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Literacy in the Developing World
As efforts such as International Literacy Day call attention to worldwide initiatives to enhance education, Mathematica Policy Research contributes to this critical issue by evaluating the impact of literacy and education programs in developing countries.
Through our Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation (CIPRE), Mathematica conducts studies across the globe to assess the impact of programs that are designed to improve access to quality schooling. These include:
These studies build on Mathematica’s longtime leadership in education research in the United States and abroad.
Niger: Improving the Education of Girls (IMAGINE)
Mathematica designed a rigorous evaluation of the girl’s education component in Niger. The component included public awareness campaigns, local action plans, tutoring and training, incentives for school-age girls and female teachers, and construction of classrooms and latrines.
Burkina Faso: Impact Evaluation Design and Implementation for BRIGHT 1 and 2
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) sponsored the “Burkinabé Response to Improve Girls’ Chances to Succeed,” or BRIGHT program, to improve the educational outcomes of children in Burkina Faso. Its primary focus was girls, and it was implemented in 132 villages.
Impact Evaluation of Burkina Faso's BRIGHT Program
The BRIGHT program was designed to improve the educational outcomes of children in Burkina Faso. It focused on girls in particular and was implemented in 132 rural villages throughout the 10 provinces in the country where girls’ school enrollment rates were lowest.