The Strengthening Education Systems for Improved Learning (SESIL) program aims to improve learning outcomes for primary school children in Uganda by strengthening the capacity of education delivery systems at the national, regional, and district levels. The four-and-a-half-year project supports professional development, research, and assessment methods to create a motivated and skilled workforce of teachers and managers as well as strengthen accountability, planning, and policy implementation.
STS assisted the SESIL program team at the program inception stage in the development of a theory of change—a tool that illustrates how planned activities are intended to produce their desired outcomes. To do this, STS attended a 3-day participatory program planning workshop in Uganda, then facilitated a 2-day session where senior program staff identified key inputs and strategies, outcomes, and desired impacts for the program. The resulting theory of change was used as a basis for structuring ongoing program design, monitoring, and evaluation decisions.