Fighting Poverty with Innovation, Evidence and Action

Innovations for Poverty Action is a nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. We design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale.


What makes us different?

 IPA evaluates what works in fighting poverty using the most rigorous methodology available: the randomized control trial.

We are led by researchers including some of the most recognized names in development economics, many holding faculty positions at universities such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, and LSE.

  • We have experience working in over 40 countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the United States.
  • Our staff receive rigorous training in implementing randomized evaluations in the field, so that we always maintain the highest scientific standards for our evaluations.
  • We are committed to not just measuring the impact of a program, but also working with organizations to facilitate integration of research results into operations to ensure continuous improvement and the replication of successful ideas.


We strive to bridge the gap between cutting-edge academic research and action by governments, nonprofits, and firms

We share the evidence we generate with development practitioners, policy-makers and donors. Where appropriate, we work closely with partners to facilitate the replication of effective programs in other parts of the world.

Click here to read more about our strategy. You can also watch us on Youtube, download our 2010 Annual Report and our Brochure, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and sign-up for Email Updates.

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