Post-Primary Education Initiative  


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J-PAL’s Post-Primary Education (PPE) Initiative funds randomized evaluations that develop and test innovative solutions for improving access, quality, and relevance of post-primary education in developing countries. The PPE Initiative aims to generate a body of rigorous evidence through systematic research on open questions in secondary, vocational, and tertiary education. These knowledge gaps include questions about pedagogy, the role of information communication technology, the design of teacher incentives, strategies to include and support disadvantaged students, the role of private schools, and mechanisms to increase the demand for schooling among students and their parents. 

Through dissemination of findings to policymakers, and by providing support for the scale-up and replication of successful programs, the PPE Initiative will help translate this evidence into concrete policy change.

PPE Initiative co-chairs are Rachel Glennerster (Director, J-PAL); Karthik Muralidharan (University of California, San Diego); and Philip Oreopoulos (University of Toronto). Funding support for the PPE Initiative is provided by Echidna Giving, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development. For more details, please email