Randomised Control Trial: Year Three

The Liberian Education Advancement Program (LEAP)—formerly Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL)—is a public private partnership with eight non state actors designed to improve school management in order to bring about improved learning outcomes for students across the government school system. 

In parallel, the Ministry of Education commissioned a three year Randomised Control Trial (RCT) – conducted by the Center for Global Development and Innovations for Poverty Actiondesigned to study and measure whether LEAP improves learning outcomes. 

The final report year three report showed significantly improved learning outcomes.

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Key finding

Further findings

To Note: The RCT analyses learning outcomes of children by answering two distinct research questions. Intention-To-Treat (ITT) estimates the treatment effect of a child being assigned to a LEAP school in 2015-16. Treatment-On-Treated (TOT) estimates the treatment effect of a child having being taught at the school. ITT includes all children that were part of the study from the start, irrespective of whether they continued to attend a LEAP school, dropped out of school entirely or migrated with their families over the three-year period. The latter group (TOT) only includes those children that spent some time at a LEAP school. Using ITT changes the research question from “what was the effect of the treatment? (which TOT aims to answer)” to the quite different question of “what was the effect of being assigned to the group that was supposed to receive the treatment?” Bridge Liberia refers to TOT data in its analysis.