There are many studies that show how one intervention reduces dropouts (better access to school) or another intervention increases learning (better quality of schooling). But policymakers and others care about a combination of access and learning! So how do you choose between one intervention that says it will keep kids in school longer and another that says it will boost their learning? Presenting the results of evaluations in terms of learning-adjusted years of schooling, or LAYS, is one solution.
CGD Policy Blogs
This week the IMF released new global economic growth projections in the face of COVID-19, updating their earlier projections from June and from April before that. In recent weeks, the World Bank has also released new projections for various regions. Here are six takeaways that we gleaned from reviewing those and dozens of other projections from other organizations over the course of the year.
What Health Workers in Africa Know, What They Have to Work With, and How To Translate That into Quality of Care
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the quality of health services across many African countries was too low. In an article that is now forthcoming at BMJ Global Health, we draw on data for more than 20,000 health providers and 8,000 facilities to construct an aggregate measure of heath care readiness. What do we find?
The potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls’ education are numerous and diverse. It’s too early for us to predict with confidence the impact of the pandemic on dropouts and longer-term outcomes. But research from previous pandemics and initial findings in this one can give us clues.