Shedding Light on What Works: Five Programs Reporting their Results through CEI Plus

Max Gollin

As the international community puts increased emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals, information on what works in education is more valuable than ever.  CEI Plus is a recent initiative from the Center for Education Innovations that recognizes programs that share comprehensive and up-to-date information on their program activities, monitoring and evaluation strategies, and any internal or external evidence documentation on a public platform. The initiative aims to improve transparency, accountability, and reporting practices in CEI-profiled programs. In addition to the added value of increased information sharing, CEI provides programs that submit additional data with incentives like increased visibility, priority in nomination for challenge funds, and discounts for conferences and association memberships.

Over a hundred of CEI’s featured programs have already submitted updates for CEI Plus, with more expected in the coming months.  These programs are providing invaluable information on their efforts to increase access to quality education, while at the same time continuing to make significant impacts on children’s lives around the world.

Bridge International Academies, for example, is a chain of low-cost private schools in Kenya that uses digital technology to lower costs. Because of Bridge’s use of learning technology, they are able to collect and analyze data on students’ performance and better understand what improves learning outcomes. Bridge’s results monitoring has shown over the past few years that their schools perform up to 37% higher than comparable government schools on reading comprehension.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) Mid-Day Meal Program  provides free lunch for over 1.3 million public school students in nine states in India. They have full-time employees that monitor feedback from schools and teachers as well as third-party evaluators than measure the program’s impact. The foundation has now served over a billion meals to Indian schoolchildren.

Ilm on Wheels is a math and reading program in Pakistan that sends a satellite-equipped van to public schools that provides learning technology and teacher training. The program has been evaluated based on before-and-after comparisons of classes that used the learning technology to those that did not. These evaluations showed that classes that used the van had an increase in math scores nearly three times larger than classes that did not.

Enseña por Colombia is a teaching and leadership development program that trains university graduates to teach underserved rural communities in Colombia. The program is externally evaluated by Jorge Tadeo Lozano University to measure student satisfaction and learning outcomes as well as teacher ability.

Kibera School for Girls is the first tuition-free girls’ primary school in the Kibera slums of Nairobi. The school monitors students’ performance through metrics such as test scores, graduation rates, and attendance. For example, 100% of the school’s second graders can read English at a second grade level, compared to only 14.9% of second graders nationwide in Kenya.

All of these impressive programs are reporting data that is critical for practitioners and policymakers alike.  Their results provide evidence about what works that is invaluable to everyone who is working to improve global education.  We hope this initiative encourages outstanding education programs to be open and accountable to the public while providing data that improves our collective understanding of how children learn worldwide.

The more we share, the more we can know.  And the more we know the greater impact we can achieve.

For more information on CEI Plus, click here.

Photo Credit: Akshaya Patra Foundation

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