Partnering with governments on research projects is a great way to ensure buy-in to rigorous research from policymakers, but it comes with a unique challenge: those policymakers can change due to political transition or staff turnover in the middle of a study. When that happens, what does that mean for the research? Months of organizational planning typically go into a research project, and the prospect of blowing it up and doing something new can be daunting. In this blog post, we discuss IPA Mexico’s experience working through a political transition and what it’s taught us about how to...
Researchers Doug Parkerson (IPA), Pia Raffler (Harvard University), and Daniel Posner (UCLA) write in VoxDev on an evaluation of Uganda's Accountability Can Transform (ACT) Health program, which mobilizes community members to monitor healthcare service delivery. The study found that while this participatory approach marginally improved the delivery of healthcare services, its effects have significant limitations.
In light of the increased role of media in India's 2019 Lok Sabha elections, J-PAL South Asia's Vidita Priyadarshini and Shagun Sabarwal write about what research in the U.S. and Sierra Leone reveals about the impact of media on voter behavior.
Livemint reviews the state of women's representation in India's government, with reference to IPA's study that found increased female representation in local government led to increased investment in public goods.
BloombergQuint writes on the need for greater political representation of women in India, in the context of the country's 2019 general elections in April. The article highlights an IPA study on the impact of mandating representation of women in village councils on the provision of social goods.
In an op-ed for El Comercio, Oswaldo Molina writes on IPA research conducted by Andrew Dustan, Stanislao Moldonado, and Juan Manuel Hernandez-Agramonte evaluating the impact of behavioral nudges to improve the performance of public officials.
The Diplomat writes on the lack of political representation of women in India, highlighting IPA research on the impact of mandating representation of women in village councils on the provision of social goods.
Devex reports on the Governance, Conflict, and Crime Initiative (GCCI), a joint IPA and J-PAL initiative that was granted funding through the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). GCCI's goal is to support RCTs piloted through IPA and J-PAL to generate much-needed evidence on solutions to conflict and corruption, particularly in fragile states. Devex outlines some of these pilot evaluations and key takeaways from a London event in early June.
Burkina Faso's L'Economiste features an article about a study done by Malte Lierl and IPA Burkina Faso evaluating the effect of local elections on corruption, social norms, and civic enagement. (Note: in French).
In the Christian Science Monitor, Daniel Grossman explores strategies scientists are pursuing to prevent deforestation and preserve forests' natural ability to sequester carbon and slow the effects of climate change. Grossman interviews Seema Jayachandran about study with IPA showing that paying landowners in Uganda not to cut down endangered trees on their land reduced deforestation.
NPR's Goats and Soda reports on an IPA Uganda study evaluating the effectiveness of a payments for ecosystem services (PES) program, in which Ugandan landowners were paid to not cut forest trees on their property. Seema Jayachandran, the lead author of the study, and Kelsey Jack, an assistant professor in economics at Tufts University, weigh in on the results of the evaluation.
AFP News covers an IPA Uganda study evaluating the effectiveness of a payments for ecosystem services (PES) program, in which Ugandan landowners were paid to not cut forest trees on their property. Seema Jayachandran, the lead author of the study, and Annie Duflo, Executive Director of IPA, reflect on the results of the evaluation.
Hear researcher Santiago Tobón on Colombia’s Caracol Radio discussing new findings on crime reduction at the link below. [In Spanish]
Escucha al investigador Santiago Tobón en Caracol Radio de Colombia, discutiendo los resultados sobre reduccion de cimen en el enlace de abajo.
Colombia’s largest newspaper, El Tiempo, reports on an IPA study in Bogotá. The study is the largest RCT of its kind, and shows that hotspot policing and municipal services can reduce crime. [In Spanish]
El periódico más grande de Colombia, El Tiempo, informa sobre una evaluación de IPA en Bogotá. La investigación es la evaluación aleatorizada más grande de este tema, y muestra que es posible que patrullaje policial y servicios municipales concentrado en zonas críticas pueda reducir crimen.
RCN radio reports on our new results from Colombia on reductions in crime from hotspot policing and municipal services. [In Spanish]
Radio RCN informa sobre nuestros resultados nuevos desde Colombia sobre reducciones en crimen debidas a intensificación en patrullaje policial y recolección de basuras e iluminación.