RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), RTI International, a nonprofit research institute and leading international development organization, will be leading the implementation of the new five-year Improving Learning Outcomes for Asia (ILOA) project. Building on the RTI-led and USAID-funded All Children Reading (ACR)-Asia project, ILOA aims to advance innovative, achievable, comprehensive and state-of-the art interventions so that children and youth can have access to quality education that is safe, relevant and addresses critical global challenges.
ILOA will include a network of partners across Central, South and Southeast Asia that, together with RTI, will design, implement and evaluate a full range of education programming from early childhood to higher education.
It also will help USAID’s Asia Bureau and USAID Missions across Asia:
- Improve evidence and measurement in the education sector;
- Strengthen leadership and capacity among education stakeholders; and
- Increase support to education program implementation.
USAID’s Asia Bureau and Missions across the region will be able to utilize ILOA to meet a range of short, medium and long-term needs. This may include conducting impact evaluations and student learning assessments; developing studies, guides and policy briefs; designing and conducting targeted analyses on a range of sub-sectoral or thematic issues; assisting Missions to “buy-in” for program pilots or program bridging activities; providing surge support for Missions’ capacity development needs through technical assistance and training; and regional networking and knowledge sharing.
ILOA Project Director, Dr. Steve Backman said, “RTI will build on best practices using a multi-pronged approach across Asia to strengthen evidence-based learning, improve leadership and increase support to USAID Missions across the education spectrum, from early childhood education to basic and secondary education, up to higher education and workforce development.”
RTI’s regional and global partners on the project include:
- Aga Khan Foundation
- Central Square Foundation
- Delivery Associates
- International Rescue Committee
- Long Story Short
- SEAMEO INNOTECH