Innovations for Poverty Action

For Evaluating A Remedial Education Program In Ghana

Despite high primary enrollment rates, less than 20 percent of third graders in Ghana are proficient readers. The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), one of QEDC’s peer foundations working in the sector, has approved a $7 million grant to support Ghana’s Teacher Community Assistant Initiative, a two-year government-backed, remedial education program that Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the government have adapted from principles established by Pratham, an anchor QEDC grantee in India. This grant will leverage CIFF’s larger investment in the Initiative to helpand support Innovations infor Poverty Action to conduct a randomized evaluation of the Initiative. The evaluation will look at the extent to which the program helps improve reading and math skills among low-performing students. If the model is successful, the Ghanaian government has committed to expanding it across the country. It is also expected that the model could be adapted for other African countries with similar low achievement among primary students.
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for general operating support  
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a nonprofit research and policy advocacy organization that conducts randomized evaluations of development interventions to help the world’s poor. In addition to sharing evidence with development practitioners, policymakers, and donors, IPA provides direct advice to decision makers on how to use the evidence. General operating support would help IPA strengthen their global research capacity, expand their policy and communications capabilities, and deepen their ability to translate evaluation findings into policy impact.
for implementing and evaluating the impact of a peer-to-peer teaching model in Kenya  
Many first, second, and third graders in Kenya are struggling to learn to read. This grant to Innovations for Poverty Action would continue to support the evaluation of a simple, low-cost method to improve reading achievement in which sixth graders tutor second and third graders to help them become more fluent readers.

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