RISE Annual Conference 2018

Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, UK


About the event

RISE is a large scale, multi-country research programme developed to answer the question: “How can education systems be reformed to deliver better learning for all?” The RISE Programme Annual Conferences bring together high-profile academics and policy makers for two days of lively debate.

Over the course of the packed two-day schedule, the conference featured technical presentations by the RISE Country Research Team members and invited speakers in various themed sessions. This year's event also featured an invited session on day one and a lunchtime panel session on global indicators for education on day two. 

Conference livestream: day 1

Conference livestream: day 2

Event Programme

Thursday, 21 June 2018 

09:00 - Session I: Setting the Scene

Chair: Lant Pritchett (Center for Global Development/RISE)

  • Emilie Berkhout (Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development/RISE): Indonesia Got Schooled: 15 Years of Rising Enrolment and Flat Learning Profiles (co-authors Amanda Beatty of Mathematica/RISE, Luhur Bima of the SMERU Research Institute/RISE, Thomas Coen of Mathematica, Menno Pradhan of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development/RISE, and Daniel Suryadarma of the SMERU Research Institute/RISE) PRESENTATION SLIDESVIDEO (This paper has now been updated and is accessible under the title, "Schooling Progress, Learning Reversal: Indonesia’s Learning Profiles between 2000 and 2014")

11.00 - Session II: Curriculum

Chair: Clare Leaver (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford/RISE)

13.30 - Session III: Information and Assessment (system in/coherence)

Chair: Justin Sandefur (Center for Global Development/RISE)

  • Abhijeet Singh (Stockholm School of Ecnomics/RISE): Testing for What? Audit Study Evidence on the Reliability and Effectiveness of Large-Scale Test-Based Accountability in India (co-author Karthik Muralidharan of University of California, San Diego/NBER/RISE) VIDEO

15:30 - Session IV: Information and Assessment (evidence on accountability)

Chair: Pieter Serneels (University of East Anglia/RISE)

  • Karthik Muralidharan (University of California, San Diego/NBER/RISE): Improving Public Sector Management at Scale? Experimental Evidence on School Governance in India (co-author Abhijeet Singh of the Stockholm School of Ecnomics/RISE) VIDEO
  • Andrew Zeitlin (Georgetown University/RISE): Accountability and School Performance: Evidence from the Big Results Now Reform in Tanzania (co-authors Jacobus Cilliers of Georgetown University/RISE and Isaac Mbiti of University of Virginia/RISE) PRESENTATION SLIDES / VIDEO

17.15 - Invited Session

Presentation by Jaime Saavedra (The World Bank) on the key elements for a successful educational reform, followed with an interview by Emma Duncan and discussion with Alec Gershberg (University of Pennsylvania/RISE)

18.30 - Drinks Reception with special guest Harriett Baldwin MP (UK Minister of State for Africa and Minister of State at the Department for International Development) in the Inamori Forum at the conference venue


Friday, 22 June 2018 

09:00 - Session V: Methods Morning (classroom observation, ethnographic research)

Chair: Alec Gershberg (University of Pennsylvania/RISE)

  • Ezequiel Molina (World Bank) and Julia Ladics (Brown University) : The Measurement Crisis: An Assessment of How Countries Measure Classroom Practices (Co-authors Tracy Wilichowski of the World Bank, and Noah Yarrow of the World Bank) PRESENTATION SLIDESVIDEO
  • Joan DeJaeghere (University of Minnesota/RISE) and Phuong Luong (Hanoi University/RISE): Qualitative Analysis of Teaching and Learning Competencies: Video Study of Secondary Classrooms in Vietnam VIDEO
  • Surayya Masood (Center for Economic Research in Pakistan/RISE): Self Expression, Relational Ethics, and Small Freedoms: the Domesticity of Young Women in Rural Pakistan VIDEO
  • Barbara Bruns (Center for Global Development/RISE) VIDEO and Masooda Bano (University of Oxford) VIDEO: Reflections on Methods for Classroom Observation and Ethnographic Research

11.00 - Session VI: Teachers (motivation)

Chair: Justin Sandefur (Center for Global Development/RISE)

  • Fei Yuan (World Bank): The Working Conditions of Teachers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (co-author David Evans of the World Bank) PRESENTATION SLIDES / VIDEO
  • Clare Leaver (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford/RISE) and Daniela Scur (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford/RISE): Why Does Management Matter? A Theoretical Framework (co-author Renata Lemos of the World Bank) VIDEO

12.30 - Panel on Global Indicators for Education 

Chair: Calum Miller (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford/RISE)

Roy Carr-Hill (UCL Institute of Education), Silvia Montoya (UNESCO), Kirsty McNichol (Australian Depatment of Foreign Affairs and Trade) VIDEO

13.45 - Session VII: Financing and the Role of the Private Sector

Chair: Daniela Scur (RISE)

  • Michael Kremer (Harvard University): The Impact of Free Secondary Education: Experimental Evidence from Ghana (co-authors Esther Duflo of MIT and Pascaline Dupas of Stanford) VIDEO
  • Jishnu Das (World Bank/RISE): Upping the Ante: The Equilibrium Effects of Unconditional Grants to Private Schools VIDEO

15:30 - Session VIII: Teachers (support)

Chair: Pieter Serneels (University of East Anglia/RISE)

  • Mary Breeding (World Bank): Global Landscape of Teacher Professional Development Programs: The Gap Between Evidence and Practice (co-authors Anna Popova of Stanford University, David K. Evans of the World Bank, and Violeta Arancibia) PRESENTATION SLIDES / VIDEO
  • Belay Hagos (Addis Ababa University/RISE): The Nexus Between the Practice of Induction and the Formation of Novice Teachers’ Professional Identity in Ethiopia (co-authors Berhanu Abera, Daniel Desta, Desalegn Chalchisa, Wossenu Yimam all of Addis Ababa University and Girma Lemma of Addis Ababa University/RISE) PRESENTATION SLIDES / VIDEO

17.00 - Final Remarks and Close