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What Works Best in Education for Development: A Super Synthesis of the Evidence

20 July 2017

Summary of publication

There are things that every policy maker and development partner working in the field of education want to know: what works?  What are the best ways to get kids into school, keep them there, and learn?  Which options have the best evidence of their effectiveness?  And what are the costs?

This ‘Super Synthesis’ of the evidence draws from 18 systematic reviews, meta-analyses and comparative reviews of ‘what works’ in education for development.  Collectively, these reviews bring together the key findings from more than 700 rigorous studies and their supporting research.  By condensing this vast literature into an eight-page operational guideline, the Super Synthesis identifies which interventions have the greatest impact on student learning and education participation in developing country contexts. 

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Last Updated: 20 July 2017

Category: Aid

Topic: Education