August 06, 2018
Accra, Ghana

On August 6, 2018, IPA and Ghana’s Ministry of Education (MoE) partnered to host an “Evidence Day” kicking off the Ministry’s annual sector review. The event showcased the ongoing co-creation of evidence in Ghana between IPA and MoE and connected this evidence with the real-time education policymaking occurring during the week’s annual sector planning.

IPA and the MoE jointly shaped the agenda of Evidence Day, which brought together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to connect evidence with the education policy agenda in Ghana. Researchers presented rigorous, high-quality research on a range of topics relevant to education policy questions in Ghana. These included the implementation of targeted instruction programs, the impacts of teacher training on kindergarten quality, and the impacts of apprenticeships on youth employment and skill development—among many others. (A full list of presentations, with links to presenters’ slides, is available below.)

These research discussions were accompanied by Ministry officials’ presentation of the priorities of the government reform agenda and future plans. These presentations laid the foundation for parallel sessions on key sub-sectors and cross-cutting issues to improve learning outcomes that occurred in the days following.

In the days surrounding Evidence Day, IPA also convened education policymakers from several countries to enable cross-country learning on key topics related to evidence-informed policymaking. Officials from Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Zambia, Kenya, and Peru discussed strategies for overcoming challenges in different contexts on two topics: scaling targeted instruction programs within government systems, and building capacity for evidence-informed decision-making in government units.

For more information about the day's themes and goals, please see the Concept Note here



Affective wellbeing and the teaching of music in Ghanaian basic schools: a reflection
Eric Debrah Otchere
Building the Capacity of Low-Fee Private School Leaders in Ghana
Dorcas A. Aidoo, Paula A. Cordeiro
Classroom Environments and Learning in Kindergarten: Evidence from Three Districts in Ghana
Naa Dodua Dodoo, J. Joana Kyei, Pearl Kyei, Nana Yaa Nyarko
Collaborating to Use Evidence in Policy
Annie Duflo
Evaluating the Fast-Track Transformational Teaching Program
Madeleen Husselman, Sharon Wolf
Experimental Impacts of the ‘Quality Preschool for Ghana’ Interventions on Teacher Professional Well-being, Classroom Quality, and Children’s School Readiness
Edward Tsinigo, Sharon Wolf, J. Lawrence Aber, Jere R. Behrman
Impact of Tusome: Evidence from the national scale-up of a tested literacy program in Kenya
Brown Bully Onguko, Benjamin Piper
Inclusive education, a means of improving educational accountability: Exploring the attitudes of Ghanaian teachers towards inclusive education
Paul Kwame Butakor
Language Mapping Study in 100 Districts of Ghana
Charles Owu-Ewie, Guitele Nicoleau
Music and Factual Recall: Towards Consolidating the Evidence
Eric Debrah Otchere
Outsourcing Service Delivery in a Fragile State: Experimental Evidence from Liberia
Justin Sandefur
Mauricio Romero, Wayne Aaron Sandholtz
Readability of Senior High School (SHS) English and Social Studies Textbooks in Ghana: Implications for Textbook Development in Ghana
Charles Owu-Ewie
Returns to Apprenticeship Training? Experimental Evidence from Ghana’s National Apprenticeship Program
Morgan Hardy, Isaac Mbiti, Jamie McCasland, Charles Sefenu, Kym Cole
Roll Call: Getting Children Into School
Bethany Park
Teacher Rationalization Study: Equity and Efficiency Analysis in Ghana's Public Primary Schools
Mohammed Dawuda
Transforming Teacher Education & Learning (T-TEL): The Effectiveness of Cluster Mentor Training by Colleges of Education
Emma Murumbe Fynn
Translating Information into Action: The School Choice Process in Ghana
Adrienne M. Lucas
Trends in Performance of WASSCE Candidates in the Science and Mathematics in Ghana: Perceived Contributing Factors and the Way forward
Might K. Abreh
Using Synthesised Evidence to Improve Education
Birte Snilstveit