July 02, 2020
10 - 11 AM EDT
Webinar, United States

This webinar is part of IPA's RECOVR Webinar Series: Bringing Evidence to COVID-19 Policy Responses in the Global South. Together with our partners, we are using this series to rapidly share what we are learning with the policy and research community to support evidence-informed response efforts. More information about other events in the series is available here.

How is COVID-19 affecting Ghanaian families, workers, and business owners? Are more people experiencing food insecurity? How are they receiving support for these challenges? What have been parents’ main concerns for their children while schools were closed in Ghana?

These and other questions have been at the forefront of decision-makers’ minds while considering how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana and elsewhere. Tracking how people’s lives are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can enable policymakers to better understand the situation in their countries and make data-driven policy decisions. To respond to this need, IPA developed the RECOVR survey—a panel survey designed to facilitate comparisons, document real-time trends of policy concern, and inform decision-makers about the communities that are hardest-hit by the economic toll of the pandemic.

In Ghana, IPA collected information from households during the first three weeks of May in order to inform response strategies across education, small scale enterprise, and social protection.

On July 2, 2020, IPA hosted a webinar to share findings from the first round of the RECOVR survey in Ghana and cover how decision-makers are using the results to continually adapt their responses to changing demands and to plan for long-term strategies. The presentation was followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Watch the webinar recording below:


  • Charles Amoatey, Ag. Director, Academy of Leadership and Executive Training (ALET), Senior Lecturer, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)
  • Elliott Collins, Director of Poverty Measurement, Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Madeleen Husselman, Country Director, Innovations for Poverty Action Ghana
  • Regina Baiden, Research and Policy Coordinator, Innovations for Poverty Action Ghana


Informing Policy on COVID-19 with Rapid Data: Results and Responses from the RECOVR Survey in Ghana