Public-Private Education in Liberia

Client: Social Finance
Location: Liberia
Sector: Education
Dates of service: September 2017 - May 2018
IDinsight service: Advisory services
IDinsight contacts:
Christy Lazicky,  Jeff McManus
Status: Complete


The Problem

In 2016, the Liberian Ministry of Education (MoE) launched Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL), a public-private partnership program aimed at improving the country’s failing education system. In Year 2 (2017-18), MoE expanded PSL to more challenging areas.


Looking ahead to Year 3 (2018-19), the MoE is considering transitioning PSL to Payment by Results (PbR) to focus providers on gains in student achievement. IDinsight was engaged to help determine how to measure performance and to design a baseline exercise against which Year 3 performance can be evaluated.

The evidence was meant to provide a baseline for assessing how the PSL program was performing in its third year and to inform a potential transition to a pay-by-results model.

Evidence Needs


IDinsight Service

IDinsight was engaged to help determine how to measure performance and to design a baseline exercise for the the third group of schools joining the Partnership Schools for Liberia program. We were going to conduct the evaluation of learning outcomes for children in schools, but ultimately decided not to move forward with this phase.


Results

Social Finance took our recommendation to not move forward with the evaluation given the uncertainty of evidence needs.