Media Coverage
June 20, 2019

Spain's El País covers a results dissemination event for an IPA evaluation of World Bicycle Relief's program providing bicycles to school girls in rural Zambia. Researcher Ana Garcia-Hernandez (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa) presented the preliminary results on key educational outcomes such as school attendance and performance, and measures of empowerment for girls in grades 5, 6, and 7.

Media Coverage
May 28, 2019

Researchers David Evans and Fei Yuan review evidence from around the world showing that there is no need to focus just on girls’ education. Most interventions that improve education for girls also help boys. They cite an IPA study in Kenya in which providing scholarships to high-performing sixth-grade girls helped classroom performance in general, not just for girls.

Media Coverage
May 28, 2019

Ghana Business News reports on an IPA evaluation of "Lively Minds", a play-based learning program designed to promote early childhood cognitive development for pre-school children in rural Ghana.

Media Coverage
May 28, 2019

Ghana's Citi Newsroom covers a results dissemination event for an IPA study of a learning program focused on early childhood cognitive development.

Media Coverage
January 28, 2019

Devex reports on Co-Impact's first round of grant awards, including a grant to scale-up Teaching at the Right Level, a collaboration between, IPA, J-PAL, Pratham, and a host of other governments and organizations to improve primary and remedial education beyond Zambia to across Africa.

Media Coverage
January 03, 2019

In a video for VoxDev, Corinne Low, an Assistant Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, highlights an IPA study she and a team of researchers conducted evaluating the impact of teaching teenage girls in Zambia negotiating skills to advocate for furthering their education.

Media Coverage
January 03, 2019

Meagan Neal, a former J-PAL Policy Associate, writes about how IPA evidence on a remedial education approach known as Teaching at the Right Level helped the government of Zambia scale-up pilot programs to improve basic math and reading skills in primary school students.

Media Coverage
August 24, 2018

Latin America's Agencia EFE, reports on an IPA study monitoring the effects of a bilingual and intercultural preschool math program in Panama called "'Ari Taen Jadenkä' Fun Mathematics for Initial Education." The program is adapted from another IPA project, the Tikichuela program in Paraguay. IPA Country Director for Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay, Juan Manuel Hernandez-Agramonte, discussed the approach and implementation of Jadenkä.

Media Coverage
July 24, 2018

The Manilla Bulletin reports on the new "Research O'Clock" partnership between IPA and the Philippines Department of Education, which will serve as a forum for engaging the education sector and sharing the latest evidence for effective learning.

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July 02, 2018

Co-written with Alejandra Martinez

In this post, we feature an interview with James Habyarimana, Associate Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, and William Jack, Vice Provost of Research and Director of gui2de, both at Georgetown University. They conducted a field experiment in Kenya to test whether access to a mobile bank account or a restricted, goal-based account (i.e commitment savings account – which encouraged users to hold onto the money until school expenses were due) could help parents save for their children’s education expenses. Here, they both share...

Media Coverage
June 29, 2018

National Public Radio's podcast Rough Translation goes to Ghana to explore IPA's work on improving the early childhood education system there. Researcher Sharon Wolf explains the unexpected barrier the data showed. (web audio, iTunes version, and written article)

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Sharon Wolf, Jere R. Behrman, J. Lawrence Aber
June 22, 2018

Editor's note: This cross-posting appeared originally on the BOLD blog. 

What happens when parents push back on efforts to improve preschool quality? My colleagues and I stumbled across this issue while conducting research in Ghana.

Ghana has been a pioneer in expanding children’s access to preschool—or what Ghanaians refer to as kindergarten. In 2007, the government introduced two years of kindergarten (for 4- and 5-year-olds) as part of the free, universal, basic education system. As a result, Ghana now has some of the highest enrollment rates on the continent (...

Media Coverage
May 30, 2018

NPR's Morning Edition reports on IPA's research on improving the way early childhood educators in Ghana teach. Hear from University of Pennsylvania researcher Sharon Wolf about the unexpected barriers revealed by the data, and learn more about the study's design and findings here.

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Sharon Wolf, J. Lawrence Aber
April 27, 2018


Professors Sharon Wolf of the University of Pennsylvania and Larry Aber of New York University spoke to an audience in New York about their studies with IPA in Ghana on improving the country's early childhood education system. IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo them and spoke about the importance of relationship building in research and policy engagement, reflecting specifically on working with Ghana's Ministry of Education. Read more about the studies here and here, and listen to the audio or download below.



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Matthew Jukes, Margaret (Peggy) Dubeck, Elizabeth Turner, Hellen Inyega, Elizabeth Adelman, Katherine Halliday, Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski, Sharon Wolf, Simon Brooker
April 03, 2018

Editor's note: this is a cross-posting with the RTI blog.


Context, mechanisms, and outcomes of the HALI literacy intervention  

If the word “science” in the term “social science” means what I think it means, we social scientists should be in the business of developing models for how we think the world works, testing them with data, and refining them. But the slew of results from impact evaluations in international education frequently feels like a catalogue (if we’re lucky, a meta-analysis) of effect sizes, not a genuine attempt to understand the phenomena we study. To...