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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is an American non-profit research and policy organization founded in 2002 by Yale economist Dean Karlan.
Since its foundation, IPA has worked with over 400 leading academics to conducted over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. The organization also manages the Progress out of Poverty Index.
IPA conducts randomized controlled trials (RCTs), along with other types of quantitative research, to measure the impacts of development programs in sectors including microfinance, education, health, peace & recovery, governance, agriculture, social protection, and small and medium enterprises. Its partner organizations include over 400 governments, nonprofits, academic institutions, foundations, and companies.
IPA was founded in 2002 by Dean Karlan, an economist at Yale University, as a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between academia and development policy. IPA is a 501 (c)(3) organization headquartered in New Haven, CT with over 1000 colleagues working on projects in 51 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America.
IPA is a research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor.