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Connecticut 06510

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Programs: School enrollment percentages have increased in almost every world region since the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education was announced. There nonetheless remains much to be done to improve poor children’s access to education and the quality of the education received. Development interventions designed for those ends include the provision of physical infrastructure (buildings, books, supplies), involving the community in information and monitoring campaigns, and providing incentives to address both teacher and student absenteeism. Key policy questions about the effectiveness of these interventions remain unanswered. The work of IPA affiliates has focused on measuring the impact on learning that programs to increase community participation in schools, or reduce teacher absenteeism, have achieved. Future research aims to understand how best to support both policy makers and primary and secondary schools that serve poor populations.


Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a nonprofit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems, and works to scale up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors.

The second key component of IPA''s mission is replication. Agood evaluation shows whether an idea worked in a particular place andtime with a particular group of people. Replication of the analysisallows us to understand whether the same results hold in a differentcontext.  To be relevant for policy, research needs to address: Why does the program work the way it does? Can the program be scaled successfully to include a larger number of people? 

IPA disseminates information about what works, and what does not, topeople and organizations dedicated to working with the poor, so that itcan be put to practical use. IPA also works closely with policy makersand partners to design effective programs.


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