John Branch.

Innovations for Poverty Action - New Haven, CT

Project Description

Strong/Gault Social Advancement Internship Grant Recipient

“I sincerely thank the Strong-Gault family for their willingness to support my internship at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), as well as the summer opportunities for several other Bowdoin students, which I’m sure were just as rewarding.”

As an intern returning for a second summer, I was seeking to expand a knowledge base that I’d begun to form last summer, while also taking advantage of my existing relationships at the organization to do new, more advanced work and learn about IPA on a deeper level. In both of these areas, I feel like this summer was a success.

One of my primary responsibilities was to write “project summaries” for some of the projects that IPA has completed recently. Most of IPA’s projects take the form of a randomized controlled trial, the type of experiment usually done in medical research, but in a social science context. The results are then published in lengthy papers in economics or political science journals. For example, one of the summaries I wrote was of a project that tested the effectiveness of a text-messaging program that lets villagers in Uganda send messages directly to their representatives in parliament. It was my job to distill the policy lessons from each project to a brief, digestible summary that a government minister in Uganda or an investor interested in the mobile market in East Africa could use to help them make informed decisions.

Project Details

  • Date November 9, 2014
  • Tags 2014, Social Service, Sophomore, Strong/Gault, USA
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