Expanding Opportunities for South African Youth through Math & Science: The Impact of the Dinaledi Program


The National Department of Education has been collaborating with the World Bank since 2008 to answer the question: did and can a program like Dinaledi significantly contribute to this agenda? The team assembled test score, infrastructure, and program data to understand the evolution of the program and develop a strategy to evaluate its impact. This report summarizes the findings of a retrospective impact evaluation covering the program’s second phase of expansion in 2004 across 350 schools, and presents the estimated program effect between 2005 and 2007.
The study used a matching and difference-in-difference (DID) strategy to measure student math and science uptake and passing rates in Dinaledi schools, relative to student behavior and achievements in similar non-Dinaledi schools. The study was also able to separately identify the impact of the Dinaledi program among former Bantustan schools.


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Wednesday, 01 December 2010
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
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The World Bank and National Department of Education
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World Bank
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National Outcome 1: Improved quality of basic education.
National Outcome 5: A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.
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Evaluation Documents

File Name
- Expanding Opportunities for South African Youth through Math & Science_ The Impact of the Dinaledi Program.pdf
DIME Report on SA DINALEDI Math and Science v2 docx (3).pdf

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