In 2017, Mathematica offered a two-day training on impact evaluations of social programs for 50 government officials in Mexico City. The main objective was to the build capacity of government officials to conduct impact evaluations that generate evidence for policymakers.
We are working on a number of interventions related to education for children and youth. Several of these projects assess program impacts on early-grade reading and math performance; others seek to reduce school dropout or support progression to secondary and/or tertiary education.
Workshop on Evaluation in Mexico City
Soma Umenye, Literacy Enhanced Across Rwanda Now
The Soma Umenye program, formerly known as Literacy Enhanced Across Rwanda Now (LEARN), aims to improve local language reading skills of children in the first three years of primary school. It is being implemented in all public and public-assisted primary schools in Rwanda in three phases.
Tanzania Early Childhood Learning Agenda
Quality pre-primary education is seen as the cornerstone of an effective education strategy in Tanzania. The Tanzania Primary Education Development Plan III (PEDP) 2012–2016 and the new draft, Education Sector Development Plan 2016/2017–2020/2021, articulate core priorities and strategic direction.
China: Advancing the Measurement and Development of Students' Non-Cognitive Skills
Mathematica is partnering with the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) at Jinan University (Guangzhou, China) on three projects related to the measurement and development of various cognitive and noncognitive skills.
Teach for All Research & Evaluation Guide
Mathematica collaborated with Teach For All to develop a research and evaluation (R&E) guide with the goal of helping its partner organizations develop, implement, and promote their R&E systems. The guide provides concrete assistance on “right-fit” monitoring and evaluation systems for partners.
Jordan Monitoring and Evaluation Support
Mathematica is evaluating the Early Grade Reading and Math Project in primary schools in Jordan. RAMP aims to improve teaching and learning practices, facilitate community engagement, and improve early grade learning outcomes among Jordan’s students in kindergarten through third grade.
Morocco: Secondary Education Activity for Employability Project
Mathematica is conducting a performance evaluation and an impact evaluation of the Secondary Education Activity in Morocco which aims to improve economic growth through policy and institutional advancements that address issues related to supply and demand in the labor market.
Georgia: Performance Evaluation of the Workforce Development Project
Mathematica is conducting a mixed-methods performance evaluation of the entire industry-led skills and workforce development project in the Republic of Georgia. It aims to increase the supply of Georgians with technical skills through investments in technical and vocational education and training.
Guatemala: Improving Secondary Education and Youth Workforce Development
Mathematica is conducting impact and performance evaluations to assess programs to improve secondary education and help develop the youth workforce in Guatemala.
The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education
PSIPSE is a multidonor collaborative that works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Mathematica supports the collaborative in implementing the monitoring framework and preparing briefs and presentations to share PSIPSE’s vision.
Niger: Improving the Education of Girls (IMAGINE)
Mathematica designed a rigorous evaluation of the girl’s education component in Niger. The component included public awareness campaigns, local action plans, tutoring and training, incentives for school-age girls and female teachers, and construction of classrooms and latrines.
Georgia: Impact Evaluation of the General Education Project
The Millennium Challenge Corporation supported Georgia’s Improving General Education Quality Project. This project involved training of STEM teachers and improvements to school facilities. Mathematica’s study required multiple evaluation designs and data collection activities
Burkina Faso: Impact Evaluation Design and Implementation for BRIGHT 1 and 2
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) sponsored the “Burkinabé Response to Improve Girls’ Chances to Succeed,” or BRIGHT program, to improve the educational outcomes of children in Burkina Faso. Its primary focus was girls, and it was implemented in 132 villages.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Learning Partnership
Mathematica is designing and implementing a monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, a program designed to develop young leaders.
Niger: Education and Community Strengthening Impact Evaluation
The Niger Education and Community Strengthening program seeks to improve educational opportunities available to children while strengthening links between local communities and state structures. Mathematica is designing and conducting a rigorous evaluation of the initiative.