Participation of beneficiaries in the monitoring of public services is
increasingly seen as a key to improving their quality. We conducted
a randomized evaluation of three interventions to encourage beneficiaries'
participation to India: providing information on existing
institutions, training community members in a testing tool for children,
and training volunteers to hold remedial reading camps. These
interventions had no impact on community involvement, teacher
effort, or learning outcomes inside the school. However, in the third
intervention, youth volunteered to teach camps, and children who
attended substantially improved their reading skills. This suggests
that citizens face constraints in influencing public services. (JEL
H52, I21, I28, O15)
Banerjee, Abhijit, V., Rukmini Banerji, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster, and Stuti Khemani.
"Pitfalls of Participatory Programs: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Education in India."
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy,
National Government Expenditures and Education
Analysis of Education
Education: Government Policy
Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration