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Susannah Hares is a senior policy fellow and the co-director of CGD’s global education program. Before joining CGD, she spent seven years as Ark’s international director, where she was responsible for strategy, operations, and programs in India, sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe, and for Ark’s international ventures including the Education Partnerships Group, Global Schools Forum, and Peepul. Hares started her career in Kenya, working for African health NGO AMREF. She has served on the boards and advisory groups of various international education organizations and ventures. She holds a MA (Econ) in political development from the University of Manchester.
Gautam Rao will talk about his new research, which examines whether evidence changes the beliefs and actions of policy makers. His findings show that policy makers do update their beliefs and do make different policy decisions when presented with new evidence. This research is particularly fascinating for anyone working in policy-influencing roles or in think tanks as it provides direct evidence that providing research information to political leaders can lead to policy change.
Punjab’s fast-paced and ambitious education reforms have generated debate and interest globally. Last year the Economist described Punjab as “home to the most frenetic reforms in the world, trying to make up for generations of neglect.”
Echidna Giving believes that when girls learn they can transform their lives, families, towns, cities and nations, to achieve deep, wide and long-lasting change. Dana Schmidt will discuss the evidence behind their strategy; the approaches they plan to take; and some new evidence coming out of their grant-making.
Jishnu Das will discuss new research on equal opportunity and test scores. Children born to families with lower socio-economic status have fewer years of schooling. In the U.S., such low levels of intergenerational mobility in education are directly tied to test scores: children from low SES households have lower test scores, which negatively impacts their likelihood of going to college. In fact, there is no direct effect of SES on college attendance once test scores are controlled for.