NFER is the lead evaluator of Save the Children’s STAR-G project in Mozambique.
Funded by DFID’s Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC), the four year project hopes to improve the opportunities of 15,000 marginalised girls. Its focus is on:
- teacher professional development
- literacy and numeracy skills development
- improving girls’ self-esteem
- community engagement
STAR-G is a large-scale programme that requires a range of rigorous evaluation methods.
In 2018, we started following the learning and transition process of over 2,400 girls for a period of three years up to 2021. We also provided six detailed community case studies, where we conducted interviews and focus groups with teachers, parents and students.
By comparing an ‘intervention’ group (who received support from Save the Children), with a ‘comparison’ group (no additional support received), we were better able to measure the level of impact of Save the Children’s activities.
In 2018, our baseline report was delivered and positively received by Save the Children. Informed by our recommendations, there has been a major re-design of the programme to enable Save the Children to better support the most marginalised girls.