Post-Primary Education Initiative

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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) is now open and will close on December 10, 2017. 

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

PPE Round 9 RFP Overview

Full and Pilot Studies: Application Form and Instructions | Budget Template

Travel/Project Development Grants: Application Form and Instructions | Budget Template

Policy Outreach Support Grants: Application Form and Instructions

Co-Chairs

Rachel Glennerster (Director, J-PAL), and J-PAL affiliate Karthik Muralidharan (University of California, San Diego)

Review Paper

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)

Evaluations

To date, there are 37 evaluations funded by the initiative.

Contact

Please email PPE staff for more information.

Funding

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 GivingGoogle.org, the Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development.

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