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Issue Brief

Combating Child Labor in Ecuador

Title
Combating Child Labor in Ecuador
Location(s)
Columbia, MD
Date
May, 2017
Market
Workforce Development
Education
Practice Areas
Child Labor, Youth & Workforce Development
Forced Labor
Services
Mixed Method Evaluations
Policy/Program Analysis
Client
US Department of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB)
Methodologies
Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)

This issue brief details IMPAQ’s evaluation of the Young Potential Development (YPD) program implemented by YPDE. This education program is designed to foster a dynamic learning environment and improve youth’s self-efficacy, empathy, conflict resolution, and soft skills. It is part of a large-scale effort by the Secretary of Education to reduce school dropouts, teen pregnancies, violence at home, gang activities, and substance abuse.

IMPAQ’s evaluation will assess to what extent the program is able to prevent drop-out students from participating in gang violence, drug trafficking, or prostitution and prepare them to obtain safe employment opportunities. Our randomized control trial randomly assigns school classes into treatment classrooms (taught by an YPD-trained teacher) and control classrooms (taught by a non-YPD teacher).

After the intervention, we can evaluate differences in the treatment and control group’s education and labor market outcomes.

This evaluation is part of a cross-country series of ILAB evaluations that IMPAQ is conducting in India, Costa Rica, Rwanda,and Malawi.