Governments in developing countries often support school-based management committees as a way to get parents and community members more involved in education in order to improve the quality and ensure community voices are heard. However, it’s unclear how useful these committees are and how to get them to work more effectively. This evaluation aims to measure how different approaches to boosting parental involvement work. The results will provide governments with a further understanding of what approaches can work, including whether creating virtual stakeholder networks through text messaging is effective.
Research area: Education
Evaluation Sample: 287 schools
Timeline: 2013 - 2016
Intervention: Text messages, meetings, information
Researchers: Salman Asim, World Bank; Margo Hoftijizer, World Bank; Umbreen Arif, World Bank
In Pakistan, school management committees were designed to empower communities to advocate on behalf of their children’s education, but they are largely non-functional. Policy makers are exploring new initiatives to involve local communities in schools through revitalized school management committees that help boost accountability and transparency in the education system, and make education services more responsive.