Pratham, a large education NGO in India, developed the Teaching at the Right Level (TARL) methodology to improve learning outcomes in India. For more than a decade, Pratham and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab have contributed to the recognition of this methodology as an evidence-informed approach for improving children’s learning outcomes.
This brief tells the story of how impact evaluation evidence informed the scale-up of a government-led TARL model in India and other countries. It also delves into the numerous factors that influenced evidence use in decision-making. This example offers some instructive reminders: (1) evidence of effectiveness does not automatically lead to use; (2) evidence use is not linear or driven by evidence alone; and (3) multiple studies that build from one to the other and are implemented in a variety of settings facilitate decisions to adopt, pilot or scale-up.
In South Africa, 78 per cent of the children in fourth grade struggle to understand the meaning of what they read. An evaluation of the Early Grade Reading Study provides evidence that can help decision makers respond to this reading crisis.
This brief describes how a supportive policy context, strong relationships and wide engagement with decision-makers helped rigorous evaluation findings spur evidence-informed innovation in regulating industrial pollution.
The brief highlights the importance of fully considering the political economy context in evaluation design. It also examines a range of contributory factors for evidence use. Evaluation champions who can influence change are important.
In Uganda, vitamin A deficiency is a health challenge, with 28 per cent of preschool children estimated to be deficient. To address this issue, the international organisation HarvestPlus has been promoting vitamin A-enriched orange sweet potato (OSP) to improve the diets of the poor.
The brief highlights stakeholders’ uptake and use of study findings of an impact evaluation of, SASA!, a community-based programme to prevent violence against women. It also identifies the main factors, which, together with evidence, facilitated uptake and use.