STS was a subcontractor to EdIntersect for the Mali Girls’ Leadership and Empowerment through Education (GLEE) project, funded by USAID and implemented by Winrock. This three-year project aimed to increase girls’ educational opportunities in the Mopti and Kayes regions of Mali.
STS was responsible for managing the baseline study for this project by collecting and analyzing data from a household survey of parents and girls aged 8-18 in 80 villages, an inventory of all 272 schools in the project area, and regional Ministry of Education administrative records. The purpose of this study was to gain a greater understanding of socioeconomic status; explore the knowledge, attitudes, and practice regarding girls’ schooling, learn about schooling histories of households; and measure baseline levels of key indicators for community residents and schools.
STS designed the study, developed data collection tools in English and French; oversaw translation to Bambara, Soninke, and Peul; programmed the tools electronically; trained data collectors on random route sampling procedures and electronic data collection; monitored data collection; and analyzed all results for the baseline study report.