Scholarships: the impact and effectiveness for disadvantaged children and girls

This report outlines a number of different scholarship, stipend and cash transfer programmes (CCTs). Evidence on the effectiveness and impact is mixed. Most programmes increase enrolments but the impact on learning is less clear. Programmes that aimed to get girls into schools were successful in that aim. Scholarship programmes that target the poor generally have… Read more




Girls’ Education in Uganda: potential options for support by DFID Uganda

This report describes the Ugandan context and the educational context within. Under-funding, rapid expansion and inadequate management have led to low and declining education outcomes for girls and boys. DFID’s aim is to improve education for all children within DFID-supported schools, and reduce gender barriers to girls’ participation and achievement. Support from DFID can help:… Read more




School Resources and Educational Outcomes in Developing Countries: A Review of the Literature from 1990 to 2010

Developing countries spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year on schools, educational materials and teachers, but relatively little is known about how effective these expenditures are at increasing students’ years of completed schooling and, more importantly, the skills that they learn while in school. This paper examines studies published between 1990 and 2010, in… Read more




An Expansion of a Global Data Set on Educational Quality: a focus on achievement in developing countries

This paper assembles a panel data set that measures cognitive achievement for 128 countries around the world from 1965 to 2010 in 5-year intervals. The data set is constructed from international achievement tests, such as the Programme for International Student Assessment and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, which have become increasingly available… Read more




What is the relationship between school leadership and variation in learning outcomes?

These helpdesks were designed to enable an extensive search for evidence on various methods for improving learning.  There are a series of six similar reports, each is based on an edit of a literature search for their chosen method.  After the initial search had been done the search fields were expanded to include further search… Read more




Quality education for all children?

In this working paper, the authors analyse the evidence on schooling outcomes from 75 studies of a range of school interventions. The paper shows that education interventions are not only getting more children into school and keeping them there but are also helping children to learn more. There is compelling evidence of the effectiveness of conditional… Read more




2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report – Youth and skills: Putting education to work

Many young people around the world — especially the disadvantaged — are leaving school without the skills they need to thrive in society and find decent jobs. As well as thwarting young people’s hopes, these education failures are jeopardizing equitable economic growth and social cohesion, and preventing many countries from reaping the potential benefits of… Read more




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