IMPAQ works to improve the quality of education and advance education reform. We remain dedicated to providing administrators, teachers, students, parents and communities with the resources they need to be successful.
Our goal is to make children happier, safer, and more successful, ultimately bringing a brighter future to them and their families. Below are a few examples of IMPAQ’s work in International Education.
Evaluating Education Received Through Faith-based Organizations
In response to the low levels of literacy in some regions of Senegal, the World Bank (WB) and the Senegalese Ministry of Education (MoE) created a comprehensive government strategic plan to improve school governance and increase equity and access to formal education (Programme pour l’Amelioration de la Qualité et de l’Equité pour l’Education de Base, or PAQEEB).
One component of PAQEEB—Strengthening Equity and Access with “Grants for Results” Awarded to Selected Koranic Schools (also called Daaras Schools)—aims to reach children who do not typically have access to formal education. Schools that receive these grants commit to perform the following activities:
Implement the specific “Modern Daaras” math and French curriculum; and
Ensure that students achieve learning results as measured by indicators of proficiency in reading and math.
IMPAQ is conducting an impact evaluation of the Grants for Results component of PAQEEB. The goal is to determine if providing basic education through private, faith-based organizations is an effective tool to reach and increase the educational outcome of marginalized children who are disconnected from formal public schooling for cultural reasons.
Performance Evaluation of Education Programs In Africa
IMPAQ implemented a Performance Evaluation of USAID’s Education Priorité Qualité (EPQ) Program in Senegal. For the evaluation, IMPAQ conducted and analyzed data from over 50 key informant interviews and focus-group discussions with project stakeholders and beneficiaries to:
Assess the program’s progress in achieving its objectives,
Explore implementation barriers and solutions, and
Identify lessons learned and recommendations for future programming.
Monitoring and Assessing Progress and Effectiveness
IMPAQ is conducting a Baseline for Counterpart’s Food for Education Saint Louis Project funded by the USDA, using a mixed-method design to produce an information base against which to monitor and assess the program’s progress and effectiveness. This includes collecting education, health, and nutrition data on 1,080 primary school students, 1,440 mothers, and 390 teachers. IMPAQ will conduct key informant interviews and focus group discussions with key project stakeholders and beneficiaries to identify best practices and lessons learned for future interventions. In addition, IMPAQ is working closely with Counterpart to establish a rigorous, meaningful, and cost-effective program monitoring and evaluation system.
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