PSIPSE Learning Products

PSIPSE 2016 Monitoring report

Mathematica undertook an initiative-wide monitoring effort, “The PSIPSE: 2016 Monitoring Results,” to take stock of ongoing PSIPSE interventions and identify areas for improvement. The findings reveal positive early returns on program activities and suggest how international secondary education program implementers and policymakers can promote positive outcomes in the future.


Literature Review 

This review summarizes the findings from a growing body literature, focusing on rigorous studies that quantify the magnitude of the impacts by using a credible comparison group to isolate the effects of an intervention from (1) other changes in the prevailing environment that occurred over time and (2) pre-existing differences between groups. Drawing on previous systematic reviews, updated with recent additions, we highlight what is known and identify the gaps that remain.

PSIPSE: Approach-Portfolio-MEL Framework

Mathematica Policy Research started working with the PSIPSE in late 2014 as its learning partner. In this brief, we share our independent analysis of the PSIPSE approach to effecting change in secondary education—starting with the partnership’s theory of change, countries of focus, and interventions supported. We end by presenting the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) framework developed for the PSIPSE and distilling some implications of our analysis for the future.


Regional Learning Partner Reports

Learning partners developed various analytical reports on country or regional themes and challenges in secondary education and a report mapping the themes and approaches used by each project. Below are links to the series of themes and challenges reports authored by local learning partners:

CSSEPA Reports - East Africa:

CSM Reports - India:

TEP Centre Reports - Nigeria:

Grantee Publications

White Papers 

White Papers in Support of Secondary Education in Developing Countries

The following reports speak to the promise held in expanding educational opportunities at the secondary level in developing countries. These documents make clear that while gains in enrollment have been significant, access continues to be a challenge acutely felt in particular regions and countries of the developing world and that gaps persist in the quality of learning.

From the Field


In the Media