In 2011, Zambia’s Ministry of Community Development, Women and Child Health (MCDMCH) began implementing the Multiple Categorical cash transfer program in two districts. An impact evaluation with experimental design accompanied the program in order to learn its effects on recipients and provide evidence for making decisions about the future of the program. AIR was contracted by UNICEF Zambia to design and implement a randomized, controlled trial for a three-year impact evaluation of the program and to conduct the necessary data collection, analysis, and reporting.
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12 Oct 2014
Drawn from the 2014 Indicators of School Crime and Safety report, this infographic illustrates the breakdown of threats and violence against teachers. AIR has co-written the Indicators reports since 1999.
12 Oct 2014
How much graduates earn when they enter the labor market has become a hot-button issue as student debt mounts and fewer new graduates get jobs with the wages needed to pay off their loans. As this status report and these independent research findings show, the need now is for more long-term earnings data; fuller disclosure; and simpler, more accessible data presentation, so students and parents can make better decisions.
10 Oct 2014
An AIR report finds that Pennsylvania’s system for financing public schools severely underfunds many of the state’s highest need urban and rural public school districts. The report found that the average levels of both school spending and student achievement in Pennsylvania are above the national average, but fail to meet the most basic equity standards, with significant numbers of districts serving high-need populations having substantially lower per-pupil spending than surrounding districts serving more advantaged populations.
6 Oct 2014
In this blog post, Jane Coggshall explains that inequitable access is not just the result of neglect or funding disparities, but the result of a series of systemic failures, from how we prepare teachers to work in high-need schools to how we design teachers’ jobs.
6 Oct 2014
Another school year begins, and parents ask, “Will my children be safe at school?” But as Simon Robers argues, in this blog post, highly publicized school attacks and media reports of school violence skew the picture of how safe our nation’s schools really are.
6 Oct 2014
After years of talking about America’s seniors as disproportionately poor, some commentators now characterize older Americans as better off than their younger counterparts. But many still live just above the poverty line, struggling to get by on dwindling savings while paying increasingly higher medical costs. This AIR Whiteboard, narrated by Center on Aging director Marilyn Moon, presents an overview of the economic challenges seniors face today.
5 Oct 2014
In recent years, there has been an increased focus on turning around our nation’s low-performing schools, with substantial investments from the U.S. Department of Education into new and continuing awards under the federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. This brief focuses on the implementation of SIG by examining three interrelated levers for school improvement: school operational authority, state and district support for turnaround, and state monitoring of turnaround efforts.
4 Oct 2014
Some colleges are trying to walk the walk of an economically diverse student body, but some are not. In this blog post, Peter Cookson argues that colleges and universities require leadership that keeps its eye on the prize, investing in human capital with “no distinction save industry, good conduct and intellect.”
1 Oct 2014
To address serious youth violence, particularly that involving guns, Massachusetts launched the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative in 2011, providing a comprehensive public health approach to addressing young men, between the ages of 14-24, believed to be at “proven risk” for being involved with firearms.