Media Coverage
April 05, 2017

GhanaWeb has a recap of the recent large Ghana Education Evidence Summit, where a number of stakeholders gathered to discuss evidence-based education solutions. Read the full article below, or find more about the conference here.

Media Coverage
March 27, 2017

The U.S. News & World Report discusses IPA's behavioral science research and RCT studies that are being conducted throughout Kenya. From the article:

Thanks to IPA and outfits like it, the next frontier for nudge theory is being developed in the developing world itself. The epicenter is Kenya – a country with relatively robust infrastructure that serves as a regional hub for international agencies and technology start-ups.

January 25, 2017

By Mauricio Romero, Justin Sandefur and Wayne Aaron Sandholtz

Editor’s note: This cross-post originally appeared on the Center for Global Development blog

We respond to critics of our evaluation of Liberia’s “partnership” school program, distinguishing legitimate concerns about the charter-style program itself—which can be turned into testable hypotheses—from methodological limitations to what an impact evaluation can show.

The three of us are running a randomized control trial of the "Partnership Schools for Liberia" (PSL) program, which is President Ellen Johnson...

Media Coverage
January 01, 2017

IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo and Senior Policy Communications Associate Jeff Mosenkis write about our work in The Washington Post. Arguing against prevailing views that the world is getting worse, they show that many measures of poverty have been improving, and cite four recent areas where we've learned what works. Read the full piece from the link below.

Isaac Mbiti, Karthik Muralidharan
December 20, 2016

Twaweza’s per-student grant direct disbursements and advocacy contributed to Tanzanian government’s decision to send education funds directly to schools.  


Educational outcomes remain poor in East Africa despite a decade of reforms and new investments. There is a growing body of research that suggests these low levels of learning are driven in part by the limited accountability in the education system. Performance-based teacher incentives could potentially address the learning crisis by better motivating teachers, and also re-orienting the focus of the education system...

Matthew Jukes
October 27, 2016

The Health and Literacy Intervention (HALI) project replaced expensive in-person coaching with text messages and found that they effectively supported teachers in improving their pedagogy, helped children learn to read, and reduced dropout by 50 percent (full study summary here, paper here).

For some, text messages are merely a tool for undermining children’s ability to spell. But could they also help children to read in parts of the world where this help is needed most? And in doing so, could text messages address one of the toughest challenges in education worldwide - c l8tr 4...

Media Coverage
September 21, 2016

IPA researcher Sharon Wolf, whose research with IPA involves improving early childhood education Ghana and Kenya, is profiled by the University of Pennsylvania.

Media Coverage
September 09, 2016

There are many stories about why children fail to enter, attend, or complete schooling, in places like Liberia. Tricia Koroknay-Palicz examines this issue through an impact evaluation of the International Rescue Committee’s Sisters of Success (SOS) program, in Monrovia Liberia.

Media Coverage
September 08, 2016

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs website has a feature story on IPA Researcher Christopher Neilson (Princeton University) and his work on the Peruvian MineduLAB, a new lab for education policy housed within a governmental ministry, together with IPA and J-PAL.

Media Coverage
August 26, 2016

In the Huffington Post, Susannah Hares speaks with researcher Justin Sandefur about IPA's evaluation of a pilot program that contracting management of some public schools in Liberia to private operators. Read more about the preliminary results from this evaluation here.

August 18, 2016


Ghana Education Evidence Summit
 “Towards Quality Education in Ghana: Using Evidence to Achieve Better Learning Outcomes”
28 March 2017
Call for Papers Announcement


Better utilization of evidence in policy and practice can improve learning outcomes.

In the last decade, rigorous field research has yielded a number of important lessons on how to improve learning outcomes. However, existing evidence and its implications for policy decisions are not always readily known among policymakers and practitioners. Meaningful engagement...

July 26, 2016

By Arthur Sagot-Duvauroux

It takes time for an organization to influence policy decisions. It requires rigorous work to be trusted as a professional and high-quality organization. Relationships need to be established and expanded to the point that decision makers listen and solicit your opinion.

How can you secure such relationships when in just over a year the country goes through a popular uprising, a transitional government, a coup d’état, and democratic elections?

On October 2014, a popular uprising broke out in Burkina Faso, forcing M. Blaise Compaore to resign...

Media Coverage
June 30, 2016

New Times reports on the spread of skills-based and entrepreneurship education promotion in Rwanda, based on the work of IPA and other organizations there.

Media Coverage
June 14, 2016

In a New York Times Fixes column, Tina Rosenberg mentions an IPA evaluation on outsourcing in Liberian schools. Learn more about the preliminary results after one year here.

Media Coverage
May 18, 2016

A new analysis by economists from Duke University, and MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab examines various strategies to prevent child marriages. It finds that providing financial incentives to delay marriage is most effective.