Roundup of blogs and research – September 15, 2016


Indonesia Keen to Improve Access to Quality Education

The Jakarta Globe

Improving access to quality education is one of the primary challenges the Indonesian government is keen to address, delegates were told during the opening of GESS Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest education show and conference, on Wednesday (14/09). He cited the assistance of the private sector in this regard, such as initiatives in partnership with Google Educators and the British Council. During the opening ceremony of the three-day education show, leading education and industry personalities gathered to share their insights on the opportunities and challenges confronting the Indonesian education sector. This included Jakarta Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat; Tazeen Fasih, senior economist in education global practice at the World Bank, among others…


Ho Chi Minh City bans homework to primary students

Tuoi Tre News

Ho Chi Minh City is organizing a program for the 2016 –17 academic year, in which primary students will finish their studies at school and go home without homework…


PBS Documentary follows students around the world for 12 years as they fight to get basic education

The idea for this 12-year documentary project, Time for School, came after Pamela Hogan (a producer) read an op-ed in which economist Amartya Sen argued that investing in education was key to promoting a country’s economic and social growth…


Impact Evaluation in Practice, Second Edition

Gertler, Paul J.; Martinez, Sebastian; Premand, Patrick; Rawlings, Laura B.; Vermeersch, Christel M. J.

The second edition of the Impact Evaluation in Practice handbook is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to impact evaluation for policy makers and development practitioners. First published in 2011, it has been used widely across the development and academic communities. The book incorporates real-world examples to present practical guidelines for designing and implementing impact evaluations. Readers will gain an understanding of impact evaluations and the best ways to use them to design evidence-based policies and programs.  The updated version covers the newest techniques for evaluating programs and includes state-of-the-art implementation advice, as well as an expanded set of examples and case studies that draw on recent development challenges. It also includes new material on research ethics and partnerships to conduct impact evaluation.  The handbook is divided into four sections: Part One discusses what to evaluate and why; Part Two presents the main impact evaluation methods; Part Three addresses how to manage impact evaluations; Part Four reviews impact evaluation sampling and data collection. Case studies illustrate different applications of impact evaluations.  The book links to complementary instructional material available online, including an applied case as well as questions and answers. The updated second edition will be a valuable resource for the international development community, universities, and policy makers looking to build better evidence around what works in development…


The Role of Education in Peacebuilding Country Report: Myanmar

“The 4Rs framework combines social justice and transitional justice thinking to develop a normative framework for the study of education and peacebuilding, which recognises the multiple dimensions of inequality and injustice that often drive contemporary conflicts and the need to address the legacies of these conflicts in and through education…”


The returns to the quantity and quality of education: evidence for men in England and Wales

Ian Walker and Colm Harmon

Until the late 1960s, state schooling in England and Wales was determined by an ability test of pupils at age 11 which had an effect on both the quantity and quality of education. By estimating the relationship between earnings and earlier schooling during a period when school areas changed from selective to non-selective education, we consider how the returns to the quantity of education are confounded by differences in the quality of schooling and whether the effects of quality are confounded by its correlation with quantity. Our results confirm recent evidence that returns to education quantity are large and quality effects are small…


Learning Knowledge and Skills for Agriculture to Improve Rural Livelihoods

Anna Robinson-Pant | UNESCO | IFAD

This publication, Learning Knowledge and Skills for Agriculture to Improve Rural Livelihoods, offers insights into how young people in rural areas see their learning and lives, a perspective often overlooked in rethinking and enhancing learning. It is a synthesis report of country studies conducted in Cambodia, Egypt and Ethiopia within the framework of the research project on ‘Learning knowledge and skills for agriculture and rural livelihoods’ (2012–2014) designed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an education response to youth unemployment and poverty in rural areas as well as concerns about food security. By exploring what knowledge and skills for agriculture and rural livelihoods are acquired by young people, especially young women, and how, the research intends to contribute to agricultural development and rural transformation…


These jobs are set to disappear fastest in the US

America is going to see some huge employment shifts in the next decade, as in past decades, thanks above all to technology.  The biggest losers? Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, whose ranks are projected to shrink by 149,000 from 2014 to 2024…


Productivity as the Key to Economic Growth and Development

Young Eun Kim, Norman Loayza, and Claudia Meza-Cuadra

Without improvements in productivity, there is no economic growth-either sustained or inclusive. To raise productivity, four components must work together: innovation, education, efficiency, and infrastructure. Each requires contributions from the public and private sectors…


Closing the gender gap in STEM: Drawing more girls and women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Education Thematic Brief | August 2016

A growing demand for professionals in Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) is met with a significant labour shortage in these fields. Women are often underrepresented in STEM, and their low levels of participation can be traced back all the way to their school years, where a number of influences from society and culture, education and the labour market are all at play. Based on the findings of UNESCO Bangkok’s 2015 publication – A Complex Formula: Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Asia. Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Asia – this brief highlights the importance of stimulating, encouraging and supporting fair and equal opportunities for girls to engage in STEM-related subjects at school, and to draw more girls and women into STEM fields of study and professions…


5 Reasons Why School Choice is Important Right Now

By Nina Rees 09/14/2016

Though K-12 education has not registered as a hot topic on the presidential campaign trail yet, it remains a hot issue at the state and local level. In just eight weeks we’ll elect officials who, from the district to national levels, will set the education agenda and make critical decisions for our children for years to come. This year also marks a decade of Education Next’s groundbreaking public opinion polling that has seen Americans grow in their understanding of nuanced educational issues, some of which – like the opt-out movement and Common Core – didn’t even exist when the research began ten years ago…


Conducting Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA)


Calculating the cost-effectiveness of a program—for instance, dollars spent per additional day of student attendance at school—can offer insights into which programs are likely to provide the greatest value for money in given situations. Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) summarizes complex programs in terms of a simple ratio of costs to impacts and allows us to use this common measure to compare different programs evaluated in different countries in different years. It may not, by itself, provide sufficient information to inform all policy or investment decisions, but it can be a useful starting point for governments, donors, program implementers, and researchers when choosing between different programs that aim to achieve the same outcome…


When I’m Mistakenly Put on an Email Chain, Should I Hit ‘Reply All’ Asking to Be Removed?

By Daniel Victor | September 1, 2016



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