Zambian Education School-based Training (ZEST) Project: Cohort 1 Evaluation, June 2019

Gallastegi, Lore and Stutchbury, Kris (2019). Zambian Education School-based Training (ZEST) Project: Cohort 1 Evaluation, June 2019. The Open University.



Cohort 1 in the ZEST project started in May 2018, involving 200 teachers, from 17 schools in 3 zones of Chisamba district (Chisamba, Chipembi and Liteta). This cohort 1 evaluation report complements the year 2 annual report and logframe data submitted to the Scottish Government in April 2019, and forms part of the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the ZEST project. We are firmly committed to the belief that it is ‘possible to research and learn from social policies, programs and initiatives in order to improve their effectiveness’ (Pawson & Tilley, 1997, pxii). Accordingly, this evaluation seeks to demonstrate what we have learnt from cohort 1 of ZEST and to explain how this is shaping our approach to the project.
For the small-scale evaluation exercise undertaken in 8 of the cohort 1 schools in March 2019, we adopted the same methodology as the baseline study. The year 2 annual report was therefore designed to report on the measures identified in the logframe, namely:
• The use of active teaching and learning approaches in primary school classrooms (Outcome Indicator 1 in the logframe); and
• Teachers’ engagement in SBCPD and collaborative work (Outcome Indicator 2 in the logframe).
This sort of experimental evaluation is essential for accountability. In this report we have expanded our viewpoint and adopted a slightly different methodology in order to bring in the voices of teachers, school in-service coordinators (SICs), zone in-service coordinators (ZICs), headteachers, and zone and district officials who form cohort 1 in the ZEST programme, to enable us to better understand and illustrate what aspects of the programme are working well and why.

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