In order to equip decision-makers to use evidence, an embedded IPA and J-PAL team began a policy partnership with Colombia's government in 2016. Working with the National Department of Planning (DNP), the team created a repository of evaluations, ranked the evaluations according to rigor, conducted a capacity-building course for 11 government entities (including the Ministries of Education, Health, Social Protection, and others), and connected researchers to government partners interested in running rigorous, policy-relevant evaluations.


IPA is also collaborating with Colpensiones—the public defined-benefit provider—and the Inter-American Development Bank to measure the impact of text messages on retirement savings behavior. Meanwhile, an evaluation of LISTA, a tablet-based financial education program for cash transfer participants in partnership with the government and Fundación Capital, contributed to Fundación Capital's scale-up of the program. LISTA is now planned to reach approximately 500,000 people across five countries, including Colombia.

Recently, IPA has evaluated two security programs with urban governments: one on the impacts of intensive municipal governance and community organization on gang governance in Medellín, and another on the effects of concentrated policing and municipal clean-ups in Bogotá. These evaluations are part of IPA Colombia's ongoing co-creation of evidence and capacity building for rigorous research with decision-makers.


Police forces in cities tend to focus their efforts on the highest-crime areas, but increasing state presence in the highest crime spots may simply displace crime to other areas, leaving overall...

On August 29, IPA Colombia in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, the National Planning Department, and the World Bank Group, held a workshop titled: Evidence Dialogue on Small and...

Urban armed groups, especially criminal gangs, are a growing threat to peace and economic growth in cities across the world. These groups often exert state-like powers, enforcing contracts,...