Educational quality and community participation

  • DATE / TIME:
    2011•07•07    16:00 - 17:00

    Economist Menno Pradhan looks at the topic of improving educational quality through enhancing community participation. He covers, in particular, results from a randomized field experiment in Indonesia.

    “Improving Educational Quality through Enhancing Community Participation: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment in Indonesia”

    A presentation by Menno Pradhan, Amsterdam Institute for International Development, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    The speaker will discuss a study that evaluates the effect of four randomized interventions aimed at strengthening school committees, and subsequently improving learning outcomes, in public primary schools in Indonesia. All study schools were randomly allocated to either a control group receiving no intervention, or to treatment groups receiving a grant plus one or a combination of three interventions: training for school committee members, a democratic election of school committee members, or facilitated collaboration between the school committee and the village council, also called linkage.

    Nearly two years after implementation, it was found that measures to reinforce existing school committee structures, the grant and training interventions, demonstrate limited or no effects; while measures that foster outside ties between the school committee and other parties, linkage and election, lead to greater engagement by education stakeholders and in turn to learning.

    About the speaker

    Menno Pradhan is an economist who focuses on impact evaluation of health and education interventions in developing countries. He holds a PhD from Tilburg University, and has since then worked at the University of Amsterdam, VU University, Cornell University and the World Bank.

    For more information, see the UNU-MERIT calendar of upcoming events.