Research grants 2016 call

The ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme – 2016 call had a thematic focus on 'accountability' – how do accountability relationships and processes within developing country education systems enable or inhibit the raising of learning outcomes?

The following grants were funded under this call:

  • Accountability, capacity and trust to improve learning outcomes in South Africa; a systems approach
  • Accountability for gender equality in education: Critical perspectives on an indicator framework for the SDGs
  • Can schools' accountability for learning be strengthened from the grassroots? Investigating the potential for community-school partnerships in India
  • Disadvantage and participation accountability processes: Theory and evidence from school development and management committees in Karnataka, India
  • Improving learning: Developing measures of accountability and evaluating their association with students' gains in achievement in Nepal
  • Making the elementary schooling system in India work for disadvantaged learners: a cross-scalar comparative study of accountability relations
  • Organisational perspectives on accountability and learning (OPAL): School management models and the social impact of schooling in Mumbai and Kathmandu
  • Partnership schools for Liberia: Impact on accountability mechanisms and education outcomes
  • Strengthening schools accountability mechanisms through participation: Addressing education quality and equity in Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Technology, monitoring and teacher support in Niger

Research grants 2015 call

The 2015 call of the ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes programme focused on the theme of 'challenging contexts' - where education systems face particular challenges, what enables or inhibits the raising of learning outcomes. The following grants were funded under this call:

  • Inclusive higher education learning outcomes for rural and township youth: developing a multi-dimensional capabilities-based higher education index (Melanie Walker, University of the Free State)
  • Facilitating Innovative Growth of Low Cost Private Schools: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan (Asim Khwaja, Harvard University)
  • Investing in our Future: The Early Childhood Intervention and Parental Involvement in Bangladesh (Asadul Islam, Monash University)
  • Succeeding Against the Odds: Understanding resilience and exceptionalism in high-functioning township and rural primary schools in South Africa (Servaas van der Berg, Stellenbosch University)
  • Multilingualism and Multiliteracy: Raising learning outcomes in challenging contexts in primary schools across India (Ianthi Maria Tsimpli, University of Cambridge)
  • Education systems, aspiration and learning in remote rural settings (Nicola Ansell, Brunel University London)
  • Improving school governance and learning outcomes at scale: A randomized evaluation of the Madhya Pradesh School Quality Assessment program (Karthik Muralidharan, Institute for Financial Management and Research)
  • AFLA - Assessment for Learning in Africa: Improving Pedagogy and Assessment for Numeracy in Foundation Years (Therese Hopfenbeck, University of Oxford).

The Impact Initiative website launch

To maximise the potential for uptake and impact of research from two ESRC-DFID co-funded programmes, including the Raising Learning Outcomes programme, in spring 2015 we appointed the Impact Initiative to support this process. Over the next four years the Initiative - a partnership between the Institute of Development Studies and the University of Cambridge’s Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre - will work at a programme/cross-grant level to add value to the successful impact-promoting activities already undertaken by individual research teams. 

The Initiative website was launched in November 2015.