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Request for Proposals | KiuFunza Randomized Evaluation: ethnographic component

The KiuFunza randomized evaluation tests the impact of two intervention arms, full and timely capitation grant payments directly to schools and of incentive payments to teachers dependent on literacy and numeracy levels, on learning outcomes. The project is well underway, field teams are wrapping up the baseline intervention visits to primary schools. The first tranche of capitation grant payments of TZS 5,000 per pupil has been paid to the relevant schools.

KiuFunza's primary aim is to alter teacher, head teacher choice sets and behaviors, and, possibly, parent, student, local community leadership behaviors. The evaluation currently consists of a primarily quantitative approach which will be able to identify impacts at various levels through the analysis of survey data.

In several discussions on the design of KiuFunza, partners, researchers as well as Twaweza staff have expressed the wish to add to the school and household survey data collection an ethnographic study component. The ethnographic study should answer questions regarding how these stakeholders interpret and feel about the intervention. In particular, how are
head teachers interacting with (either supporting, or not) this initiative? What are teachers’ opinions regarding the interventions, how did they engage and/or change their behavior? Similarly, have parents noticed any different teaching approaches, methods; any changes in feedback from schools? What about students’ perceptions? It would be key to be open to both “positive” and “negative” reactions.

Interested individuals/organizations are expected to send in an expression of interest with an outline research proposal (max 5 pages) by Monday 5 August 2013 to apply@twaweza.org and yschipper@twaweza.org

The proposal should contain

  1. An outline technical summary explaining the approach, with discussion of issues such as choice of schools, field team candidates, organization and quality control,
  2. A financial proposal (budget) by component – the budget should be designed to be modest and realistic (eg avoid hiring 4 wheel drive vehicles)
  3. CV demonstrating evidence of qualifications, relevant work experience
  4. Two samples of papers, preferably published in peer review journals
  5. Two-three letters of recommendation

Read the full request for proposals.

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