Post-Primary Education Initiative

Post-Primary Education Initiative

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 6th Round Request for Proposals (RFP) closed on May 2, 2016, and the 7th Round RFP is tentatively scheduled for fall 2016.

The PPE Initiative aims to generate a body of rigorous evidence through systematic research on open questions in secondary, vocational, and tertiary education. 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.

RFP and Application Documents

PPE Round 6 RFP Overview

Full and Pilot Studies: Application Form and Instructions | Budget Template

Travel/Project Development Grants: Application Form and Instructions | Budget Template


Rachel Glennerster (Director, J-PAL), and J-PAL affiliate Karthik Muralidharan (University of California, San Diego)


Support 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.

Review Paper

Expanding Access and Increasing Student Learning in Post-Primary Education in Developing Countries: A Review of the Evidence, by Abhijit Banerjee, Paul Glewwe, Shawn Powers, and Melanie Wasserman (Version of 2013-04-09 - PDF)

Executive summary (PDF)


To date, there are twenty-four evaluations funded by the initiative.


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