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Open Data for Education

There’s a global crisis in learning, and we need to learn more about how to address it. Whilst data collection is costly, developing countries have millions of dollars worth of data about learning just sitting around unused on paper and spreadsheets in government offices. It’s time for an Open Data Revolution for Education.The 2018 World Development Report makes clear the scale of the global learning crisis. Fewer than 1 in 5 primary school students in low income countries can pass a minimum proficiency threshold. The report concludes by listing 3 ideas on what external actors can do about it;Support the creation of objective, politically salient informationEncourage flexibility and support reform coalitionsLink financing more closely to results that lead to learningThe first of these, generating new information about learning, can be expensive

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JOB: Research Assistant on Global Education Policy

I’m hiring a full-time research assistant based in London, for more details see the Ark website here. — Research and evidence are at the heart of EPG’s work. We have:Collaborated with JPAL on a large-scale field experiment on school accountability in Madhya Pradesh, IndiaCommissioned a randomized evaluation by IPA of Liberia’s public-private partnership in primary schoolingLed a five-year randomized trial of a school voucher programme in DelhiHelped the Ugandan National Examinations Bureau create new value-added measures of school performanceCommissioned scoping studies of non-state education provision in Kenya and Uganda Reporting to the Head of Research and Evaluation, the Research Assistant will contribute to EPG’s work through a mixture of background research, data analysis, writing, and organizational activities. S/he will support and participate in ongoing and future academic research projects and EPG project monitoring and evaluation activities.The role is based in Ark’s London office with some international travel.The successful candidate will perform a range of research, data analysis, and coordination duties, including, but not limited to, the following: Conduct literature and data searches for ongoing research projects.Organize data, provide descriptive statistics, and run other statistical analysis using Stata and preparing publication quality graphicsCollaborate with EPG’s project team to draft blogs, policy briefs, and notes on research findings.Support EPG’s project team in the design and implementation of project monitoring and evaluation planProvide technical support and testing on the development of value-added models of school qualityCoordination and update of the EPG/GSF research repositoryOrganise internal research and policy seminarsPerform other duties as assigned.

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Why is there no interest in kinky learning?

Just *how* poor are *your* beneficiaries though? In the aid project business everybody is obsessed with reaching the *poorest* of the poor. The ultra poor. The extreme poor. Lant Pritchett has criticised extensively this arbitrary focus on getting people above a certain threshold, as if the people earning $1.91 a day (just above the international poverty line) really have substantively better lives than those on $1.89 (just below).

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A Strong Start for my Preschool Students

Read more: A Strong Start for my Preschool Students

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Are good school principals born or can they be made?

Good principals can make a big difference “It is widely believed that a good principal is the key to a successful school.” So say Branch, Hanushek, and Rivkin in their study of school principals on learning productivity. But how do you measure this? Using a database from Texas in the United States, they employ a value-added approach analogous to that used to measure performance among teachers. They control for basic information on student backgrounds (gender, ethnicity, and an indicator of poverty) as well as student test scores from the previous year.

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Building Grit in the Classroom and Measuring Changes in it

About a year ago I reviewed Angela Duckworth’s book on grit. At the time I noted that there were compelling ideas, but that two big issues were that her self-assessed 10-item Grit scale could be very gameable, and that there was really limited rigorous evidence as to whether efforts to improve grit have lasting impacts. A cool new paper by Sule Alan, Teodora Boneva, and Seda Ertac makes excellent progress on both fronts. They conduct a large-scale experiment in Turkey with almost 3000 fourth-graders (8-10 year olds) in over 100 classrooms in 52 schools (randomization was at the school level, with 23 schools assigned to treatment).

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Navigating hearing disabilities in Morocco

Published with permission from Round Earth Media  By Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori RABAT, Morocco – In an inconspicuous brown building sandwiched between a tire shop and Read More

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The effects of women’s education on maternal health: Evidence from Peru

Publication date: May 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 180 Author(s): Abigail Weitzman This article examines the causal effect of women’s education on maternal health in Peru, a country where maternal mortality has declined by more than 70% in the last two and a half decades.

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What’s new in education research? Impact evaluations and measurement – March round-up

Here is a curated round-up of recent research on education in low- and middle-income countries, with a few findings from high-income countries that I found relevant. All are from the last few months, since my last round-up. If I’m missing recent articles that you’ve found useful, please add them in the comments!

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Now recruiting: WhyDev & SHE Investments Fellowship in Cambodia

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Now recruiting: SHE Investments WhyDev 2017 Fellowship

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The key to better education systems is accountability. So how on earth do we do that?

And what do we even actually mean when we talk about accountability?Perhaps the key theme emerging from research on reforming education systems is accountability. But accountability means different things to different people. To start with, many think first of bottom-up (‘citizen’ or ‘social’) accountability. But increasingly in development economics, enthusiasm is waning for bottom-up social accountability as studies show limited impacts on outcomes.

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The Top Books Read by Youth on Mobile Devices

At Worldreader, we love using data to help our readers find books they not only want to open but love to read. That’s why this year, when thinking about our top books, we decided to focus on the books that drew people in and kept them reading. One of our biggest challenges at Worldreader is that we work with a wide range of readers who hail from Lagos to Delhi and everywhere in between. These different readers naturally have different tastes and needs but the similarities are sometimes the most striking. Regional Reading Tastes Our preschoolers and their parents in Delhi tended to like beautifully illustrated, fanciful tales like the The Talkative Tortoise, a bilingual Hindi-English picture book.

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Weekly links Feb 24: school spending matters, nudging financial health, cash transfers bring…

On the 74 million blog, interview with Kirabo Jackson about the importance of school spending and other education-related discussion: “In casual conversation with most economists, they would say, “Yeah, yeah, we know that school spending doesn’t matter.” I sort of started from that standpoint and thought, Let me look at the literature and see what the evidence base is for that statement. As I kept on looking through, it became pretty clear that the evidence supporting that idea was pretty weak.” Also discussion on the need to measure things beyond test scores. IPA has a nice little booklet on nudges for financial health – a quick summary of the evidence for commitment devices, opt-out defaults, and reminders.

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