Post-Primary Education Initiative
J-PAL’s Post-Primary Education (PPE) Initiative funds randomized evaluations that develop and test innovative solutions for improving access, quality, and relevance of post-primary education in developing countries. The PPE Initiative 9th Round Request for Proposals (RFP) closed on December 10, 2017. The 10th RFP will be released in February 2018.
The PPE Initiative aims to generate a body of rigorous evidence through systematic research on open questions in secondary, vocational, and tertiary education. Knowledge gaps include questions about pedagogy, the role of information communication technology, the design of teacher incentives, strategies to include and support disadvantaged students, the role of private schools, and mechanisms to increase the demand for schooling among students and their parents.
RFP and Application Documents
Policy Outreach Support Grants: Application Form and Instructions
Expanding Access and Increasing Student Learning in Post-Primary Education in Developing Countries: A Review of the Evidence, by Abhijit Banerjee, Paul Glewwe, Shawn Powers, and Melanie Wasserman (Version of 2013-04-09 - PDF)
Executive summary (PDF)
To date, there are 37 evaluations funded by the initiative.
Please email PPE staff for more information.
Support in Phase I of the PPE Initiative (Rounds 1-7) was provided by Echidna Giving, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development. Support for Phase II of the PPE Initiative (Rounds 8-13) is provided by Echidna Giving, Google.org, the Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development.