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In Vietnam (2012 – present), STS has a subcontract with SOFRECO, a French development organization, under World Bank funding, to lead a team of assessment professionals to:
- Analyze the data from a 2011 national student assessment.
- Write the technical report.
- Produce modules for Vietnamese educators (officials, school directors, and teachers) to use the data for improving student learning.
The analysis and reports involve collaborating with a team from the Vietnam Institute of Education (VNIES) and the Australian Center for Educational Research (ACER) to produce high-quality documents that will be distributed nationally and internationally.
STS is providing expertise in project management, research design, psychometrics, statistical analysis, and the development of teachers’ guides.
Cambodia, East Timor, India, and Tajikistan (2010-present):
STS has a sub-contract with Creative Associates International on the three-year USAID-funded School Dropout Prevention Project, or SDPP. The project’s goal is to conduct research and pilot interventions related to student dropout in the four countries.
STS is supporting Creative Associates and another U.S.-based subcontractor, Mathematica Policy Research, on several activities:
- Conducting a global literature review on the problem of children dropping out of school
- Performing needs assessments in each of the four countries to determine the most relevant factors in preventing student dropout
- Designing pilot interventions for the four countries to help schools and communities to keep children in school
- Conducting impact evaluations of the pilot interventions using randomized control trials.
STS is collaborating with ministries of education and local partners in each of the countries on the activities. Results of the assessments, piloting, and evaluations will be used to expand successful interventions in the area of student dropout prevention in USAID’s global programming.