ImpactMatters is a new nonprofit founded by Yale economist Dean Karlan to solve two critical gaps in the nonprofit sector. First, nonprofits that want to be more evidence-based in their work often do not have the expertise or guidance to figure out how. Second, while we now know a lot more than a few decades ago about what does and does not work, for example to increase literacy or reduce child deaths, it is often difficult to map that evidence-base to nonprofits. Impact Matters will offer "impact audits" to nonprofits to (1) give them feedback about how they can improve their work, and (2) certify evidence-based nonprofits to funders. The project is being run out of IPA while ImpactMatters gets its 501c3 status.
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to design an information management system to facilitate management across country offices
for general operating support
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a nonprofit research and policy advocacy organization that conducts randomized evaluations of development interventions to help the world’s poor. In addition to sharing evidence with development practitioners, policymakers, and donors, IPA provides direct advice to decision makers on how to use the evidence. General operating support would help IPA strengthen their global research capacity, expand their policy and communications capabilities, and deepen their ability to translate evaluation findings into policy impact.
for implementing and evaluating the impact of a peer-to-peer teaching model in Kenya
Many first, second, and third graders in Kenya are struggling to learn to read. This grant to Innovations for Poverty Action would continue to support the evaluation of a simple, low-cost method to improve reading achievement in which sixth graders tutor second and third graders to help them become more fluent readers.