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Sebastian Chaskel, Kyle Holloway
July 08, 2020
In May, IPA ran a nationwide RECOVR Survey of 1,500 households in partnership with Colombia’s National Planning Department (DNP), the agency within the national government in charge of defining and recommending public policy, to support the...
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June 29, 2020
By Sarah Kabay, Olga Namen, and Stephanie Wu In response to the coronavirus pandemic, over 188 countries instituted country-wide school closures. As a result, countless education systems and educators are trying to find alternatives to the classroom...
Farmhands organizing eggs in the Philippines
June 23, 2020
By Lucia Sanchez and Matthieu Teachout Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the International Growth Centre (IGC) have jointly developed the COVID-19 Economic Impact Surveys, a multi-country effort to understand COVID-19’s impacts on economic...
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June 22, 2020
Most schools throughout Latin America have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the school closures, nearly 8 million Peruvian students, from preschool to high school, are stuck at home. Within a few weeks, the Ministry of Education (Minedu)...
Annie Duflo, Radha Rajkotia
June 19, 2020
Last week, IPA announced that we will observe Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, as a global holiday. We do this in the context of reflection on our own role and history in the fields in which we work. IPA...
Cox's Bazar
June 18, 2020
By Nessa Kenny and Laura Benrey  Over 70 million people are forcibly displaced as a result of conflict, persecution, or violence—more than ever before in history. Displaced communities, who were already vulnerable before the pandemic hit, are...
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Sebastian Chaskel, Bethany Park
June 17, 2020
In the past months, we have worked with decision-makers from 10 different countries where IPA has a permanent presence to develop panel surveys to answer their most pressing questions. The process has been urgent and chaotic—the statement “let’s not...
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Rodrigo Canales
June 12, 2020
For the last three years, Rodrigo Canales, an associate professor of organizational behavior at Yale SOM, has led a project studying police forces in Mexico and testing approaches to building more effective and trusted departments. We asked him what...
IPA Côte d'Ivoire signs MoU with DGE
Heidi McAnnally-Linz, Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri, Bethany Park, Shahana Hirji
June 11, 2020
IPA is building on existing relationships and responding to dozens of policy partners to ensure that in our case, the answer is “yes.” We are working hard to understand exactly what questions these partners are asking and how data and evidence can...
A busy street in Dhaka
Kate Glynn-Broderick
May 22, 2020
To help mitigate gaps in the current crisis response, IPA is pivoting an existing research project with Bangladesh’s government on digital payments to respond to COVID-19’s challenges.
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May 11, 2020
By Tom Wein Editor's note: This cross-post originally appeared on Medium.  I had previously noted that the Global South was missing in studies of coronavirus, according to a couple of major databases compiling surveys. In one database, just 1/230...
Monrovia, Liberia
May 07, 2020
As women around the globe are increasingly quarantined, they are also exposed to increased risk of intimate partner violence (IPV).
John Branch, Elliott Collins
April 28, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing research projects around the world to move from face-to-face data collection to shorter, phone-based methods using SMS messages or voice calls. As research continues in this modified form, a critical challenge will...
Workers resting on boats in Bangladesh
John Branch, Bethany Park, Shahana Hirji
April 23, 2020
Across IPA’s 22 country offices, we partner with several dozen government ministries. In recent weeks, a new policy priority has arrived on most every policymaker’s agenda: responding to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. Many of the...
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April 21, 2020
This post, written by Maria Jones, Roshni Khincha, Florence Kondylis, and Lysca Uwamayriya originally appeared on the World Bank's blog. From David et al's two-part blog post (part 1 and part 2) last week, you now know how to construct your sample,...
A woman tends to the market stall she owns in Kenya
Radha Rajkotia
April 17, 2020
In response to COVID-19, we must innovate and learn to ensure that we can drive to scale effective and contextually-appropriate policies.
Surveyor in Uganda, 2011
Loïc Watine, Ben Tan, Laura Sofia Castro Fonseca
April 14, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way the development sector operates. Many funders are working with their grantees as they pivot their usual development programming to accommodate the new reality—whether by transforming their work to a feasible...
Woman walking in refugee camp in Bangladesh
Annie Duflo
April 09, 2020
As COVID-19 reaches more of the countries where we work and governments respond with increasing lockdowns and containment measures across the developing world, there is an urgent need to understand the most effective responses that can save lives at...
Sierra Leone surveyors
Jeffrey Mosenkis, Oeindrila Dube
March 31, 2020
New findings related to the 2014-15 Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone have implications for health systems in the current COVID-19 crisis. 
Annie Duflo
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...