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IPA
We wanted to introduce you to one of the people behind IPA's data efforts, Joseph. (here he is waiting patiently for a farmer to come back from the fields in a study)
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @cblatts
Most studies can track impacts on people’s lives over a year or two, but what if you want to know the 5-year or 10-year implications of a policy? Does the effect disappear or get stronger over time? Their kids grow up healthier? You need to go back and find them again. (2/n)
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
So, most of the year Joseph's a farmer, but sometimes he works for us in a job you don’t read about in the academic paper, he's a “mobilizer.” 3/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
We call him a few times a year, because he’s very talented at tracking down specific people from old studies and persuading them to be surveyed again. 4/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
(This is in Uganda, BTW, but we have folks like Joseph all over). Joseph says women in particular are very mobile because of marriage and divorce, sometimes they can move far away from the last location we had for them. 5/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
“You have to go sub-county by sub-county district after district to look for them” 6/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
One time, he finally tracks down the guy he’s looking for in a bar. He was in a previous study, and now we need to do a follow-up survey with him 7/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
He’s drinking a local drink that’s drunk out of a pot with a straw, and his mouth isn’t in great shape. Looked like he hadn’t brushed his teeth in months. 8/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
He’s drunk and pretty agitated, in Joseph’s words - “The man was very harsh and furious at me” 9/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
Joseph’s job is to get him to agree to participate again in another survey. Finally the guys says he’ll agree to participate again *if* Joseph drinks with him, and passes him the straw 10/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
Puts Joseph in a bind. He was *not* sharing a straw with this guy (see above, re: state of his mouth). But he's been tracking this guy down, and needs him to participate. 11/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
Our guy sits with him and talks for about 10 minutes. Finally they strike a bargain 12/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
Gets the bartender to make a new one, and Joseph takes a sip. It's enough to satisfy the guy. 13/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
He calms down a little more, and then they talk for about 30 minutes, Joseph gets him to agree to do the survey. He books an appointment with an enumerator for early next morning – Joseph asks the guy agrees to wait to start drinking until *after* the survey – and he did! 14/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
Guy was sober when the enumerator shows up, and does the survey. Another one *not lost* to follow up. 15/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @cblatts
Joseph's been working for IPA for 11 years. In the photo above he's doing a 9-year follow-up of a he also worked on the baseline for! He's seen the people grow up over time. 16/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
He estimates he's approached 1300 people to participate in IPA studies over the years, and maybe only 90 outright refusals. He and other field workers work heroically to get the best data, and they know they're working on important problems. They *really* care. 17/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
[Side note: with the money he’s made working for IPA on the side, he bought another 1.5 acres of land and expanded his farm. He's got maybe 100 chickens. And cows, but he sold a few to pay for the dowry for his wife. 18/n]
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
IPA's got 600+ studies completed or in progress. Behind them are really dedicated people like Joseph, who cross-crosses the country on a motorcycle tracking down people and getting them to agree to tell us all about their lives. 20/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
It's hard to fathom the number of hours that go into the data collection, but everybody who goes to visit our field offices comes back blown away by their dedication 21/n
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IPA 31 Dec 17
Replying to @poverty_action
We're in the home stretch of our fundraising to make our budget for the year. We're still a few thousand short of our goal. Please help us out and support the work of Joseph and the people behind the data [end]
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