Are we being too quick to judge Liberia’s ‘partnership schools’ pilot?

Liberia has provoked serious outrage from some quarters with its decision to enter into an agreement with private providers to run its primary schools. An official release on Liberia’s Ministry of Education website sets out the problem, saying that “42 percent of primary age children remain out of school. And most of those who are … Continue reading Are we being too quick to judge Liberia’s ‘partnership schools’ pilot?

Do phone surveys work?

A question we frequently encounter - for reasons of access, cost and reliability of data. Interesting findings therefore, in this paper studying micro-enterprises in the township of Soweto, South Africa: We randomly assign micro-enterprises to three groups, who receive are interviewed face-to-face at monthly intervals (mimicking a standard method of collecting data from micro-enterprises), face-to-face at … Continue reading Do phone surveys work?

Recap: Delhi’s #OddEven plan, in hindsight

Late last year, Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, announced a measure to tackle the severe air pollution crisis in the city. The proposal was to implement an odd-even plan for private cars on Delhi roads: cars with odd numbered registration plates would be allowed to ply on odd dates and those with even numbered registration … Continue reading Recap: Delhi’s #OddEven plan, in hindsight

Doing research? Spend more time with programme staff…

From Duncan's blog covering the paper ‘Using Participatory Process Evaluation to Understand the Dynamics of Change in a Nutrition Education Programme’, by Andrea Cornwall While it is always interesting to hear about interesting approaches to data collection and analysis - and a lot of this feeds into thoughts/reactions I had while attending (by complete happenstance) the … Continue reading Doing research? Spend more time with programme staff…