Media Coverage
December 20, 2019

Quartz interviews researcher Justin Sandefur about new results from Liberia's experiment having public schools run by eight private sector and non-profit school operators.

Mushfiq Mobarak presenting results
December 19, 2019

A long-time supporter of IPA recently gave me the gift of a very open-ended question—something along the lines of “So, how did things go this year?” As we close a very eventful 2019, it was refreshing to be able to recollect some highlights of IPA’s policy engagement around the world and reflect on what we’ve learned and where we’re going next on the second pillar of our strategic ambition: sharing evidence strategically.

(Since it’s just possible that you don’t have IPA’s strategic plan memorized as I do, I’ll just link you to Annie Duflo’s great post from last year, explaining how...

Media Coverage
December 18, 2019

Devex reports on the new results of a three-year randomized control trial conducted by IPA and the Center for Global Development evaluating the Liberian Education Advancement Partnership (LEAP), which piloted private school operators running government schools.

MineduLAB Peru
December 06, 2019

By Annie Chumpitaz Torres and Besnart Simunchembu Kangalu

Editor’s Note: Annie Chumpitaz Torres is Head of Monitoring and Strategic Evaluation at the Ministry of Education in Peru. Besnart Simunchembu Kangalu is Principal Planning and Policy Officer at the Ministry of General Education in Zambia. 

One of the more ambitious aspects of IPA’s 2025 Strategic Ambition was the goal to equip governments to leverage evidence for decision-making through the creation of Embedded Evidence Labs within the public sector. As IPA partners in the public sector, we have had an intimate view...

Media Coverage
November 25, 2019

L'Economiste du Faso covers an IPA co-hosted training on the evaluation of youth employment programs in the Sahel. IPA co-organized the training with the International Labour Organization (ILO), Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), and Luxembourg Aid and Development from November 18-19 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Media Coverage
November 22, 2019

Pan-African news magazine Jeune Afrique covers Projet Emploi Jeunes et Développement des Compétences (PEJEDEC), a youth apprenticeship program in Cote d’Ivoire. An evaluation of the program found that it increased youth participation in formal internships and participating firms hired more apprentices after the program was implemented.

Media Coverage
October 29, 2019

Writing in Forbes, Michael T. Nietzel argues in favor of problem-based learning as an educational approach. The op-ed cites a recent meta-analysis by Rosangela Bando, Paul Gertler, and Emma Naslund-Hadley of ten studies of problem-based learning in math and science instruction that finds significant positive impacts, several of which (listed below) were implemented by IPA in Peru and Paraguay. 

STARS program
September 27, 2019

By Shahana Hirji and Cynthia Bosumtwi-Sam


Scaling up an effective solution is often seen as the holy grail of the evidence movement—but figuring out how to get from a proof of concept to implementation at scale by a government is often an elusive goal.

At IPA, based on observing several successes (and many failures), we have learned that building government buy-in and ownership is key to reaching this goal. But building this type of ownership requires starting at the beginning and at times staying the course over (about) a decade. The principle of government ownership...

Media Coverage
July 25, 2019

The Dhaka Tribune recaps a roundtable in which IPA Bangladesh Country Director, Dr. Mohammad Ashraful Haque, presented baseline findings of a survey on adolescent well-being, assessing mental, physical, and sexual/reproductive health as well as educational and economic development. The survey also noted the role of violence in the everyday lives of Dhaka adolescents, finding: 68% of married adolescents experience intimate partner violence, 82% of adolescents report experiencing corporal punishment at school, and 62% of female caregivers use physical punishment to discipline underage family...

Media Coverage
June 20, 2019

Spain's El País covers a results dissemination event for an IPA evaluation of World Bicycle Relief's program providing bicycles to school girls in rural Zambia. Researcher Ana Garcia-Hernandez (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa) presented the preliminary results on key educational outcomes such as school attendance and performance, and measures of empowerment for girls in grades 5, 6, and 7.

Media Coverage
May 28, 2019

Ghana's Citi Newsroom covers a results dissemination event for an IPA study of a learning program focused on early childhood cognitive development.

Media Coverage
May 28, 2019

Researchers David Evans and Fei Yuan review evidence from around the world showing that there is no need to focus just on girls’ education. Most interventions that improve education for girls also help boys. They cite an IPA study in Kenya in which providing scholarships to high-performing sixth-grade girls helped classroom performance in general, not just for girls.

Media Coverage
May 28, 2019

Ghana Business News reports on an IPA evaluation of "Lively Minds", a play-based learning program designed to promote early childhood cognitive development for pre-school children in rural Ghana.

Media Coverage
January 28, 2019

Devex reports on Co-Impact's first round of grant awards, including a grant to scale-up Teaching at the Right Level, a collaboration between, IPA, J-PAL, Pratham, and a host of other governments and organizations to improve primary and remedial education beyond Zambia to across Africa.

Media Coverage
January 03, 2019

In a video for VoxDev, Corinne Low, an Assistant Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, highlights an IPA study she and a team of researchers conducted evaluating the impact of teaching teenage girls in Zambia negotiating skills to advocate for furthering their education.