Decentralization for High-Quality Education: Elements and Issues of Design

F. Henry Healey, Luis Crouch

As developing countries seek to improve the quality of their education systems, one approach they are considering is decentralization. But transforming a centralized system into one that is decentralized and high quality is a complex undertaking, one that requires, among other things, a coherent design. This report details an approach for creating a viable design for a high-quality decentralized education system—an approach that is premised on sound principles such as economies of scale, speed of transaction, and customer satisfaction, and which has "effective schools" as the focal point of the method.

Suggested Citation

Healey, F.H., Crouch, L. (August 2012). Decentralization for high-quality education: Elements and issues of design: RTI Press Publication No. OP-0008-1208. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.

F. Henry Healey

F. Henry Healey, PhD, is a senior education scientist in RTI’s International Development Group.

Luis Crouch

Luis Crouch, PhD, is a senior economist in RTI’s International Development Group.