Read the latest blogs from the IGL network.

Can we rely on retrospective data?

By Rob Fuller on Monday, 18 September 2023.

If we need to evaluate a programme for which no baseline data is available, can we fall back on asking survey respondents to recall their situation from a notional baseline? Rob Fuller, IGL's Evaluation Manager, discusses recent work suggesting that this approach may not just be inaccurate but actively misleading.

Creating opportunities to realise the innovative potential

By Nyangala Zolho on Wednesday, 9 August 2023.

The Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) is looking for experimentation partners to pilot and test interventions that look to address one of the biggest innovation challenges across developed economies: expanding and diversifying the R&D sector’s workforce and talent. We want to help grow a much needed evidence base on how to best inspire innovators of diverse backgrounds to enter and remain in innovative and high-growth sectors.

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Showing Life Opportunities: Improving outcomes in online learning at scale in High School - focus on the system

By Igor Asanov, Anastasiya-Mariya Asanov, Thomas Åstebro, Guido Buenstorf, Bruno Crépon, Francisco Pablo Flores T., David McKenzie, Mona Mensmann, Mathis Schulte on Monday, 17 July 2023.

How to organise education online when students cannot go to school? While massive online open courses struggle from low completion rates among voluntary learners, compulsory education at school demands new approaches. Our international research team had to search for these new approaches as we decided to help students in their final years of high school in Ecuador to finish school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key lessons to drive digital transformation of SMEs through the experimental approach

By Alexandra Muñoz, Marieke Goettsch, Edoardo Trimarchi on Thursday, 23 March 2023.

As digital transformation for SMEs become more important than ever, we collaborated with the Inter-American Development Bank to support policymakers in Argentina, Jamaica and Uruguay to apply the experimental approach to their technology adoption programs.