Education ministries worldwide have promoted community engagement
through school committees. This paper presents results from a
large field experiment testing alternative approaches to strengthen
school committees in public schools in Indonesia. Two novel treatments
focus on institutional reforms. First, some schools were randomly
assigned to implement elections of school committee members.
Another treatment facilitated joint planning meetings between the
school committee and the village council (linkage). Two more common
treatments, grants and training, provided resources to existing
school committees. We find that institutional reforms, in particular
linkage and elections combined with linkage, are most cost-effective
at improving learning.
Pradhan, Menno, Daniel Suryadarma, Amanda Beatty, Maisy Wong, Arya Gaduh, Armida Alisjahbana, and Rima Prama Artha.
"Improving Educational Quality through Enhancing Community Participation: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment in Indonesia."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
National Government Expenditures and Education
Analysis of Education
Education and Economic Development
Education: Government Policy
Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration