Funded by USAID, the School Dropout Prevention Pilot program was a research project aimed at finding what works in reducing school dropout rates among students in Cambodia, India, Tajikistan, and Timor Leste. The program measured data on dropout, grade completion, attendance, and performance in pilot schools and compared that data to the same indicators from non-intervention schools. It also measured changes in student, teacher, and parental knowledge, attitudes, and practices for dropout prevention. The resulting evidence was made available to USAID and education ministries so that they could better create dropout interventions that identify and support at-risk students.
STS worked with Creative Associates to provide technical assistance to the project. Specifically, STS helped lead the development and implementation of FOI tools and procedures; assisted with the development and implementation of M&E in component countries; and provided support for quality assurance efforts, including the development of tools and protocols as well as field visits to conduct training.