Media Coverage
August 02, 2022

The Conversation adapts a recent paper in Nature Human Behavior on research using mobile phones to improve education outcomes. The article notes IPA is supporting the testing and scaling-up of effective low-tech solutions (through Teaching at the Right Level and this study in Côte d’Ivoire).

Media Coverage
August 02, 2022

El Independiente highlights a recently piloted program in Paraguay based on an ongoing IPA study in Costa Rica using a robot to boost math and programming skills among preschool students. In this study, children aged 4-5 years are taught to program the robot by scanning a series of flashcards with instructions that use mathematical and numerical concepts. IPA will conduct monitoring and evaluation of a similar program in Paraguay in which 900 robots have been donated.

Media Coverage
April 28, 2022

The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Today features a study led by IPA-affiliated researcher Sharon Wolf that aims to use outreach to parents in rural Ghana (via text messages) to improve education quality and access for their children, particularly for girls. Among the study's takeaways, Wolf notes “I think if we could do mobile phone interventions the right way, it's a chance to really reach and offer certain services to families who can’t access them otherwise.”

Uganda classroom
November 02, 2021

 

Ten years ago, I was managing data collection for a randomized evaluation (RCT) in Ugandan primary schools, when a national newspaper reported on a discussion between two senior accounting officers for the country’s Universal Primary Education program. This discussion was “opening a new debate on the existence and gravity of ghosts.”

I was very familiar with ghosts. In school systems around the world, the term “ghost” is used to refer to pupils, teachers, and even schools that exist in records and data systems but not in reality. As many education systems provide funding...

Media Coverage
August 31, 2021

Zambia's news24 cites IPAs RECOVR survey of economic conditions in the country in coverage of factors affecting voters there.

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June 28, 2021

By Arja Dayal, Joe Gbasakollie, Madia Herring, Andreas Holzinger, Mark Jäger, Walker Higgins

Editor’s Note: In Liberia, IPA worked with the Ministry of Education to prepare for education reform in the country by developing learning assessments to help the Ministry measure to what extent children are learning and how their new programs are working. IPA partnered with the MoE to develop the first National Learning Assessment System (Policy and Framework) for primary grades, testing different possible assessment tools in a pilot study. Findings show a written assessment model that is...

Media Coverage
April 30, 2021

The BBC People Fixing the World podcast goes to Zambia (Apple) for an in-depth look into World Bicycle Relief's work on making bicycles available in rural areas. Along the way, they talk to researcher Ana Garcia Hernandez about her RCT with IPA and others on the benefits of giving bikes to girls to help them get to school. 

Rwanda RECOVR Survey timeline
April 20, 2021

As part of IPA’s ongoing RECOVR survey, we recently held a webinar with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network highlighting key results of the second round of the surveys in Zambia and Rwanda. This blog post summarizes the main findings of the survey in Rwanda and policy recommendations. Click here for the blog for Zambia.

In both countries, there are pockets of progress with continued adherence to certain virus mitigation measures and promising acceptance rates for vaccinations. Education remains a key concern for parents of learners, with the prospect of potential learning losses....

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Oswaldo Molina, Christopher Neilson, Francisco Gallego
March 17, 2021

A still from the telenovela “Decidiendo para un Futuro Mejor” (Choosing a Better Future).


In late 2020, as part of Peru’s national mobilization for educational continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s Ministry of Education started airing episodes of a telanovela “Decidiendo para un Futuro Mejor” (Choosing a Better Future), on national TV, embedded in the remote education lessons. But the telanovela was a little unusual—it was conceived and tested by researchers Oswaldo Molina, Christopher Neilson, and Francisco Gallego, with the Ministry’s in-house lab,...

Mariel, Laura, Annie
March 10, 2021

To mark the occasion of International Women's Day, IPA presents the second of three blog posts this week interviewing female policymakers we've worked with in different countries around the world. They told us about their experiences working in government and promoting a culture of evidence-based policymaking within their institutions, how the COVID-19 pandemic changed their work, and what long-term impacts they hope to achieve in the sectors in which they work. See the first blog post here and the second post here.

Mariel Bayangos, Division Chief- Planning Service, Policy Research and...
Damaris and Besnart
March 09, 2021

To mark the occasion of International Women's Day, IPA presents the second of three blog posts this week interviewing female policymakers we've worked with in different countries around the world. They told us about their experiences working in government and promoting a culture of evidence-based policymaking within their institutions, how the COVID-19 pandemic changed their work, and what long-term impacts they hope to achieve in the sectors in which they work. See the first blog post here.

Dr. Damaris Parsitau, Founder and Director, Let Maasai Girls Learn, Kenya

Dr. Damaris...

Olga and Hilda
March 08, 2021

To mark the occasion of International Women's Day, IPA presents the first of three posts this week interviewing female policymakers we've worked with in different countries around the world. They told us about their experiences working in government and promoting a culture of evidence-based policymaking within their institutions, how the COVID-19 pandemic changed their work, and what long-term impacts they hope to achieve in the sectors in which they work.

Olga Lucia Romero, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, Department of National Planning, Colombia

As head of the DNP’s...

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February 24, 2021

Editor’s note: For the first time, Sesame Workshop unveiled two new Muppet characters designed to resonate with Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh as part of its Play to Learn program with the LEGO Foundation, BRAC, and the International Rescue Committee. It made news on NBC’s Today Show, the New York Times, BBC, and elsewhere.

You can see the NBC News video below. We spoke with Sneha Subramanian of IPA Bangladesh about IPA’s role in research behind the twin characters, Noor and Aziz.

Can you describe the research behind the new Muppets?

In late 2019 and early...

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February 04, 2021

In July 2020, we highlighted Sierra Leone’s experience confronting COVID-19 from the vantage point of a fragile state—one that lived through civil war and, more recently, another acute public health crisis with Ebola in 2014, as well as a damaging mudslide in Freetown in 2017. Drawing on lessons learned from Ebola, Sierra Leone moved to close schools at the end of March, instituted a series of lockdowns in April and May, closed land borders for several months, and instituted a national mask mandate beginning in June. The government also prioritized more community-focused, tailored...

Bangladesh masks study
January 28, 2021

A research project we couldn't have anticipated a year ago is looking at how to encourage community mask use in Bangladesh. Credit: Abu Raihan, Innovations for Poverty Action


There is no need to expand on why 2020 was a challenging year, and how scary the beginning of 2021 was. And there are certainly many difficult months (even years) ahead of us in managing this pandemic. Yet despite everything that 2020 (and now 2021) has thrown at us at IPA, we have seen how resilient our community of staff, partners, funders, and researchers has been, coming together to leverage...

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