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IMPAQ Your Week - November 7, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

Project Updates

IMPAQ staff recently completed the final evaluation report for the Arizona Get into Energy Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) evaluation. Team members traveled to Phoenix to present the findings to project stakeholders, including consortium colleges, industry partners, and NGOs. IMPAQ staff who worked on this effort include Amy Kracker Selzer, Eileen Poe-Yamagata, Sandeep Shetty, Raquel Sanchez, Marios Michaelides, Clancy Bertane, and Lauren Lochocki.

IMPAQ’s work on the Flip the Survey project for the Gates Foundation was recently highlighted in an article by one of our project partners, the Preva Group. “The Future of Education Surveys” by Trevor Selby explores the challenges of designing and implementing education surveys and the results of our Flip the Survey project, which combined human-centered design with an educator survey to test the idea that a high-quality survey would lead to higher response rates. Senior Research Associate Stephanie Levin led IMPAQ’s portion of the project.

Research Associate Jaime Meza Cordero recently returned from a baseline data collection site visit in Costa Rica for our Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) randomized controlled trial (RCT) impact evaluation of the Working Children and Adolescents Program. During the visit, he conducted cognitive testing, enumerator training, and a data collection pilot.

Presentations & Publications

Daniela Zapata’s article, "Early Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Medicaid Expansion and Non-Expansion States," was chosen as a featured Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) article. The article was co-authored by peers from the University of Kentucky, University of Pennsylvania, and Georgia State University and was cited by President Barak Obama in his article, “United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps.”

This Thursday, Alisú Schoua-Glusberg will present, “Cross-Cultural Questionnaire Development and Testing On Child Labor – An Analysis of the Data To Assess Differences Across Culture and Languages,” at the International Conference on Questionnaire Design, Development, Evaluation, and Testing (QDET2) in Miami, FL. The paper, co-authored by Sonam Gupta and Maurice Kugler, discusses the randomized controlled trials (RCTs) IMPAQ conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of five child labor interventions in five countries--India, Malawi, Rwanda, Ecuador, and Costa Rica.

Good News @ IMPAQ

IMPAQ recently announced the promotion of Avi Benus to Chief Executive Officer. Avi, who previously served as the President, succeeds Sharon Benus, IMPAQ’s co-founder and previous CEO. Sharon has assumed the role of Chairperson, IMPAQ International. Learn more about the change on the press release page of our website.