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This report covers some highlights of IPA’s 2020-2021 accomplishments, which were made possible by the world-class researchers, organizations, and funders we are proud to call our partners.
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Annual Report
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November 10, 2021
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Visit our Strategic Ambition Website Today, IPA’s vision remains the same as always: a world with more evidence and less poverty. To achieve this vision, our last strategic plan emphasized promoting the adoption and scale-up of effective solutions. Since 2012, we have continued growing the body of evidence and contributed to the adoption of evidence-based programs, improving hundreds of millions of lives.  Yet we have learned that promoting an effective solution alone is not enough for evidence to be used systematically. Our strategic ambition through 2025 emphasizes the need for iterative learning about what works (and doesn’t work!), and why, and the need to equip decision-makers to use evidence, by building deep partnerships, engaging decision-makers throughout the research process, and helping them develop learning agendas adapted to their needs. We hope you will join us in this ambition, as we continue to build a world with more evidence and less poverty.
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Annual Report
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December 11, 2018
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Improving education sector performance is a key policy priority for the Government of Ghana. The Ministry of Education has, since the inception of the Education Strategic Plan (2018-30), rolled out various policies and major interventions towards achieving effectiveness in education service delivery. To ensure that well-intentioned policy goals and programmes translate into improved learning outcomes, decision-makers and stakeholders are eager to: (1) learn about policies and interventions that have proven to work; and (2) use such evidence and innovative solutions to improve planning and education service delivery.  The Evidence Summit, which forms part of the National Education Week (NEW) 2022, will bring together policymakers, researchers and practitioners to a) share rigorous evidence that has been collected about the impact of policies and interventions in education aimed at improving service delivery and learning outcomes in Ghana; and b) identify ways in which evidence can be...
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September 15, 2022
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Worldwide, 250 million children under five (43%) are not meeting their developmental potential because they lack adequate nutrition and cognitive stimulation in early childhood. Several parent support programs have shown significant benefits for children’s development, but the programs are often expensive and resource intensive. The objective of this study was to test several variants of a potentially scalable, cost-effective intervention to increase cognitive stimulation by parents and improve emergent literacy skills in children. The intervention was a modified dialogic reading training program that used culturally and linguistically appropriate books adapted for a low-literacy population. We used a cluster randomized controlled trial with four intervention arms and one control arm in a sample of caregivers (n?=?357) and their 24- to 83-month-old children (n?=?510) in rural Kenya. The first treatment group received storybooks, while the other treatment arms received storybooks paired...
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September 07, 2022
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Se ha demostrado que en situaciones de emergencia la asistencia de dinero ayuda a los beneficiarios a mitigar las consecuencias económicas resultantes, por ejemplo, mediante el aumento de la seguridad alimentaria. Devolución del IVA, una nueva transferencia de dinero incondicional en Colombia, asistirá a 1 millón de hogares de bajos ingresos en atravesar la crisis económica a causa de la pandemia del COVID-19. A través de una evaluación aleatoria, los investigadores midieron los efectos de la transferencia en la salud física y mental de los beneficiarios, la seguridad alimentaria, la seguridad financiera y el aprendizaje de los niños, actitudes políticas, entre otros.
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Brief
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August 25, 2022
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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that creates and shares evidence, while equipping decision-makers to use evidence to reduce poverty. With a presence in 22 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, IPA leads the field of development in cutting-edge research quality, innovation, and impact. IPA is undertaking a broad assessment of the operating environment in Papua New Guinea to determine the feasibility of registering an office, capacity of local partners, ability to conduct research activities in the country, hire staff, and potential risks associated with IPA’s activities. IPA is seeking an Operations & Startup Consultant in Papua New Guinea to perform key tasks associated with this initial scoping phase with a key focus on the safety and security environment. Proposals are due no later than Thursday, 15th September 2022 at 11:00 pm (EST) to be submitted here. Late offers will be rejected. To view the full RFP and application instruction...
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Procurement Resource
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August 25, 2022
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La crisis desencadenada por el brote del COVID-19 trajo consigo un desafío fundamental para las redes de protección social: entregar beneficios rápidamente a aquellos hogares que más lo necesitan. En este documento presentamos los resultados de la evaluación de Ingreso Solidario en Colombia, un programa de transferencias monetaria no condicionadas dirigido a hogares pobres y vulnerables que no se beneficiaban de los programas preexistentes a la pandemia. La evaluación se realiza mediante el método de regresión discontinua en el que se comparan distintos indicadores de bienestar entre hogares elegibles y no elegibles alrededor del punto de corte que determina la elegibilidad, basado en un puntaje que aproxima el ingreso del hogar. Es decir, se enfoca en un subgrupo de hogares con ingresos relativamente más altos que los del beneficiario promedio del programa. Encontramos que Ingreso Solidario incrementó la probabilidad de que los hogares mantengan alguna fuente de ingreso y que no gener...
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August 24, 2022
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El presente estudio cualitativo explora las experiencias de usuarios de Ingreso Solidario en zonas urbanas, rurales y rurales dispersas con el objetivo de: (i) ampliar la comprensión acerca de la implementación de este programa e (ii) identificar los puntos de satisfacción y barreras sobre las modalidades de pago, especialmente a través de billeteras móviles. La información fue recolectada por medio de la técnica de grupos focales, los cuales permitieron obtener descripciones amplias, por medio de testimonios e interacciones de beneficiarios de distintos grupos etarios alrededor del programa. Los testimonios recolectados permitieron entender que: (i) las transferencias dadas por el Ingreso Solidario fueron un soporte importante para cubrir necesidades urgentes de los hogares; (ii) las redes comunitarias de vecinos, amigos y familiares desempeñaron un rol importante transmitiendo la información acerca de programa y la forma de retiro a las personas con menores habilidades tecnológicas,...
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August 24, 2022
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Inclusive Instant Payment Systems (IIPS) streamline payments between individuals, merchants, and financial institutions. These systems create a more cash-like experience by adopting technology that allows clients with different financial service providers to send and receive money. IIPS enable real time and same-day settlement, are open loop and accessible, and facilitate high volume, low value transactions. Ultimately, they have the potential to catalyze financial inclusion and positively impact financial behavior.  This white paper summarizes how interoperable payment systems work and the status of interoperability in emerging markets. The paper contributes to the global discourse around IIPS  by (1) showing how economic insights can help us form expectations around the potential impact of these systems, and (2) providing guidance on monitoring, evaluating, and generating evidence-based policies. The paper is organized as follows: Importance of interoperable payment systems; Theory o...
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Research Resource
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August 22, 2022
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Violence committed by men against women in intimate relationships is a pervasive problem around the world. Patriarchal norms that place men as the head of household are often to blame. Previous research suggests that trusted authorities can shift perceptions of norms and create behavior change. In many settings, a compelling authority on behavior in relationships is religious leaders, who are influential sources of information about proper conduct in relationships and gatekeepers ofmarriage, but may also uphold traditional gender roles. One way leaders exert their influence is through premarital or couples counseling courses. In this study, we test whether, if given an opportunity to offer a more progressive religious interpretation of gender roles during these courses, religious leaders could motivate men to share power and thereby reduce violence. Building on existing faith networks of Christian religious leaders in western Uganda, we conducted a large pair-matched, randomized contro...
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August 11, 2022
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This paper reports on a two-tiered experiment designed to separately identify the selection and effort margins of pay-for-performance (P4P). At the recruitment stage, teacher labor markets were randomly assigned to a `pay-for-percentile' or fixed-wage contract. Once recruits were placed, an unexpected, incentive-compatible, school-level re-randomization was performed, so that some teachers who applied for a fixed-wage contract ended up being paid by P4P, and vice versa. By the second year of the study, the within-year effort effect of P4P was 0.16 standard deviations of pupil learning, with the total effect rising to 0.20 standard deviations after allowing for selection.
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August 03, 2022
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In most societies, a small number of people commit the most serious violence. Short-term studies have shown that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can reduce such antisocial behaviors. These behavior changes may be temporary, however, especially from therapy on its own. This is unsettled, however, for there has been little randomized, long-term research. We follow 999 highrisk men in Liberia 10 years after randomization into either: 8 weeks of a therapy; a $200 grant; both; or a control group. A decade later, both therapy alone and therapy with economic assistance produce dramatic reductions in antisocial behaviors. Drug-selling and participation in thefts and robberies, for example, fall by about half. These impacts are greatest among the highest-risk men. The effects of therapy alone, however, are smaller and more fragile. The effects of therapy plus economic assistance are more sustained and precise. Since the cash did not increase earnings for more than a few months, we hypothesiz...
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August 02, 2022
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This document provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the Human Trafficking Research Initiative (HTRI)'s Competitive Fund.
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Research Resource
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July 29, 2022
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1. RFP Objective IPA’s objective is to partner with a competent Travel Agency that has extensive Global experience in Travel Management Services and superior customer service. We are looking for a Travel Agency who can demonstrate the achievement of cost savings and compliance to IPA’s policies, as well as knowledge of the United States Federal Travel Regulations, including Fly America Act and other development sector regulations. The Travel Agency should be able to charge costs to multiple internal projects and credit cards and generate invoices and reports outlining costs related to each project and card.  2. RFP Calendar The timeline for the RFP process is below. While we do not anticipate any changes to this timeline, IPA reserves the right to adjust the timeline as needed. Action Date RFP Issue Date Monday, 25th July 2022 Deadline for Receipt of Questions Friday, 5th August 2022 at 11:00pm (EDT) Deadline for Receipt of Proposals Friday, 2nd September 2022 at 11:00pm (EDT) Vendors...
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Procurement Resource
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July 25, 2022
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We present the results of a 3.5-year followup on a randomized experiment benchmarking a workforce training program against cash transfers. Examining self-employment outcomes in a sample of poor and underemployed youth, this study measures the impact of the training program relative not only to a control group, but also to the counterfactual of simply disbursing the cost of the program directly to beneficiaries in cash. We continue to find impacts of the job training program on time use, productive assets, and business knowledge, while the cash transfers have strong continued effects on productive assets, livestock values, savings, and subjective wellbeing. Both interventions enhance the likelihood that individuals operate businesses and the sales in those businesses, with large cash transfers sustaining strong improvements in business profits more than three years after disbursement. Nonetheless, impacts have faded by roughly one-half compared to what was seen at the 18-month midline,...
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July 19, 2022
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Can training and mentorship expand the economic impact of cash transfer programs, or would such extensions waste resources that recipients could allocate more impactfully by themselves? Over the course of two years, a Ugandan nonprofit organization implemented alternative poverty alleviation approaches in a randomized manner. These included an integrated graduation-style program involving cash transfers as well as extensive training and mentorship; a slightly simplified variant excluding training on savings group formation; and a radically simplified approach that monetized all intangibles and delivered cash only. Light-touch behavioral extensions involving goal-setting and plan-making were also implemented with some cash transfer recipients. We find that simplifying the integrated program tended to erode its impact.
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July 13, 2022
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In March of 2020, the Government of Colombia expanded existing social assistance programs to help shield households from the economic impact of lockdown orders associated with COVID-19. The programs included the launch of Compensación del IVA, an unconditional cash transfer (UCT), supported by value-added tax (VAT) revenue, designed to support Colombian households living in extreme poverty. This case study examines the government’s rapid deployment of the cash transfer payments via mobile wallets from March to April of 2020. The goal of deploying the funds digitally was to stem COVID-19 infections and distribute benefits quickly. However, beneficiaries faced technological challenges associated with the mobile wallet, and 23 percent of mobile money recipients reported delays or difficulties accessing the transfer (compared to 10 percent of cash recipients). Lessons from the Colombian government’s rapid deployment of digital payments and the consequences of the digitized UCT for benefici...
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July 12, 2022
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The Consumer Protection Research Fund is open to all academic researchers and accepts proposals for randomized evaluations of consumer protection in digital financial services in lower and lower-middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Applicants are invited to consult this Request for Proposals Overview document to better understand the policy motivation and research questions acceptable for consideration under this scheme. This call for proposals has closed as of Friday, August 19, 2022. Thank you to all who submitted applications. Please contact us with any questions.
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July 11, 2022
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La minería ilegal es prominente en todo el mundo, pero rara vez esta actividad se reporta ante las autoridades responsables de monitorearla. Colombia Mining Monitoring (CoMiMo) utiliza inteligencia artificial y tecnología satelital para localizar posibles puntos de ubicación de minas ilegales en Colombia. Usando esta tecnología, los investigadores revelaron la ubicación de minas a las autoridades locales y nacionales para medir su respuesta y determinar si esta información reduce o reubica la presencia de la minería ilegal.
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July 01, 2022
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¿Pueden los programas de formación en las industrias creativas, como la música, brindar oportunidades para ayudar a mejorar las habilidades técnicas y no técnicas de los jóvenes para estar preparados y tener éxito en la economía moderna? En Colombia, investigadoras están evaluando el impacto de un programa de emprendimiento musical y planificación de vida en el fomento del desarrollo de habilidades técnicas y blandas en los jóvenes.
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June 30, 2022

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