DEEPEN Endline Evaluation Report Vol.2: Technical

Abstract:

This technical report provides answers to each evaluation question asked about the Developing Effective Private Education in Nigeria (DEEPEN) programme on the basis of research conducted by the Education Data, Operational Research, and Evaluation in Nigeria programme (EDOREN) between 2013 and 2018. DEEPEN is an innovative five-year £9.6 million programme taking a ‘making markets work for the poor’ (M4P) approach to improving education outcomes in private schools in Lagos, Nigeria. It is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by Cambridge Education. EDOREN is a five-year programme of research and evaluation on education in Nigeria, funded by DFID and implemented by Oxford Policy Management (OPM). Our overall judgement is that a market systems approach is a plausible model for improving education outcomes in contexts with large low-cost private school sectors. At this stage, however, we do not have evidence to show that these changes have improved learning outcomes and we judge that it is too early to tell whether DEEPEN will lead to changes in learning outcomes, or whether these changes will be sustainable. At present, we do not have data to indicate whether a market systems approach is sufficient to substantially improve education outcomes for the very poorest: if this is not the case, this would mean that these types of approaches would need to be complemented by improvements in public education or to integrate public financing for private education.