The Hewlett Foundation supported Results for Development Institute in this evaluation of citizen-led assessments of learning. The Foundation’s Global Development and Population Program has funded citizen-led assessments as a central part of our Quality Education in Developing Countries Initiative and continues to do so as a way of measuring children’s basic reading and math abilities while engaging citizens in carrying out the assessments and encouraging a broader conversation about learning outcomes in the field of international development and the countries where the assessments take place. Results for Development Institute evaluated four such assessments as part of this study: the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) in India, Beekunko in Mali, Jàngandoo in Senegal, and Uwezo in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The evaluators aimed to answer three key questions about the assessments:

1. How well do citizen-led assessments measure learning?
2. How well do citizen-led assessments process work?
3. How well do citizen-led assessments stimulate awareness and action about learning outcomes?

In addition to findings related to these questions, the evaluation report contains recommendations for improving both existing and new citizen-led engagements.

The report is available in English and French.

Global Development and Population Program Officer Dana Schmidt also wrote a blog post about the evaluation’s findings,