Eight new grants have been awarded funding through the ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes programme. The 2015 call focused on the theme of ‘challenging contexts’, where education systems face particular issues and what enables or inhibits the raising of learning outcomes. The following grants were funded under this call:
- Inclusive higher education learning outcomes for rural and township youth: developing a multi-dimensional capabilities-based higher education index (Melanie Walker, University of the Free State)
- Facilitating Innovative Growth of Low Cost Private Schools: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan (Asim Khwaja, Harvard University)
- Investing in our Future: The Early Childhood Intervention and Parental Involvement in Bangladesh (Asadul Islam, Monash University)
- Succeeding Against the Odds: Understanding resilience and exceptionalism in high-functioning township and rural primary schools in South Africa (Servaas van der Berg, Stellenbosch University)
- Multilingualism and Multiliteracy: Raising learning outcomes in challenging contexts in primary schools across India (Ianthi Maria Tsimpli, University of Cambridge)
- Education systems, aspiration and learning in remote rural settings (Nicola Ansell, Brunel University London)
- Improving school governance and learning outcomes at scale: A randomized evaluation of the Madhya Pradesh School Quality Assessment program (Karthik Muralidharan, Institute for Financial Management and Research)
- AFLA - Assessment for Learning in Africa: Improving Pedagogy and Assessment for Numeracy in Foundation Years (Therese Hopfenbeck, University of Oxford).
The grantees will be welcomed into the Impact Initiative later in 2016.
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