All children deserve a quality education, and STS is committed to creating evaluations that empower programs to meet every students’ needs. Below are two case studies about some of our recent work focused on gender and social inclusion.
Case Study from Ethiopia
STS is the external evaluator of the DFID-funded Girls’ Education Challenge: Supporting Transition of Adolescent Girls through Enhancing Systems project in Ethiopia.
STS led the development of the monitoring evaluation and learning framework, conducted the gender and social inclusion analysis, and worked closely with the implementer to finalize the logframe and baseline plan.
In 2018, STS conducted a baseline study, designing and testing qualitative and quantitative tools, monitoring data collection, training enumerators, and ensuring overall quality in data management, analysis, and reporting. As part of the study, STS adapted and administered Early Grade Reading and Mathematics Assessments as well as piloted and implemented newly designed Secondary Grade Reading and Mathematics Assessments. STS gained key knowledge and experience administering the ‘Washington Group Questions’ with young individuals.
STS will continue to conduct a rigorous mixed‐method, gender-sensitive evaluation over the course of the multi-year project from baseline to endline.
Case Study from Mali
STS was subcontracted to evaluate the Mali Girls’ Leadership and Empowerment through Education project, funded by USAID. This three-year project aims to increase girls’ educational opportunities. STS was responsible for managing the project’s baseline 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, and regional administrative data.
The purpose of this study was to gain a greater understanding of socioeconomic status; explore knowledge, attitudes and practice regarding girls’ schooling and gender-based violence; learn about schooling histories; and measure baseline levels of key indicators.
STS designed the study, developed data collection tools in English and French, oversaw translation to three national languages, programmed electronic tools, trained data collectors, monitored data collection, and analyzed all results for reporting.