Reading for Success – Small Scale Experimentation Activity was a two year activity designed to reinforce ongoing collaborations between USAID/Morocco and the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to improve reading instruction in targeted primary schools in Morocco.
STS provided technical assistance to Chemonics on the project’s internal evaluation by designing a longitudinal study through a collaborative process with partners, supporting the development of a statistically significant sampling plan, adapting and finalizing the EGRA and SSME survey, leading enumerator trainings, supervising data collections, and conducting data analysis and reporting of all results.
STS led an adaptation workshop in December 2015 at the Centre des Formations et des Rencontres Nationales (CFRN) in Rabat, Morocco to develop two equated versions of the EGRA and SSME tools in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Government officials, curriculum experts, and teachers were invited to attend the workshop and adapt the EGRA and SSME tools for Grades 1 and 2 to the Moroccan context, under the guidance of STS’s workshop facilitators with expertise in EGRA adaptation.
STS also conducted enumerator training of approximately 50 enumerators at four time points (baseline, midline 1, midline 2, and endline) over a two year period. Enumerators were trained to administer all six EGRA subtasks on tablets using the electronic data capture application Tangerine.
Following each enumerator training, STS oversaw the data collection in 90 schools across eight regions of Morocco and assured data quality and security by monitoring incoming data on a daily basis. Upon completion of each data collection, STS conducted data analysis and reporting on the longitudinal data.