In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IPA has launched Research for Effective COVID-19 Responses, or RECOVR, which is supporting immediate response efforts and providing longer-term evidence to decision-makers working to mitigate the impacts of the crisis in the 22 countries where we work. We would like to acknowledge the Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL) for their support and the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE) for their partnership in this effort.

IPA's RECOVR Impact Goals

To equip decision-makers in vulnerable contexts with timely data, evidence, and analysis to:

  1. Reduce COVID-19 transmission rates
  2. Improve social-safety net responses.
  3. Build resilient and adaptable businesses and employment opportunities
  4. Keep children safe, healthy, and learning
  5. Improve women’s health, safety, and economic empowerment
  6. Build resilience and protect the financial health of families and individuals
  7. Promote peace and safety, and improve humanitarian response
RECOVER Impact Goals Diagram

How we are achieving our RECOVR impact goals

Globe IconThe RECOVR survey: We have built a rapid response panel survey to directly inform key government partners on the health, economic, and social ramifications of the pandemic. Future countries and rounds are dependent on funder and policymaker interest.

Magnifying Glass IconA combination of studies that respond to COVID-19: We are rapidly developing more than 80 new individual evaluations related to the COVID-19 response. Some will build on existing study samples, others will build on the core survey, and still others will work with new samples.

Collaboration IconA global collaboration to ensure data flows to inform decisions: We are collaborating with dozens of governments and peer organizations to share information, resources, and data to inform global stakeholders and advocate for more funding to be allocated to economic responses, especially in the global south.   

Now is the time to make evidence-based decisions. With your support, we can help mitigate the impacts of this crisis in the countries where we work.

To learn more, please contact us.

We’ve adapted our work to health crises before 

During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, IPA pivoted from conducting in-person surveys to addressing data needs in Sierra Leone and Liberia. 

We focused on:
  • Contact tracing
  • Socio-economic impacts of Ebola on households
  • The impacts of Ebola on market prices and businesses

Immediate focus was on the response, and we eventually contributed to the analysis of the long-term impact of the outbreak:

  • As Liberia began to recover from Ebola, IPA has been evaluating programs to empower adolescent girls and better targeting of cash transfers to those worst affected.
  • IPA and researchers added another follow up to a previous study post-Ebola, to understand how health facilities fared during the epidemic.

Our comparative advantage

Data collection expertise
Locally-based and highly-trained staff and enumerators
  • Trained to collect data by phone and analyze phone, administrative, and remote sensing data
  • Experienced in providing technical analytical support to partners
  • Ability to shift from survey design, conducting surveys, and analyzing data in a matter of days
Specialized knowledge in remote data collection and lean survey design
  • Avoid in-person interactions by conducting remote, technology-enabled data collection
  • Conduct real-time, automated data-entry checks
  • Dual remote data collection strategy used during emergency situations
Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Ability to quickly create robust MEL plans with minimal demands on partners

IPA has helped dozens of organizations build strong Theories of Change and MEL plans to understand program performance and test key assumptions.

  • In its leanest form, we can produce a ready-to-go MEL plan in a matter of days.
  • Core to our approach is the idea of the learning/cost ratio; MEL systems should collect only that data which justifies the cost and time needed.
Outsourced MEL: collecting and analyzing MEL data for partners
  • IPA staff can directly collect MEL data, analyze it and share results with partners in real-time, where it makes sense for IPA to do so instead of partners.
  • Our experience includes survey design, data collection, analysis, and visualization.