Category Archives: Education Service Delivery

Research shows that one of the most successful ways to change behavior is through interpersonal communication (IPC) – counseling, conversations and recommendations of correct behaviors through trusted friends, family and others within their circle of influence.  Making sure these social influencers give good advice and re-enforce positive practices, it is important that they are trained with correct information.

In research looking at early grade reading behaviors in communities, Another Option found that parents talk to other parents about ways to help their children do well in school.  We developed a Peer Education training module that social mobilizers used in Nepal to train parents on how to engage with other parents and what simple practices they can adapt to help their children learn to read and do well in school.

The module has proven to be effective in our Early Grade Reading Program in Nepal and has been adapted to fit the needs and concerns of Liberian parents, as part of the USAID Read Liberia activity.  Working with the Ministry of Education in Liberia, Another Option has pre-tested the peer education module, adapted it to the Liberian setting, and will pilot it in several communities. It is approved by the Ministry and USAID/Liberia.

We are sharing the evidence-based materials here to be used freely. However, we ask you to please give credit to USAID/Liberia and Another Option LLC when reproducing any of the materials.

Lead Trainer – Peer Education Guide

Parent Peer Interpersonal Communication Guide

How well are education and health services performing in African countries, based on results for their own people?

Another Option is pleased to announce that we’ve once again been engaged by the World Bank to help communicate the results of the Service Delivery Indicators (SDI) initiative, which provides timely, accurate and rigorous data on public spending outcomes in African countries.

While access to providers has increased, the quality of services as yet remains uneven, and the end result of transactions, including how they relate to expenditures, is tough to measure.

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Coordinated by the World Bank and in partnership with in partnership with the African Economic Research Consortium and the African Development Bank, the Indicators gather actionable data on the quality of service delivery in primary schools and at frontline health facilities across countries and over time. The coalition launched in Kenya in 2013 and recently released results of its survey in Uganda, which were welcomed and discussed by leadership and the public.

Funders include World Bank, DFID, USAID, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Brookings Institution.

Another Option designed and populated the SDI web site; developed talking points and key messages for launch events; and developed materials and visuals for launches. In this new phase, we’ll be helping SDI further develop its web site, including blogs; launch and expand its social media presence; and advance its digital communication, including designing and producing a web dashboard and application.

We’ll also be covering milestone events for SDI:  The 10th anniversary of the Indicators effort, Steering Committee meeting and the release of survey results from Nigeria in mid-March.

SDI

The World Bank launched in Nairobi today its new Service Delivery Indicators Initiative – www.sdindicators.org and @WBAfrica – a rigorous evidence-based tool that provides a status report on health and education service delivery.

Working initially in six countries – Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda, Togo, and Senegal – with plans to expand to a total of  30 African countries….SDI makes available to policy leaders and decision makers as well as the general public information (data) so they can adequately assess the quality of health and education services and help in making informed decisions related to resource allocations.

Twenty indicators – 10 in health and 10 in education –

Visit the web site – www.sdindicators.org and congratulations to WB for this unique initiative