Twaweza is collecting data on citizens’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) related to COVID-19. This will be done through a series of mobile phone surveys of a representative sample of the country’s adult population.

Researchers:
Country:
Study Type:
Descriptive / Surveillance
Timeline:
April-December 2020
Implemented by IPA:
No
Implementing Organization:
Twaweza
Impact Goals:
Build resilience and protect the financial health of families and individuals; Improve social-safety net responses; Reduce COVID-19 transmission rates
Outcomes of Interest:
Knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to COVID-19
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Results Status:
No Results Yet

Twaweza is collecting data on citizens’ knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) related to COVID-19. This will be done through a series of mobile phone surveys of a representative sample of the country’s adult population.

Researchers:
Violet Alinda, Aidan Eyakuze, Baruani MshaleMarie Nanyanzi, Melania Akinyi Omengo
Country:
Study Type:
Descriptive / Surveillance
Timeline:
March-August 2020
Implementing Organization:
Twaweza
Impact Goals:
Build resilience and protect the financial health of families and individuals; Improve social-safety net responses; Reduce COVID-19 transmission rates
Outcomes of Interest:
Baseline information on the status of citizens’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices (behaviors) related to COVID-19 across Uganda
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Results Status:
No Results Yet
  • IPA
  • UKAID

Social distancing is one of the most important health behaviors limiting the spread of COVID‐19, but people may practice it insufficiently for multiple reasons: they may not believe or realize that community norms have shifted towards support for social distancing, and they may not realize its public health benefits. This project is supporting Mozambique’s effort to promote social distancing, in collaboration with the government’s health research center for the central region.

Country:
Program Area:
Partners:
 Beira Operational Research Center at the Ministry of Health, Mozambique
Study Type:
Randomized Evaluation
Timeline:
April-July 2020
Implemented by IPA:
No
Outcomes of Interest:
Household social distancing behaviors, Perceived social distancing norms, COVID-19 related knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Results Status:
No Results Yet
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Population Council is implementing a rapid COVID-19 Knowledge, Attitude and Practice assessment of a representative sample of girls living in the catchment area of two skills-building programs.

Researchers:
Country:
Program Area:
Study Type:
Quasi-experimental Analysis
Timeline:
April-December 2020
Implemented by IPA:
No
Implementing Organization:
Population Council
Impact Goals:
Improve social-safety net responses; Improve women’s health, safety, and economic empowerment; Keep children safe, healthy, and learning
Outcomes of Interest:
How the pandemic and associated lockdown changed girls' experience of schooling; time use; care responsibilities; and household scarcity as mediating pathways to child marriage
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Results Status:
No Results Yet
  • BIGD
  • BRAC

As the onslaught of COVID-19 is expected to worsen in the coming weeks and months in Bangladesh, the citizenry is taking preparations in various capacities. However, as everything is happening very fast, there has not been enough time to mobilize resources, and one key gap is observed in the area of targeted, customised communications that takes into account local realities and customs.

Country:
Study Type:
Pilot
Timeline:
April-May 2020
Implemented by IPA:
No
Implementing Organization:
BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD)
Impact Goals:
Improve social-safety net responses; Improve women’s health, safety, and economic empowerment; Keep children safe, healthy, and learning; Promote peace and safety, and improve humanitarian response
Outcomes of Interest:
1) What are the mobility patterns – use of time, space – in the context of national messaging around social distancing, quarantine, and isolation?; 2) What are the prevailing interpretations of the COVID-19 related messages?; 3) What is the popular misinformation floating around?; 4) What does the “circle of information trust” look like? Whose information do they trust and why?; 5) What kind of information do they want to know more about? What messages from the government are they not clear about or unsure of?; 6) What suggestions do they have in terms of making communications more effective and targeted so that they hit home?
Results Status:
Results

In Colombia, adults older than 70 have been in mandatory home quarantine since March 20th. These restrictions have made it difficult for this vulnerable population to access and use public services, such as their pension. Even though the public pension provider, Colpensiones, had an online platform to conduct transactions remotely prior to the crisis, enrollment was low, and many elderly pension holders preferred to carry these transactions in person.

Researchers:
Country:
Program Area:
Partners:
Study Type:
Randomized Evaluation
Timeline:
June-October 2020
Implemented by IPA:
Yes
Impact Goals:
Build resilience and protect the financial health of families and individuals; Improve social-safety net responses
Outcomes of Interest:
Weekly administrative data on take up and use of the online platform (designed to allow pension holders to carry out necessary transactions/paperwork remotely)
Results Status:
No Results Yet
  • BIGD
  • BRAC

Effective responses to COVID-19 depend on citizens cooperating with the government in the lockdown, testing and treatment regimes. With multiple cases of defiance against the government-imposed restrictions on travel and mass gatherings in the earlier stages of the COVID-19 crisis in Bangladesh, ensuring citizen cooperation has continued to pose a huge challenge.

Researchers:
Country:
Study Type:
Pilot
Timeline:
April-May 2020
Implemented by IPA:
No
Impact Goals:
Improve social-safety net responses; Promote peace and safety, and improve humanitarian response
Outcomes of Interest:
What people believe and understand about the purpose of the lockdown; the views on how the lockdown is being implemented and by whom – which actors or institutions do people trust, and why; other kinds of collective action being taken by local communities and actors to prevent transmission and/or support people affected by the disease or the lockdown; people’s expectations of governmental and other action to support their needs; and how social structure and informal social protection systems are holding up at the community level
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Results Status:
Results
  • UKAID

As coronavirus begins to spread in developing countries, an important question is whether poor households will adhere to social distancing given the likely inability to work remotely, and the subsequent large income losses. In such a context, mobile money transfers may not only help households maintain consumption levels, they may also complement social distancing policies - those that get the cash may work less, and stay at home more.

Country:
Study Type:
Randomized Evaluation
Timeline:
April- July 2020
Implemented by IPA:
Yes
Impact Goals:
Build resilience and protect the financial health of families and individuals; Improve social-safety net responses; Reduce COVID-19 transmission rates
Outcomes of Interest:
With bi-weekly follow-up phone surveys we will answer the following research questions: 1) Do regular [small/large] cash installments increase adherence with social distancing? 2)  How does the cash impact welfare (consumption, K6 depression scale, corona-related symptoms)? 3) Does the cash cause individuals to believe that the crisis is more serious, by reducing the tendency for "wishful thinking" (i.e.motivated beliefs)?
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Results Status:
No Results Yet

This study will deliver cash grants to female microenterprise owners in Dandora, Kenya during the COVID-19 outbreak. Researchers are conducting a randomized controlled trial to study the impact of unconditional cash transfers on economic outcomes both during and after the crisis. The research team will collect information about expectations, beliefs, and impact of any potential government policy responses on business outcomes.

Country:
Partners:
Ford Family Program (Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Note Dame University), Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Study Type:
Randomized Evaluation
Timeline:
April-August 2020
Implemented by IPA:
No
Impact Goals:
Build resilience and protect the financial health of families and individuals; Build resilient and adaptable businesses and employment opportunities
Outcomes of Interest:
Economic impacts of unconditional cash transfers; expectations, beliefs, and impact of any potential government policy responses on business outcomes; beliefs about the severity of the outbreak, beliefs about the effects it has on their businesses, and business outcomes, such as sales, pricing, costs, employment and inventories
Results Status:
No Results Yet
  • IPA

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, governments in Latin America have adopted measures to increase social distancing, including closing schools and limiting mobility. Ministries of Education in the region have transitioned to distance education programs, with caregivers playing a key role in accompanying the learning process at home. However, parents may lack the knowledge and skills to provide an effective support to their children.

Program Area:
Study Type:
Randomized Evaluation
Implementing Organization:
IPA
Impact Goals:
Keep children safe, healthy, and learning
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing); SMS
Results Status:
No Results Yet

This project is collecting data on individuals, families, and firms through two types of phone surveys. The first type will collect high priority data from a nationwide sample via random digit dialing. The second type follows up with more in-depth phone-based interviews.

Country:
Study Type:
Other
Implemented by IPA:
Yes
Impact Goals:
Build resilience and protect the financial health of families and individuals; Build resilient and adaptable businesses and employment opportunities; Improve social-safety net responses; Reduce COVID-19 transmission rates
Outcomes of Interest:
For individuals: symptoms, exposure, health behavior, awareness of disease transmission channels, knowledge and attitudes, and income shocks and food security. For firms: layoffs, firms’ ability to continue operations and access markets, price changes, profits, revenues, and costs.
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Results Status:
No Results Yet

Research has shown that engaging local actors in the monitoring of public services can improve outcomes across multiple sectors, and in the case of the Ebola epidemic, a community monitoring intervention was able to significantly improve response to the crisis. For the past 6 years, Elevate: Partners in Education has been implementing a school scorecard intervention in Ugandan primary schools in which local actors are trained to monitor issues at their school.

Researchers:
Country:
Program Area:
Study Type:
Quasi-experimental Analysis
Timeline:
May 2020
Impact Goals:
Keep children safe, healthy, and learning
Outcomes of Interest:
Headteachers' understanding of and response to the pandemic, headteachers' connection to the community and perception of ability to address crisis, trust and communication between headteacher and community
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Results Status:
No Results Yet
  • UKAID

Sub-Saharan Africa contains many densely overcrowded and poor urban slums at high risk of COVID-19 outbreaks. In these contexts, sanitation and social distancing measures are near impossible, and COVID-19’s rapid spread is a devastating prospect. To control the pandemic’s spread, the Kenyan Ministry of Health COVID-19 Taskforce has implemented initial prevention and mitigation measures.

Country:
Program Area:
Study Type:
Randomized Evaluation
Timeline:
April 2020 -
Implemented by IPA:
No
Implementing Organization:
Population Council
Impact Goals:
Improve social-safety net responses; Promote peace and safety, and improve humanitarian response; Reduce COVID-19 transmission rates
Outcomes of Interest:
Knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to COVID-19; barriers to adoption of key COVID-19 prevention behaviors; behavior change adoption; economic and health impacts of COVID-19 response measures
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Results Status:
No Results Yet

We plan to do three things. First, by collecting novel data using phone surveys we will document both the extent of (self-reported) incidence of COVID-19 and the extent to which respondents adjust their health seeking behavior in response to the pandemic. This will allow us to estimate a more comprehensive measure of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in rural Africa that embraces morbidity and mortality from all conditions.

Country:
Program Area:
Study Type:
Randomized Evaluation
Timeline:
May-October 2020
Implemented by IPA:
Yes
Impact Goals:
Keep children safe, healthy, and learning; Reduce COVID-19 transmission rates
Outcomes of Interest:
Prevalence of COVID-19 symptoms; non-COVID related health seeking behavior; all-cause mortality; health workers' activity levels; health knowledge; household interactions with health workers
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Pre-Registration:
Results Status:
No Results Yet

In this project, researchers are conducting a field experiment with female entrepreneurs who have borrowed from a microfinance organization in Punjab, Pakistan. They test whether an intervention that exposes women to successful role models, and encourages goal setting, planning and the overcoming of obstacles can foster investments in female businesses.

Country:
Study Type:
Randomized Evaluation
Timeline:
2018-2020
Implemented by IPA:
No
Impact Goals:
Build resilient and adaptable businesses and employment opportunities; Improve social-safety net responses; Improve women’s health, safety, and economic empowerment
Outcomes of Interest:
Business outcomes, time use, aspirations, well-being
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Pre-Registration:
Results Status:
No Results Yet

The InterMedia Financial Inclusion Insights Surveys have consistently shown Uganda to have the highest levels of consumer fraud in mobile money amongst countries surveyed in Africa and Asia. These surveys have also documented insufficient consumer use of formal complaints channels.

Researchers:
Country:
Program Area:
Timeline:
May - June 2020
Implemented by IPA:
Yes
Impact Goals:
Build resilience and protect the financial health of families and individuals
Outcomes of Interest:
Mobile money and mobile loan usage, experiences with digital fraud, provision of personal finance management and fraud prevention tips 
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Results Status:
No Results Yet

We will conduct a survey of digital finance users—active and dormant— across Nigeria. The survey will cover active and dormant users of electronic payments products, mobile banking products, agent banking, and digital credit. Users of these products will be queried on key consumer protection topics including: Pricing transparency; Fraud; Experiences at agent locations; Complaints handling and redress.

Researchers:
Country:
Program Area:
Timeline:
May-June 2020
Implemented by IPA:
Yes
Outcomes of Interest:
Having sufficient emergency funds to cover unplanned expenses; having enough money to pay for regular living expenses each month; mobile money and mobile loan usage; experiences with digital fraud.
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Results Status:
No Results Yet

According to the 2019 FinAccess survey, 8.4 percent of mobile money users in Kenya report having lost funds on their mobile money accounts—and 70 percent of these cases were due to third-party phone or SMS fraud. Yet no one has unpacked why certain consumers suffer from fraud, nor why they often don’t use formal complaints channels when they suffer loss of funds or fraud.

Country:
Program Area:
Study Type:
Other
Timeline:
May-June 2020
Implemented by IPA:
Yes
Impact Goals:
Build resilience and protect the financial health of families and individuals
Outcomes of Interest:
Have sufficient emergency funds to cover unplanned expenses; have enough money to pay for regular living expenses each month; mobile money and mobile loan usage; experiences with digital fraud
Results Status:
No Results Yet

The lockdown in South Asia has led to mass migration of people back to their home towns/villages as the work opportunities in urban centres shrink or are no longer available. This poses a public health risk to rural areas as migrants may spread the virus when they return and these areas are ill-prepared to handle the crisis due to poor healthcare infrastructure.

Program Area:
Study Type:
Descriptive / Surveillance
Timeline:
March-August 2020
Implemented by IPA:
No
Impact Goals:
Improve social-safety net responses; Reduce COVID-19 transmission rates
Outcomes of Interest:
COVID-19 infections
Results Status:
No Results Yet
  • BIGD
  • BRAC

COVID-19 has disrupted education systems around the world, pushing the majority of children temporarily out of school. With close to 40 million children enrolled in school, Bangladesh is among the countries most affected by a complete shutdown. With all schools closed for a period of at least two months, the immediate challenge for the policymakers therefore is safeguarding learning time and well-being while children remain out of school.

Country:
Program Area:
Study Type:
Pilot
Timeline:
April-June 2020
Implementing Organization:
BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD)
Impact Goals:
Keep children safe, healthy, and learning
Outcomes of Interest:
Disruption to learning activities and time allocation, including gender disparity; outreach and uptake of government's technology-driven initiatives; later impact of Coronavirus shock on a range of child outcomes
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Results Status:
No Results Yet

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