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Impact Evaluation of Niger's IMAGINE Program


  • Anca Dumitrescu
  • Dan Levy
  • Cara Orfield
  • Matt Sloan


This report documents the main findings from the impact evaluation of the IMAGINE Program, which was designed to improve educational outcomes of girls in Niger. Overall, IMAGINE had a 4.3 percentage point positive impact on primary school enrollment, no impact on attendance, and no impact on math and French test scores. The program impacts were generally larger for girls than for boys. For girls, the program had an 8 percentage point positive impact on enrollment and a 5.4 percentage point impact on attendance. The program had no impact on girls' math scores, though it may have had a slight positive impact on girls' French test scores. No significant impacts were detected for boys' enrollment, attendance, or test scores. Finally, impacts were larger for younger children (ages 7-10), than for those between the ages of 10 and 12.

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  • Anca Dumitrescu & Dan Levy & Cara Orfield & Matt Sloan, 2011. "Impact Evaluation of Niger's IMAGINE Program," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 9910b41833e34355bf9b2e2d7, Mathematica Policy Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:9910b41833e34355bf9b2e2d7dc1e9c2

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    1. Emilie Bagby & Anca Dumitrescu & Cara Orfield & Matt Sloan, "undated". "Évaluation de l'Impact à Long Terme du Projet IMAGINE au Niger," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 98a4a5fd10a54222ae00cbdeb, Mathematica Policy Research.
    2. Emilie Bagby & Kristine Bos & Anca Dumitrescu & Nicholas Ingwersen & Matt Sloan, "undated". "Niger NECS Impact Evaluation Report," Mathematica Policy Research Reports a759ff92090a4c2aba4caefe6, Mathematica Policy Research.

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