Village Enterprise Impact Evaluation in Uganda: Alleviating Poverty with an Integrated Microenterprise Graduation Program (Kampala)
February 15, 2018
Helping the ultra-poor develop sustainable livelihoods is a global priority, and policymakers are faced with competing ideas about the best way to approach this problem. In Uganda, Village Enterprise and IPA partnered with researchers to conduct a randomized evaluation that measured the impact of diverse components and variants of Village Enterprise’s graduation-style program, which provides poor households with a combination of cash transfers, mentorship, business training, and support for the formation of businesses and savings groups over a one-year period.
Village Enterprise Impact Evaluation in Uganda: Alleviating Poverty with an Integrated Microenterprise Graduation Program (Washington, DC)
Washington, United States
February 09, 2018
Helping the ultra-poor develop sustainable livelihoods is a global priority, but policymakers are faced with competing ideas about the best way to approach this problem. In Uganda, Village Enterprise and IPA partnered with researchers to conduct a randomized evaluation that measured the impact of diverse components and variants of Village Enterprise’s graduation-style program, which provides poor households with a combination of cash transfers, mentorship, business training, and support for the formation of businesses and savings groups over a one-year period.
Evanston, United States
October 27, 2017 - October 28, 2017
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), with co-organizer the Buffett Institute’s Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL), hosted its Third Annual Researcher Gathering to bring together researchers in financial inclusion and social protection for a two-day event at Northwestern University. At the meeting, researchers informally discussed research in financial inclusion and household finance in the United States and around the world. Researchers also shared new research on social safety nets, cash transfers, targeting, and livelihood development. EVENT DETAILS
IPA Myanmar Participated in Workshop to Design Impact Evaluation of Myanmar’s National Community Driven Development Project
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
October 27, 2017
IPA Myanmar participated in the workshop to design the impact evaluation of Myanmar’s National Community Driven Development Project.
Washington D.C., United States
September 28, 2017
Using innovation to achieve efficient and impactful development outcomes requires pairing smart risks with evidence-based investment. “Evidence and Innovation” Day kicked off USAID's Global Innovation Week on Thursday, September 28, and showcased promising innovations that prove their impact, cost-effectiveness and potential to scale. It also featured new approaches to generating and utilizing results to increase development impact. The day featured many IPA studies, policy engagements, partners, and researchers.
IPA Philippines Presentation of Results on the Impact Evaluation of the Community-Driven Development Program
September 14, 2017
On September 14 2017, principal investigators Amanda Beatty and Aniceto Orbeta presented the results of the impact evaluation of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) program implemented by Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippines (DSWD) or locally known as KALAHI-CIDSS (KC).
IPA Philippines Presents Results from Impact Evaluation of the Special Program for Employment of Students
August 18, 2017
IPA Philippines, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines, hosted the presentation of results on the Impact Evaluation of the Special Program for Employment of Students. Emily Beam, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont and principal investigator on the study, presented the results to over 60 key stakeholders from the DOLE national and regional offices, other government agencies, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, and the Australian Government.
Washington D.C., United States
August 11, 2017
Eric Edmonds, principal investigator on the IPA Philippines project Reducing Child Labor in the Philippines, was invited to speak at a public lecture at the US Department of Labor (US DOL) about the project, which is funded by US DOL. The project investigates the impact of livelihood promotion on child labor.
Washington D.C., United States
August 10, 2017
Eric Edmonds, principal investigator, and Peter Srouji, Research Manager for IPA Philippines, were invited to speak at the US Department of Labor's Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Grantee Midterm Learning Workshop at the US Department of Labor (US DOL) in Washington, D.C. on August 10, 2017. Eric Edmonds' presentation was about parent-child differences in time allocation responses.
Quezon City, Philippines
June 23, 2017
On June 23, 2017, IPA Founder Dean Karlan presented on qualitative and quantitative methods at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippines. The seminar was attended by 30 management-level staff of the DSWD, including the department's undersecretaries and assistant secretaries. Discussions focused on how impact evaluations, specifically RCTs, can help improve the design of social protection programs.
Cambridge, United States
May 25, 2017
This one-day gathering brought together a small group of researchers and donors to discuss several current debates and challenges in measuring women’s empowerment and to generate a practical set of recommendations on how researchers, practitioners, and donors can improve the ways we measure empowerment using surveys and non-survey instruments. IPA and J-PAL will summarize these recommendations in a series of blog posts, research resources, and apply best practices to their own work.
March 17, 2017
IPA Founder Dean Karlan presented IPA’s Graduation of the Ultra Poor study to Yasuyuki Sawada, Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank, as well as other ADB staff and representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The seminar was held at ADB’s main office in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
IPA Philippines Participates in the M&E Steering Committee Meeting of the National Economic Development Authority
February 21, 2017
IPA Philippines Country Director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri attended the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) M&E Steering Committee Meeting on 21 February 2017. Representatives from 3ie and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) also attended. IPA and 3ie’s projects were featured at the meeting, including an impact evaluation on child labor with the Department of Labor and Employment and an upcoming impact evaluation of judiciary reforms with the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
December 15, 2016 - December 19, 2016
From December 15-19, IPA conducted a training for government representatives working on social protection programs in Guyana. At the invitation of the Ministry of Finance, Dean Karlan, Nathanael Goldberg, and Kelsey Wright presented the Graduation Model and best practices for monitoring and evaluation. IPA worked with participants to develop theories of change for their programs and to consider possible modifications to their programs based on this exercise.
November 10, 2016
IPA Myanmar presented its current studies at the Myanmar Monitoring and Evaluation Association. Research Associates T Nang Pan and Fabrizio Santoro presented our study on the impact of a maternal health app, and Senior Research Associate Nicholus Tint Zaw presented our study on cash transfers for pregnant women. The event was well-attended by both Myanmar and international staff working in research, and there was a lively Q&A after each session.