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.