The IPA team has been successfully following up the schooling progress, self-reported sexual behavior, and childbearing outcomes of more than 70,000 pupils in 328 primary schools.
IPA has held an operational consultation after each round of data collection to review the program design and adjust or revise the evaluation tools if needed. This high level of integration ensures that the findings of the evaluation are directly available for policymakers in the Kenyan government. To enable them to truly combine scientific rigor with local knowledge and experience, and to enhance the quality of the collaboration, IPA trained International Child Support Africa(ICS) staff on a day-to-day basis in the methodology of randomized evaluation and the related skills of designing surveys, data collection, data management, and so on, thereby building a local monitoring and evaluation team from the ground by hiring and training locals. The Monitoring and Evaluation Team of ICS now has 70 members, including operations managers, surveyors, and data quality assurance specialists, whose expertise has been instrumental in the success of the project.
We have found that:
1) After two years, teacher training increased students’ tolerance toward people with HIV/AIDS.
2) Girls exposed to the program were more likely to be married to the fathers of their children.
3) Reducing the cost of education by paying for school uniforms reduced dropout rates, teen marriage, and childbearing.
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