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Research Findings

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The Effects of a Multimedia Preschool STEM Education Program in Colombia

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Early educational experiences have been found to have a positive effect on students’ choice of math and science courses in later learning as well as their career aspirations. In Colombia, researchers are conducting a randomized evaluation to test the impact of an interactive multimedia preschool program on the math and science skills of children and the gender and racial stereotypes and beliefs of children, educators, and parents.

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The Impact of Temporary Working and Residence Permits for Migrants in Colombia

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As migration patterns change, further evidence of the impact of regulatory programs in developing countries is needed. In Colombia, researchers are evaluating the impact of a temporary working and residence permit program for Venezuelan migrants. Outcomes to be studied include labor indicators, health, and integration measures. Results show that the permit program had significant positive effects on employment, welfare, and resilience for migrants.

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The Impacts of the Ingreso Solidario program to confront the Covid-19 crisis in Colombia

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How do cash transfers support newly-designated vulnerable populations and informal workers during an economic crisis? To help answer these questions, researchers studied  the effect of Ingreso Solidario (Solidarity Income), a new unconditional cash transfer in Colombia that was launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ingreso Solidario will assist over 3 million lower middle-income households that were not previously enrolled in other existing social assistance programs, thereby expanding social protection coverage to lower middle-income populations. Researchers evaluated  the effects of the transfer on eligible households’ income, food and nonfood spending, labor market participation, education, and take-up and use of digital financial products, among other outcomes. The study found that Ingreso Solidario increased eligible households’ probability of maintaining an income source during the pandemic and did not disincentivize labor market participation.

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Policy Impact

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Migration

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IPA Colombia partnered with the Hilton Foundation and others to establish a learning agenda about access to and use of government-granted permits for Venezuelan migrants. We are building upon this agenda to generate evidence on how to effectively integrate migrants into host communities.

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Cash Transfers

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Two IPA evaluations of cash transfers during the COVID-19 pandemic informed the decision by the National Congress to extend and expand the program to include additional beneficiaries. We are working with the National Planning Department to translate evidence into actionable.

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Organized Crime

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IPA Colombia worked with the Medellin mayor's office to develop tools to measure and address organized crime. The collaboration included co-designing and evaluating an intervention to reduce criminal governance and improving an annual security survey.

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Colombia

Our Team

Colombia

Our Team

Country Director

Kyle Holloway

Kyle Holloway is the Country Director for IPA's Colombia office. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all country program projects and staff and developing and implementing country program strategies and research and policy agendas.

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Research Analyst

German Acosta

German works as a qualitative analyst in the IPA Colombia office. He has relevant work experience working with NGOs in the Colombian Amazon, specifically supporting the organizational processes of indigenous communities and evaluating the impact of urban renewal programs in Bogotá's inner city.

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Research Associate, Applied Research and Methods (ARM) Group

Isabella Contreras

“Our focus is based on research, data, and rigor. But our bigger purpose is helping people, helping a family, helping a household.”

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Administrative & Financial Assistant

Oscar Cuervo Gomez

Oscar is providing support in the areas of supplying inputs for field staff, processing incentives for research projects and maintenance of fixed assets of the IPA Colombia office.

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Field Coordinator

Viviana Delgadillo

Viviana Delgadillo has worked at IPA Colombia since 2016 supporting SME, Financial Inclusion and Security projects.

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Research Associate

Felipe Fajardo Vanegas

Felipe Fajardo Vanegas is currently a Research Associate for the project Understanding Gang Recruitment in Medellin, Colombia.

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Research Analyst

Jorge Forero

Jorge has worked on projects studying the impact of programs promoting socio-emotional and quantitative skills in early childhood education.

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Post-doctoral Researcher

Ana Garcia Hernandez

Ana is a Post-doctoral Researcher at IPA Colombia and Universidad del Rosario. Previously, Ana worked as a researcher at the Social Science Center in Berlin.

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Country Director

Kyle Holloway

Kyle Holloway is the Country Director for IPA's Colombia office. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all country program projects and staff and developing and implementing country program strategies and research and policy agendas.

Read Full Bio

Research Analyst

German Acosta

German works as a qualitative analyst in the IPA Colombia office. He has relevant work experience working with NGOs in the Colombian Amazon, specifically supporting the organizational processes of indigenous communities and evaluating the impact of urban renewal programs in Bogotá's inner city.

Read Full Bio

Research Associate, Applied Research and Methods (ARM) Group

Isabella Contreras

“Our focus is based on research, data, and rigor. But our bigger purpose is helping people, helping a family, helping a household.”

Read Full Bio

Administrative & Financial Assistant

Oscar Cuervo Gomez

Oscar is providing support in the areas of supplying inputs for field staff, processing incentives for research projects and maintenance of fixed assets of the IPA Colombia office.

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Field Coordinator

Viviana Delgadillo

Viviana Delgadillo has worked at IPA Colombia since 2016 supporting SME, Financial Inclusion and Security projects.

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Research Associate

Felipe Fajardo Vanegas

Felipe Fajardo Vanegas is currently a Research Associate for the project Understanding Gang Recruitment in Medellin, Colombia.

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Research Analyst

Jorge Forero

Jorge has worked on projects studying the impact of programs promoting socio-emotional and quantitative skills in early childhood education.

Read Full Bio

Post-doctoral Researcher

Ana Garcia Hernandez

Ana is a Post-doctoral Researcher at IPA Colombia and Universidad del Rosario. Previously, Ana worked as a researcher at the Social Science Center in Berlin.

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