Improving Educational Quality Through Enhancing Community Participation: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment in Indonesia

48 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2011

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Menno Prasad Pradhan

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics; University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)

Daniel Suryadarma

Australian National University (ANU) - Arndt-Corden Department of Economics; SMERU Research Institute

Amanda Beatty

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Maisy Wong

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Armida Alishjabana

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Arya Gaduh

University of Arkansas

Rima Prama Artha

SMERU Research Institute

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Date Written: May 2011

Abstract

This study evaluates the effect of four randomized interventions aimed at strengthening school committees, and subsequently improving learning outcomes, in public primary schools in Indonesia. All study schools were randomly allocated to either a control group receiving no intervention, or to treatment groups receiving a grant plus one or a combination of three interventions: training for school committee members, a democratic election of school committee members, or facilitated collaboration between the school committee and the village council, also called linkage. Nearly two years after implementation, we find that measures to reinforce existing school committee structures, the grant and training interventions, demonstrate limited or no effects; while measures that foster outside ties between the school committee and other parties, linkage and election, lead to greater engagement by education stakeholders and in turn to learning. We see test score improvements in Indonesian by 0.17 standard deviations for linkage and 0.22 standard deviations for linkage election. The election intervention alone leads to changes in time household members accompany children studying per week, but this does not lead to learning. Linkage is the most cost effective intervention, causing a 0.13 change in standard deviation in Indonesian test scores for each 100 USD spent.

Keywords: education, development, school committee

JEL Classification: I25

Suggested Citation

Pradhan, Menno and Suryadarma, Daniel and Beatty, Amanda and Wong, Maisy and Alishjabana, Armida and Gaduh, Arya and Prama Artha, Rima, Improving Educational Quality Through Enhancing Community Participation: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment in Indonesia (May 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1862143 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1862143

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Amanda Beatty

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Maisy Wong

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Armida Alishjabana

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Arya Gaduh

University of Arkansas ( email )

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Rima Prama Artha

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