Project Description

Research and Evaluation

We seek to provide robust statistical analysis of impact related to best practices in community-driven development.

To measure the impact of CDE, indicators of education-based outcomes within each area (such as test scores or school attendance, for example) are chosen. Then, outcomes in CDE schools are compared to outcomes in similar schools that were not involved in the program through a combination of difference-in-difference and propensity-score matching analysis tools. We are confident that our results related to education can be applied broadly for community-driven work in many sectors.

There is a gap in development research related to partnerships, and we intend to help fill it. Ultimately, we will measure the ability of the CDE partnership to produce projects that have a lasting impact on the outcomes of interest, regardless of what the projects are at each school. Analyses will include data on changes to education as well as changes in local community engagement, number and quality of community-driven development projects, advocacy in coordination with external partners, etc.

CDE Program Goals

  1. To measurably improve education outcomes in villages and regions with exceptionally poor education quality through project grants and local training.

  2. To expand the relevance of education at the local level through amplifying community voice in education systems.

  3. To generate potential for future growth in all sectors through increased community-driven initiative and the formalization of partnerships with the government and among schools.

  4. To provide research on community-driven outcomes that inform a broad audience of development actors.

Current Study – Singida District:

The Singida District was chosen for the first study of CDE because it is among the worst performing districts in the country at both primary and secondary levels. It has the second lowest primary school pass rate in Tanzania (39%) and the worst student-classroom ratio (122 students per classroom on average).

Selection Process:

To select schools, local facilitators use detailed school and community assessments gathered from school management committees as well district government. Schools are selected based on criteria that include classroom to enrolment ratios, student to teacher ratios, availability of water, quality of latrines and other school infrastructure, levels of previous and current external support, etc.

Current Schools:

For the current study, a short-list of 15 schools were further narrowed down to four similar schools. Two of these schools were randomly chosen to receive the CDE program first, while the other two were randomly assigned to wait for their CDE program until after the study. Though the first study is small, it serves as a learning tool to help us continuously respond to high-quality data on our impact as we grow the CDE program.