A Proposal for Preparation Activities to Develop an Evaluation Study of Prajayatna's Project

Title: A Proposal for Preparation Activities to Develop an Evaluation Study of Prajayatna's Project
Principal Investigator: John Shoven
Dates: March 1, 2009 - July 31, 2009
Full Title: A Proposal for Preparation Activities to Develop an Evaluation Study of Prajayatna's Project: "Facilitating a Systemic Change Towards Improving the Quality of Government Schools in Karnataka"

Sponsor: Hewlett Foundation

Funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Global Development Program, the Non-government Organization (NGO) Prajayatna is initiating a project to improve the quality of government schools in 11 districts of Karnataka, India. In conjunction with this project, the Stanford Center for International Development (SCID), in partnership with institutions in Bangalore, proposes to conduct an evaluation study with the objective of assessing the effect of the project on intermediate outcomes such as community involvement in schools as well as final outcomes such as school enrollment, retention and learning achievement.

The questions which can be addressed through an evaluation study depend on the extent to which the design of the program can accommodate the needs of the evaluation study. This, in turn, requires discussions with Prajayatna and collaborating institutions in India regarding the method by which "treatment" and "control" schools and village governments (Gram Panchayats) are to be selected, the phasing of the program across baseline surveys of relevant institutions and of households, and the identification of relevant measures to evaluate the success of the program. Thus, prior to submitting a proposal for the evaluation study, it is desirable to conduct a planning exercise which will facilitate the preparation of the final proposal.