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Research for Effective Education Programming – Africa

Generating education data, analysis, and research.

Context

The overarching purpose of the Research for Effective Education Programming – Africa (REEP-A) project is to provide the USAID Africa Bureau, overseas Missions, and partner organizations, with concrete research contributions on USAID education initiatives to inform evidence-based investment, decision-making, and the prioritization of needs.

The contract aims to improve the measurement of data related to the following development goals:

  1. Improved reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades by 2015
  2. Improved ability of tertiary and workforce programs to generate skills relevant to a country’s development goals
  3. Increased equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments for 15 million learners by 2015

REEP-A activities support USAID’s 2011 Education Strategy, which set targets for 2015 for early grade reading, workforce development, and education in crisis and conflict-affected environments.

Approach

REEP-A will contribute to USAID’s education aims in Africa by providing technical and advisory services focused on research and capacity building that intend to enhance the quality and effectiveness of USAID activities. REEP-A will provide practical and action-oriented gender-sensitive research that will be applied to both project design and implementation. In addition, REEP-A will contribute to the capacity development of education personnel and partners by enhancing the use of research in decision-making, mainstreaming the application of feedback-loops and lessons learned into project design and implementation, and expanding the evidence and knowledge base on education initiatives.

Achievements

Over the past few years, the REEP-A project has conducted a range of research activities contributing to the deliverables outlined in the scope of work. Technical work has continued, across all technical areas including, two performance evaluations for projects in Rwanda, Soma Umenye, an early grade reading initiative, and Huguka Dukore, a youth and workforce development project. Additionally, work under the Language of Instruction workstream continues through the finalization of the seminal research paper outlining the landscape of language of instruction in sub-Saharan Africa. The design of the Teacher Language and Literacy Assessment (TLLA) tool has begun with plans for piloting in October 2019. Lastly, the development of measurement tools with applicability across countries is progressing, with School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) toolkit underway. REEP-A supplies quarterly and annual reports, and country and sector-specific profiles to show detailed findings to USAID.

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