OISE offers consulting and commissioned research. Areas of expertise include:
Qualitative & Quantitative Data Analysis
Some of our recent consulting projects
Evaluation of the UNICEF Child-to Child Programme in Ethiopia
August 2013 - January 2014
In Ethiopia, approximately 22% of children have access to early childhood education in formal preschools. Since 2009, the Government of Ethiopia, with support from UNICEF, has been implementing the “Getting Ready for school: Child-to-Child Programme” in hundreds of schools nationwide thus providing early childhood care and education (ECCE) to more marginalized or disadvantaged populations. The Child-to-Child Programme aims to prepare young children for primary school by developing their school readiness skills, by engaging families and other community members as partners in children’s development, and by improving schools’ abilities to effectively engage their youngest learners. A team, led by OISE, will evaluate the Child-to-Child Programme by conducting child assessment, parent interviews, as well as surveys with teachers and students in grades 5 and 6 who, as “young facilitators”, help pre-school children acquire early literacy and numeracy skills.
Evaluation of the MasterCard Foundation Scholarships Program, EARTH University
April - August 2013
An evaluation team from OISE led by Joseph Flessa from LHAE was contracted by the MasterCard Foundation to conduct a process evaluation of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program at EARTH University, which provides scholarships to financially disadvantaged students from Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. During the evaluation, four main categories of Relevance; Efficiency; Effectiveness; and Sustainability were investigated in addition to more than three dozen sub questions on EARTH programming and MasterCard Foundation Scholars’ Experiences. The evaluators interviewed professors, staff, students, and graduates of the university in one-on-one and focus group formats in English and Spanish. In addition to conducting an online survey of all MasterCard Foundation Scholars, the lead researchers lived on the campus for 12 days, attending classes and work experiences, and visiting a Spanish program host family and graduate’s business.