Identifying Effective Education Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa
A meta-analysis of rigorous impact evaluations
The aim of this dissertation is to identify effective educational interventions in sub-Saharan African with an impact on student learning. This is the first meta-analysis in the field of education conducted for sub-Saharan Africa. This paper takes an in-depth look at twelve different types of education interventions or programs and attempts to not only present analytics on their relative effectiveness, but to also explore why certain interventions seem to be more effective than others. After a systematic literature review, the author combines 56 articles (containing 66 separate experiments, 83 treatment arms, and 420 effect size estimates), and I use random-effects meta-analytic techniques to both a.) evaluate the relative impact of different types of interventions and b.) explain variation in effect sizes within and across intervention types.