Advanced Methods

Central to developing and implementing cost-effective, high-quality programs at scale is a profound understanding of the mechanisms through which interventions effect change. Our team is working closely with leading experts in the field of applied international development research on identifying and integrating cutting-edge methods and measures across disciplines that yield the power to explain why interventions work for whom, and under what conditions. As many of our interventions are targeted at setting-level change (e.g., classroom processes and management), many of our measurement and methods initiatives are focused at measuring and modeling the multi-level nature of the systems we study. We strive to ensure cultural relevance and meaningfulness of individual as well as setting-level measures in all of our research, requiring us to carefully chose, adapt, develop, and validate instruments. In this vein, we have projects in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chile, Ghana, Afghanistan, and Pakistan that are employing methods and measures to account for contextual factors and processes in classrooms, communities, and families. We are also in the planning stages of a research conference for 2016 on implementation science, holding a summer training institute on multi-level modeling using existing impact evaluation data, and working with our strategic partner the World Bank on identifying individual level and setting-level measures to be used in education evaluations.