In recent decades, the use of experimental and quasi-experimental methods has become widespread across a range of fields in economics, such as labor, education, health, and especially development. The emphasis on experimental and quasi-experimental methods was driven by an attempt to generate internally valid results, i.e., accurate estimates of the impact of the policy of interest in the time and place the experiment was implemented. But the now global scale of experiments points to the central question of external validity: to what extent and how can we generalize the knowledge generated by experiments beyond the setting of the experiment to other contexts?
New York City, United States
November 07, 2019
On October 29, IPA in collaboration with the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA), a state corporation under the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Cooperatives held a one-day policy dialogue on MSME development in Kenya. The event aimed to bring together policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the key priorities, opportunities, and challenges facing the SME sector in the country.
Nairobi, Kenya
October 29, 2019
On October 21 and 23, IPA presented at the 2019 African Microfinance Week (SAM) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. SAM is a major conference dedicated to the development of financial inclusion in Africa that takes place every two years.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
October 21, 2019, October 23, 2019
On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, IPA hosted an interactive webinar aimed at researchers and practitioners in behavioral finance, as part of Financial Inclusion Week 2019. Researchers Jeremy Burke (USC) and Sean Higgins (Northwestern University) and IPA’s Michael Rosenbaum and Rebecca Rouse discussed findings and policy implications from two recent studies on prize-linked incentives in financial product design. An interactive Q&A session followed the discussion.
Webinar, United States
October 22, 2019
On October 16, 2019, Marius Chabi, Country Director of IPA's Francophone West Africa office, and Adil Ababou, Policy Manager from J-PAL, co-organized a workshop sharing evidence about citizen participation and accountability in elections.
Bamako, Mali
October 16, 2019
On October 14-18, IPA and government partners participated in the What Works Global Summit (WWGS), which brought together world leaders in evidence-based decision-making to explore the evidence for designing, implementing, and reviewing effective programs and policies.
Mexico City, Mexico
October 14, 2019 - October 18, 2019
On October 7, IPA Founder and President, Dean Karlan presented the results of the study “Increasing Voluntary Retirement Contributions in Colombia” at Universidad Javeriana to a wide audience of academics from local universities, policymakers such Colpensiones and the Superintendencia Financiera, as well as the private pension funds and others. Professor Karlan then presented preliminary results from a research project in Ghana at the academic seminar at the Economics Department at the Universidad de los Andes. There he met with Olga Namen, a post-doctoral fellow at IPA Colombia and a researcher on a project in Ecuador with the Ministry of Social and Economic Inclusion, other professors at the university, and with the pensions team at Superintendencia Financiera, the financial regulator in Colombia for a potential research opportunity around financial protection.
Bogotá, Colombia
October 07, 2019
Recent studies of community security and peacebuilding efforts have found that relatively inexpensive interventions can move the needle on measures of intergroup trust and social capital, even when far more intensive programs have failed to do so.
Washington, DC, United States
October 04, 2019
On September 19, Nana Ya, Education Officer at the Ghana Education Service; Adrienne Lucas, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Delaware; and Renaud Comba, Research & Policy Manager at IPA Ghana facilitated a workshop at UKFIET, The Education and Development Forum. The workshop, titled "Evidence to policy in education: Practical tools for co-creating education research with governments," provided policymakers, researchers, and practitioners with theoretical frameworks and practical tools for co-creating rigorous, policy-relevant education researchwith theoretical frameworks and practical tools for creating rigorous, policy-relevant education research. Learn more on the UKFIET website here.
Oxford, United Kingdom
September 19, 2019
On September 10, IPA presented at a Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) event held at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and co-organized with DIME, IPA, 3ie, BITSS (CEGA), and J-PAL. It was a research-oriented symposium focusing on practical application of methods for transparency, reproducibility, and credibility in economics research.
Washington D.C., United States
September 10, 2019
Steven Glazerman IPA Peru training
On August 28, IPA's Chief Research & Methodology Officer, Steven Glazerman, conducted a training on power calculation and research design with technical teams from the Ministry of Education (MineduLab); Ministry of Social Development (AyniLab); and Superintendencia de Banca, Seguros y AFP (SBS Peru); and IPA Peru staff in Lima, Peru.
Lima, Peru
August 28, 2019
On August 22-23, IPA held the second workshop in a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training series for the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The two-day workshop built on the key M&E concepts introduced during the first workshop. 43 Supreme Court staff dove deeper into their theories of change, prioritized areas of their M&E plans, and discussed ways forward.
Manila, Philippines
August 22, 2019 - August 23, 2019
2019's Evidence Summit, which forms part of the National Education Week (NEW), was held on August 7.
Accra, Ghana
August 07, 2019
EASST match making workshop
On July 23, IPA Kenya facilitated a policy opportunity matchmaking workshop as part of the 8th Annual EASST Summit. The workshop was attended by EASST fellows, NIERA alumni, CEGA affiliates, partner organizations, and Kenya government officials. The objective of this workshop was to provide a platform for these groups to connect and start new scale-up and impact evaluation consulting opportunities that will be partially funded by EASST through its “Policy Engagement Grant” program. The session focused on four sectors: education, health, agriculture, and financial inclusion. Participants broke into sector group discussions to map out their common areas of research interest, potential opportunities for collaboration, and ultimately come up with proposals for EASST funding on the identified areas of policy engagement.
Nairobi, Kenya
July 23, 2019