Food security
July 10, 2020

By Charles Amoatey, Elliott Collins, and Madeleen Husselman

In March, Ghana, like much of the world, adopted social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Measures included the closings of schools and universities, suspension of gatherings of over 25 people, and partial lockdowns in major urban areas. 

So far, like most West African countries, Ghana has avoided the worst of the virus’s health toll. However, in low- and middle-income countries like Ghana, the pandemic’s socio-economic consequences may exceed the immediate health ones and even cost more lives....

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June 29, 2020


By Sarah Kabay, Olga Namen, and Stephanie Wu

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, over 188 countries instituted country-wide school closures. As a result, countless education systems and educators are trying to find alternatives to the classroom. At IPA, we support and partner with several Ministries of Education and have been looking for research and evidence that could help inform our partners during these challenges, the scope of which nobody's ever encountered before.

We started by asking ourselves, what exactly are we looking for? “Distance learning” is one of...

Media Coverage
June 25, 2020

Burkina Faso's L'Economiste Du Faso profiles an IPA study in Côte d’Ivoire with Guilherme Lichand and Sharon Wolf on using SMS messages to improve outcomes in education.

AeC Program
June 22, 2020

By Juan Manuel Hernández-Agramonte (IPA), Carolina Méndez (IDB), Olga Namen (IPA), Emma Näslund-Hadley (IDB), and Luciana Velarde (OSEE, Minedu)

Editor's note: This is a cross-post of a blog that originally appeared on IDB's blog page (in Spanish).


Most schools throughout Latin America have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the school closures, nearly 8 million Peruvian students, from preschool to high school, are stuck at home. Within a few weeks, the Ministry of Education (Minedu) developed the Aprendo en Casa (AeC) (meaning “Learn at Home”) strategy. And on...

MedGlobal volunteer in Colombia
June 17, 2020

“The government expects a presentation of the findings in nine days,” we heard over a video call from one of our in-country staff members in Mexico City. He was referring to the results of the RECOVR (Research for Effective COVID-19 Response) survey, an effort we started in April in order to put IPA’s expertise at policymakers’ disposal to support them in their pandemic response.

That moment struck us, as the urgency that was coming from our government partner is one we don’t usually hear. This was likely both the result of working on COVID-19 response, at a time in which...

IPA Côte d'Ivoire signs MoU with DGE
June 11, 2020

How do we ensure that people who already live hand to mouth aren’t starving during lockdown? Should we even lock down? Should we reopen businesses—and how? How do we do distance learning well? Are cash transfers helping people stay home? Who needs cash transfers the most? 

The policy-relevant research questions are innumerable, and the need for policy-relevant rigor has perhaps never been greater. But with over 23,000 scientific papers on COVID-19 coming out since January, we have to ask ourselves: is the research supply actually meeting the demand?  

IPA is building on...

Media Coverage
May 28, 2020

Local news outlet Frat Mat features results from an IPA study with Guilherme Lichand and Sharon Wolf on the impact of text and audio messages on student learning outcomes, parental engagement, and teacher professional outcomes in Côte d’Ivoire.

Media Coverage
March 17, 2020

Boris Bulayev, Meghan Mahoney, and Hannah Ornas of Uganda's Educate! program, which trains secondary school students in entrepreneurship and a range of soft-skills, write on the Brookings Institution's blog about their evaluation with IPA. The study found that female Educate! graduates were more likely to continue their education and to wait longer to start a family.

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.

Media Coverage
December 20, 2019

The Economist reports on three-year results of an RCT evaluating public-private partnerships of schools in Liberia and their impact on learning outcomes.

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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.