RISE Launch Event

Center for Global Development, Washington DC
RISE launch event/annual conference 2015

This two-day conference provided an opportunity to explore and exchange ideas related to education systems research.
(Click on speaker names to go to a copy of their presentation, or click on presentation titles to view the background paper.)


Session 1: Introduction to RISE and education systems research

Welcome: Justin Sandefur, Center for Global Development

Session chair: Clare Leaver, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

Session 2: Non-state providers

Public Private Partnerships: Impact of Public Funding on Private School Performance in Uganda by James Habyarimana, Georgetown University

Long-run Consequences of Vouchers by Michael Kremer, Harvard University

Public Private Partnerships in Pakistan by Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Pre-solicitation meeting for RISE potential bidders Including presentation on Terms of Reference and Q & A with Lant Pritchett 

Session 3: School autonomy, competition, and management

Does Greater School Autonomy Make a Difference? Evidence from a Randomized Natural Experiment in South Korea by L. Choon Wang, Monash University

An Empirical Analysis of School Choice under Uncertainty by Kehinde Ajayi, Boston University

School-Based Management, Local Capacity, and Educational Outcomes: Lessons from a Randomized Field Experiment by Moussa Blimpo, University of Oklahoma

Session 4: Comparing and evaluating systems

Learning More with Every Year: School Year Productivity and International Learning Divergence by Abhijeet Singh, University of Oxford

Policy Transfer & Guideposts for Accountability for Complex Education Reforms: Lessons from Five Countries by Alec Gershberg, The New School, New York City.

A Practical Approach to In-Country Systems Research by Luis Crouch, RTI International

Session 5 Panel: Discussion on doing systems research

  • Vicky Colbert, Fundación Escuela Nueva
  • David Evans, World Bank
  • Stephen Taylor, Department of Basic Education, South African Government

Session 6: Implementing reform

Teacher Community Assistant Initiative: Evidence from Ghana by Annie Duflo, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

From Quantity to Quality: Coalitions and the Politics of Education Reform in Latin America by Ben Schneider, MIT

Education and Human Capital Externalities: Evidence from Colonial Benin by Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton University

Session 7: Teachers

Promotion Incentives in the Public Sector: Evidence from Chinese Schools by Albert Park, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Inputs, Incentives, and Complementarities in Primary Education: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania by Isaac Mbiti, University of Virginia

Pay by Design: Teacher Performance Pay Design and the Distribution of Student Achievement by Prashant Loyalka, Stanford University

Can Better Teachers Compensate for Early Deficits? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Ecuador by Norbert Schady, Inter-American Development Bank 

Session 8: Measurement

The Consequences of Using One Assessment System to Pursue Two Objectives by Derek Neal, University of Chicago

Distorted Quality Signals: Evidence from School Markets in Chile by Felipe Gonzalez, University of California, Berkeley

The Impact of an Examination Board in Pakistan on Student Outcomes by Newman Burdett, National Foundation for Educational Research

Service Delivery Indicators by Deon Filmer, World Bank

Session 9 Panel: Reflections and the way forward for RISE

  • Luis Benveniste, World Bank
  • Robin Horn, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Elizabeth King, RISE directorate
  • Pauline Rose, University of Cambridge


Launch event - conference agenda (pdf)