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, equity, and relevance of post-primary education in low- and middle-income countries.

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

Key Facts

J-PAL Global
  • Research RFP: Closed
J-PAL affiliates, post-doctoral fellows, invited researchers, and regional offices may apply. See RFP materials for full eligibility requirements.


For Researchers

Request for Proposals

The PPE Initiative has officially come to a close after wrapping up its final RFP in summer 2021. Please stay tuned for updates on future funding opportunities.

PPE Evidence Tracker

This public evidence tracker features key research outputs that have resulted from PPE-funded projects across topic areas and geographies. Learn more about results and policy takeaways from randomized evaluations in post-primary education.

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