Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Baseline Survey

Project Timing

November 2018 – June 2019

Sector

Education

Location

Tanzania

Client

Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation

Current Status

Active

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Program is a multi-country research project, co-funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Australia’s Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Through rigorous research, RISE seeks to answer the question:

“What works to improve education systems to deliver learning at scale in developing countries?”

The RISE Program aims to expand the evidence base around education reform and drive systems-level change by:

  • Commissioning high-quality research on education systems and systems-level reforms that responds to locally-identified challenges.

  • Engaging with researchers and practitioners to deliver an analytical framework to understand how education systems function.

  • Ensuring that researchers, teachers, practitioners and policymakers have the latest up-to-date information on the impact of education programs on learning outcomes.

RISE’s work in Tanzania is led by the Tanzania Country Research Team. An international team of 12 education experts from Georgetown University, the University of Virginia, Twaweza, the University of Dar es Salaam, World Bank, and the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development. In Tanzania, the RISE Country Research Team is studying the impacts of the recent education reforms in Tanzania and working to test interventions that have the potential to improve education service delivery.

EDI is responsible for conducting the baseline survey which consists of data collection in 398 primary schools and 200 secondary schools across Tanzania – and survey 6 Regional Education Officers, 44 District Education Officers, and 398 Ward Education Officers.

  • Interviews with head teachers at sample schools;

  • Interviews with teachers at sample schools;

  • Assessments with teachers at sample schools;

  • Interviews with select Grade 2, Grade 3, and Form 3 students at sample schools;

  • Student assessments with select Grade 2, Grade 3, and Form 3 students at sample schools;

  • 2 classroom observations per primary school;

  • Brief interviews with regional, district-level, and ward-level education officials in sample areas.

In addition, EDI is responsible for obtaining all necessary research clearances and permissions, programming and testing the survey tools, preparing training manuals, training survey teams and sampling school and education offices.

PROJECT UPDATE

EDI is currently engaged in the preparation activities for this project, including obtaining the required research clearances and permits, configuring, translating and testing the questionnaire tools, and setting up the relevant logistical and organisational apparatus. Soon, we will be conducting a pilot of the survey before training for the primary schools commences over three weeks in February, and will be followed by two months of fieldwork in six regions of Tanzania. Training for the secondary schools will follow the completion of primary school fieldwork in April, followed by five weeks of fieldwork.