IPA and Pratham Participate in Policy Dialogues on Remote Learning Hosted by the Philippines Department of Education
On June 2 and June 8, IPA Philippines participated in two Policy Dialogue sessions hosted by the Department of Education (DepEd) Policy Research and Development Division (PRRD). On June 2, select Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office units joined the session and on June 8 select DepEd Regional Offices, Schools Division Offices, and schools participated. The policy dialogues explored potential options for effective distance learning modalities. IPA and Pratham India were invited to share learnings and experiences on implementing remote learning interventions to ensure continuity of learning during the pandemic. Insights from Pratham India and discussions about policy issues on remote learning will form part of the policy memo to be prepared by the DepEd PRRD. IPA Philippines Country Director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri spoke about the importance of using evidence to design programs and the need to integrate a learning agenda in DepEd's plans. IPA will continue to collaborate with DepEd by working to provide data and policy support in preparation for the opening of classes in late August 2020.
June 02, 2020, June 08, 2020
On June 5, IPA Myanmar shared results of a study on maternal cash transfers as part of Centers for Learning Evaluations and Results (CLEAR)'s online gLocal Evaluation Week. IPA Myanmar Country Director, Ricardo Morel presented on the evaluation of the impact of cash transfers to mothers—both with and without social and behavioral change communication (SBCC)—on determinants and indicators of child malnutrition.
June 05, 2020
Webinar: From Research to Policy in School Management and Accountability: Rigorous Evidence from Randomized Evaluations
On June 2, 2020, IPA hosted a webinar titled, "From Research to Policy in School Management and Accountability: Rigorous Evidence from Randomized Evaluations," the second in a three-part webinar series on rigorous evidence in education, from preparing young adults for the workforce to early childhood education to school management.
Webinar, United States
June 02, 2020
IPA Côte d'Ivoire Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Employment and Social Protection
On May 29, IPA Côte d'Ivoire and the Direction Générale de l'Emploi (DGE) of the Ministry of Employment and Social Protection signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement specifies how IPA will assist the Ministry with a special focus on the most vulnerable populations (youth, entrepreneurs in the informal sector, workers with handicaps, women, etc.). IPA and the Ministry have been forming this partnership for over a year and are particularly interested in conducting policy-relevant research. For the first activity under this MoU, IPA and the DGE are working together to base, as much as possible, the COVID-19 response on data collected through the RECOVR initiative.
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
May 29, 2020
On May 28, IPA Ghana in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) convened the first in a series of workshops with key Early Childhood Education (ECE) stakeholders to share evidence and lessons learned from various ECE programs and identify strategies to inform contextually-relevant solutions for the implementation of the ECE programming in Ghana. IPA Ghana hosted this first workshop which focused on family and community engagement.
May 28, 2020
Open Banking World Congress, Panel Discussion: “Advancing Social & Financial Inclusion: Good for the Economy, Good for Society, Good for Business"
The Open Banking World Congress is the leading global forum to discuss innovations in open banking and open finance models across the globe. Open finance seeks to improve consumer control and use of their data, expand choice, and facilitate financial sector innovation. These models often allow consumers to access and share their personal and financial information from one provider with other service providers, and in some cases directly move their accounts to new providers. This panel explored how these models might improve financial and social inclusion for consumers in emerging markets, with perspectives from Kenya, Nigeria, and East Asia. IPA moderated the session and shared potential areas for research agendas to measure and maximize the value of open finance models.
Online, United Kingdom
May 13, 2020
On May 11, 2020, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) held a webinar titled “Increasing Handwashing Adherence: Lessons from Rigorous Evidence,” which covered evidence from rigorous research on increasing uptake of handwashing and on addressing the structural barriers people face that prevent them from washing their hands. Amy Pickering (Tufts University) and Robert Dreibelbis (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) presented, and Rachel Steinacher (IPA) hosted and moderated. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session, where the presenters discussed how the evidence can inform policy, particularly in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Webinar, United States
May 11, 2020
On April 30, IPA held a webinar titled From Research to Policy in Youth Employment: Rigorous Evidence from Randomized Evaluations, the first in a three-part webinar series on rigorous evidence in education, from preparing young adults for the workforce to early childhood education to school management.
Webinar, United States
April 30, 2020
Webinar: When and How Rigorous Research Can Be Successfully Incorporated into Financial Product Delivery
In this webinar, researcher Jeremy Burke (University of Southern California), Jean Elias & Christel McDuffie (Consumer Education Services Inc.), and Kate Glynn-Broderick (Innovations for Poverty Action) shared their experience partnering on a randomized evaluation of adding encouragement messaging and debt reframing to a Debt Management Plan.
Webinar, United States
March 27, 2020
This workshop was organized by the Society for International Development Washington Chapter. Advancing women’s digital connectivity is key to promoting their empowerment in an increasingly digital world, but a digital divide is reinforcing, and even exacerbating, existing socioeconomic gaps between men and women. In this 3-person panel, IPA's Financial Inclusion Program Director, Rebecca Rouse reviewed preliminary results from an IPA study in the Dominican Republic looking at how women-specific credit scoring can be used to improve lending outcomes for low-income women borrowers. The panel also included presentations by representatives from Cell-Ed and USAID. For more information on this event, please visit the event page here.
Washington, DC, United States
March 26, 2020
Development Impact West Africa (DIWA), a partnership between the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), organized an impact evaluation training and matchmaking workshop in Accra, Ghana. This three-day workshop convened U.S. and Ghanaian academics and Ghanaian policymakers to seek three-way research collaborations on priority questions. IPA facilitated two sessions during this event on "Implementing an Impact Evaluation in the Field" and "How to Collect High-Quality Data."
March 24, 2020 - March 27, 2020
From March 10-14, The Yangon University of Economics (YUE), the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) – International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Duke University (DU), and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) are jointly organizing a workshop on “Environmental and Natural Resource Economics” in Myanmar.
March 10, 2020 - March 14, 2020
The Novartis Access Program conducted workshops at the county level aimed at sharing the preliminary study results with the county health officials and to engage them in discussions that facilitated the interpretation and contextualization of the study findings. These workshops targeted eight counties of Kenya where the study was conducted i.e. Kakamega, Samburu, Kwale, Nyeri, Embu, Narok, West Pokot, and Makueni, and culminated into the main study results dissemination event to be held in late April
Nyeri, Kakamega, Narok, and Kwale counties, Kenya
March 10, 2020 - March 13, 2020
From March 3-5, IPA Philippines and Australia National University (ANU) co-hosted three introductory impact evaluation workshops in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The workshops aimed to inform audiences from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (on March 3); international organizations, NGOs and think tanks (on March 4); and Papua New Guinea government officials (on March 5). The overall objective of these workshops was to introduce impact evaluation processes and methods, with a focus on randomized evaluations, encouraging increased use of rigorous evidence in development policymaking and programming in Papua New Guinea. Speakers for all three workshops included Peter Srouji and Yuna Liang (IPA), Farah Amalia (J-PAL), and Luke McKenzie (ANU)
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
March 03, 2020 - March 05, 2020