The guide walks through the basic steps in designing a graduation program (graduation here refers to graduation from extreme poverty into 'sustainable livelihoods'). And it does what no one field visit can accomplish – it distills lessons learned from ten pilots in eight countries as they adapted the program to suit local contexts and helps new implementers avoid mistakes (e.g., goats on the loose create animosity toward the program when they eat neighbors’ gardens). An update to the guide will be released next year with input from more programs as they scale.
And the research? The final data is coming in this year and we’ll have full results in 2015.
Nathanael Goldberg is IPA's Program Director for Social Protection