Low-tech improvements to evaluation and learning: Reflections from the annual AEA conference

The best ways to improve evaluations are less technical than people think. We evaluators have an uneasy attitude to this conclusion--our livelihoods depend on maintaining the impression that we have complex technical knowledge beyond the grasp of ordinary folk. I am not going to do anything to undermine that impression, but it’s striking how much simple, common-sense approaches can improve evaluations. I recently attended the American Evaluation Associate (AEA) conference in Washington, D.C.

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Journeys through Uganda: The USAID/Uganda Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity’s (LARA) approach to stopping SRGBV in primary schools

This article was co-written by Julianne Norman and Liz Randolph, both from the International Education division of RTI International who were involved in the process described below. Journeys was launched on June 27, 2017 by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Honorable Janet K. Museveni, and the US Ambassador to Uganda, Honorable Deborah R. Malac, during the national commemoration of the Day of the African Child. It has since been rolled out to 2,600 public primary schools in Uganda.

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Collaborate, Learn and Adapt (CLA): Building an Effective M&E Culture in a Uganda Education Project

Collaborate, Learn and Adapt (CLA): Building an Effective M&E Culture in a Uganda Education Project

What does it take to get one child reading? What does it take to get millions of children reading? Accomplishing such major feats at a national scale, for instance in Uganda, requires a major team effort. It takes collaborative initiatives like supporting the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) to train over 53,000 teachers, developing and distributing over 5 million reading primers (in 12 local languages and English) and providing ongoing support to over 10,000 schools.

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New frontiers in technology for assessment in low-income contexts

Editor's Note: The following essay comes from "Meaningful education in times of uncertainty," a collection of essays from the Center for Universal Education and top thought leaders in the fields of learning, innovation, and technology.

Authors: Luis Crouch, Chief Technical Officer, International Development Group - RTI International; Carmen Strigel, Director, Technology for Education and Training - RTI International

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