Sierra Leone surveyors
Oeindrila Dube, Darin Christensen, Johannes Haushofer, Bilal Siddiqi, Maarten Voors
March 31, 2020

Darin Christensen, Oeindrila Dube, Johannes Haushofer, Bilal Siddiqi, and Maarten Voors just released two papers (main paper here and companion paper here, with a quick summary of the project here) related to the 2014-15 Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. Their findings have implications for health systems in the current COVID-19 crisis, particularly when it comes to the importance of testing—so we asked Professor Dube, of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, if she’d explain what they found.

Oeindrila Dube

Let’s start off by explaining the study...
Media Coverage
March 26, 2020

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Oeindrila Dube and Katherine Baicker discuss how lessons from the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa can be applied in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors discuss Dube's IPA study, coauthored with Darin Christensen, Johannes Haushofer, Bilal Siddiqi, and Maarten Voors, which found that two social accountability interventions led more patients to report Ebola cases and resulted in lower mortality rates. 

COVID-19
March 18, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly across the globe, we at IPA—like all of you—have been closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and adapting our lives and our work as a result. We have been consulting widely to determine the best course of action to keep our staff and the communities they interact with as safe as possible, and to do this we have benefitted from the best practice advice of other international organizations and health and safety experts. 

In addition to the first and most urgent priority of protecting health and safety, we feel it is our...

Media Coverage
November 22, 2019

L'Economiste du Faso covers a study in Burkina Faso evaluating the effect of a radio campaign promoting family planning practices. The campaign increased contraceptive use—and in some cases, resulted in more consistent use—and countered myths about the potential side effects of contraception.

The results of this study were presented at a dissemination event in Ouagadougou on November 7.

Modern Man project
Enumerators conducting surveys for the Modern Man Challenge evaluation.
CREDIT: 
Ellen Bates-Jefferys
Jeannie Annan
August 19, 2019

This cross-posting is the third in a series on the International Rescue Committee and IPA's Modern Man Challenge study. The first post in the series is available here, and the second post is available here. 

Enumerators conducting surveys for the Modern Man Challenge evaluation.CREDIT: Ellen Bates-Jefferys  

Of the interventions and programs that seek to reduce intimate partner violence, a limited number of those with the potential for scale have been rigorously studied.

Since 2016, the Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee and Innovations for Poverty...

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
July 25, 2019

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.

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.

Modern Man project
May 23, 2019

Co-authored by Ellen Bates-Jefferys and Shirin Ahmed

Editor's note: This cross-posting is the second in a series on the International Rescue Committee and IPA's Modern Man Challenge study. The first part is available here, and the third detailing our final preparation for a rigorous trial is available here.

Photo: Ellen Bates-Jefferys.


In recent years, there has been a communications boom in mobile phone technology in Sub-Saharan Africa. Formerly hard-to-reach populations are getting connected to the grid through mobile phones,...

Modern Man Challenge
April 24, 2019

Enumerators working with the IPV Initiative's Modern Man Challenge project. Photo: Ellen Bates-Jefferys.

 

Jeannie Annan is Chief Scientist at the International Rescue Committee and academic lead of IPA's Intimate Partner Violence Initiative. Ellen Bates-Jefferys is a Senior Program Associate with the Initiative.

Globally, about one in three women will experience intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetimes.1 Certain regions of the world are “hotspots,” with IPV rates over 70%.2 Innovations for Poverty Action’s IPV Initiative exists to create stronger...

Media Coverage
February 11, 2019

Vox reports on research research with IPA intervention in Uganda to reduce intimate partner violence through a series of locally produced videos shown during movies. The campaign reduced reported incidents of violence against women, apparently not through changes about attitudes toward it, but beacuse of perceived changes in social norms surrounding talking about and reporting it.

Media Coverage
January 03, 2019

New Vision highlights the work of a network of community health promoters (CHPs) delivering vital products and services that have helped reduce child mortality. The CHP program was evaluated by IPA in 2013 and has since been replicated in other districts of Uganda.

Media Coverage
November 27, 2018

Sweden's Sveriges Radio reports on an IPA study on cash benchmarking in Rwanda as both a news and feature piece. The evaluation compared how a standard WASH, hygiene, and nutrition program compares to just giving people cash, measuring impacts on indicators of poverty and malnutrition. (Note: in Swedish).

Media Coverage
November 26, 2018

In NPR's Planet Money podcast about rules of office behavior, Alice Evans highlights an IPA intervention in Uganda to reduce violence against women as an example of how to sometimes the best way to change behavior is more subtly.

Media Coverage
October 24, 2018

In an op-ed featured in Devex, Melissa Patsalides, a deputy assistant administrator for USAID writes on an IPA cash benchmarking study in Rwanda, reflecting on what it means for the aid agency's views on testing effectiveness of programs around the world.

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