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Chart showing the effect of one additional year of schooling on test scores in Peru and Vietnam

Do Your Students Have a Growth Mindset? And Four Other New Findings in Global Education

One intervention to improve students’ performance sought to show them that with hard work, they can “grow” their intelligence, just like athletes can grow their muscles. The result? No impact: no impact on student effort, no impact on student test scores, no impact on dropout rates, no impact on repetition rates, and no impact on plans to continue studying after high school. 

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Yes, Information Alone Really Can Change Behavior

“The fact that giving people information does not, by itself, change how they act is one of the most firmly established in social science,” a recent Washington Post op-ed stated. That’s not true. Here are ten examples where simply providing information changed behavior.

Screenshot of the analytics dashboard for Ukraine's Prozorro

Measuring the Impact of Open Contracting

In a new CGD working paper, we try to measure the impact of one of the most significant open contracting reforms worldwide, which took place in Ukraine in the last few years. Since 2015, the country has overhauled its procurement system, including the introduction of an e-procurement platform called ProZorro.

Aisha Mo’hd Kazaure is the prinicpal of a new midwifery school in Jigawa State in northern Nigeria. With support from UK aid and the local government, she’s set up the state’s very first midwifery programme.

Religion and Widowhood in Nigeria

In Africa, where widowhood and divorce are common and the rights of women are mostly conditional on marriage, changes in marital status are likely to influence the success of policies aimed at empowering women. 

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