Many industries spend a lot on research & development (R&D), but in the international development world, it is less than 1%. Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is the R&D engine of the development sector, with high-quality research using the same method used in medical trials, i.e. randomized evaluations. IPA figures out what actually works and what doesn't, so individuals, governments, and charities can leverage limited resources. Learn more about IPA's ripple effect in this short animated film.
Investing in IPA is high-impact, high leverage and ripples out to help create a better world. Join us in building a world with more evidence and less poverty by supporting our work at poverty-action.org/donate, and learn more about our work at poverty-action.org.
IPA’s Theory of Action underpins how IPA and our partners make an impact through evidence and data use. Drawing on our experiences and that of our partners—it outlines the conditions necessary for evidence to influence policy, and the work IPA does to create those conditions.
We cannot measure our own impact with a randomized evaluation, as much as we would like to be able to. Ironic, we know. What we can do is track changes in programs, policies, and debates that we are confident we have contributed to. We say “contribute” because we never do this alone—our partners, researchers, and many others are also crucial to any impact we achieve.