Scores, camera, action? Incentivizing teachers in remote areas

Autor(es): Gaduh, Arya; Pradhan, Menno; Priebe, Jan; Susanti, Dewi

Date: 2020

Pages: 57 p.

Serie: RISE working paper

Series Volume: 20/035


Poor teacher accountability leads to poor education quality, especially in remotely-located schools that are costly to supervise. This paper reports the impacts of three interventions that linked community-based monitoring to a government allowance for teachers working in remote areas in Indonesia. In all treatments, the project helped communities to formulate a joint commitment between schools and community members to improve education. Teacher-specific scorecards were developed based on this commitment and performance was evaluated and disseminated by a newly-formed user committee. Treatments 2 and 3 added to this a pay for performance scheme that relied on the community reports. In Treatment 2 (SAM+Cam), the remote area allowance was made dependent on teacher presence, which was monitored with a camera with a time stamp. In Treatment 3 (SAM+Score), the overall score on the scorecard determined the allowance. The authors find improvements in learning outcomes across all treatments; however, the strongest impacts of between 0.17-0.20 standard deviation (s.d.) were observed for SAM+Cam. In this treatment, teachers increased teaching hours and parents increased investments in their children’s education. The authors show evidence that bargaining and the community’s propensity to punish free-riders may have a role in affecting treatment effectiveness.

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