Value added measures in Uganda: assessing progress and not just results

Information about school performance can be powerful. Governments can use it to drive an accountability system, and schools can use data to identify areas for self-improvement. However, to be useful, the data need to provide fair and accurate information about school quality. In the UK, Ark’s chain of academy schools is at the forefront of… Read more


Lessons learned from introducing value added performance measures in Uganda: DFID think piece

A school’s success in promoting learning is often measured in terms of the examination results of the students. Value added measures are designed to account for the ability of a school’s intake to provide a fairer and more accurate indication of performance. They are being increasingly used to provide more accurate data about the quality… Read more


Early childhood diarrhea predicts impaired school performance

OBJECTIVE: Diarrhea is a leading cause of mortality worldwide; however, its long-term morbidity is poorly understood. Recently, early childhood diarrhea (ECD) has been associated with impaired physical fitness, growth and cognitive function 6 to 9 years later. We studied the effects of ECD on school functioning in a shantytown in northeastern Brazil. DESIGN: We administered… Read more


Demand-Side School Incentive Programmes

This report reviews the impact of demand side school incentives programmes.  It presents articles and case studies on: Cash (or in-kind) transfer programmes Vouchers Scholarships Operationalising incentive schemes Cash transfer programmes in Bangladesh showed evidence of being effective including that enrolment increased by 35% on average, attendance improved and female enrolment growth was almost twice… Read more


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