In an article originally published in The Citizen (Tanzania) and republished by AllAfrica, Louis Kolumbia cites an IPA study showing that providing financial incentives to teachers for student performance (in addition to providing grants to schools based on the number of students enrolled) improved learning outcomes for students. 

Media Coverage
December 27, 2017

IPA's evaluation of Making Ghanaian Girls Great (MGCubed), a program of satellite-transmitted classes for pupils in rural Ghana, is mentioned in this News Ghana report about the Varkey Foundation's plans to invest further in the program.

Media Coverage
November 10, 2017

The Economist covers the preliminary results of an IPA evaluation on outsourcing in Liberian schools. Learn more about the preliminary results here.

Media Coverage
November 10, 2017

Devex recently discussed the preliminary results of IPA's evaluation of a program that outsources the management of certain schools in Liberia to private operators. Read more about those preliminary results here.

Media Coverage
October 30, 2017

The preliminary results of an IPA study on the effectiveness of an employment program for students in the Philippines were covered by the Business Mirror (Philippines). 

Media Coverage
October 23, 2017

ABC (Paraguay) covers Math in My School, an evaluation done by IPA in Paraguay. Read the article here, and read more about how Paraguay's government is scaling the initiative. 

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