Teacher Performance Incentives Programme in Shaanxi Province, People’s Republic of China

3ie requested research organisations or consortia to submit qualifications for a proposal preparation grant to evaluate teacher performance incentives interventions implemented by the Shaanxi Province Department of Education.

The national government started the Teacher Performance Pay Policy Programme in 2009 that focuses on linking student performance to teacher performance pay. The Shaanxi Province Department of Education (DOE) is interested in understanding the extent and manner in which the policy has been implemented, as well as its impact on teaching quality and equity of results.

For more information about this call, please read the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) (295.6 KB)

This call is now closed. The deadline for this call was 16 February 2015.

Please direct any questions related to this RFQ to pw3@3ieimpact.org with ‘PW China Shaanxi’ in the subject line.

At a glance

  • This call was in two phases. In the first phase, a proposal preparation grant will be awarded.
  • Only legally registered organisations and consortia of registered organisations, not individuals, could apply. 
  • 3ie will award one grant under this call. The preparation grant will be US$20,000 for one proposal (up to US$30,000 for three).
  • The grant-holding organisation must be located in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), with researchers of Chinese nationality as the lead or co-lead principal investigator. 
  • The application may include other researchers who are not employees of the grant-holding organisation.

About the teacher performance incentives interventions in Shaanxi Province, PRC

According to PRC’s provincial education authorities, the poor quality of teaching in rural areas and a very competitive exam system creates incentives for teachers to neglect poorly performing students. The most qualified teachers prefer to teach in urban areas, where it is more likely to find better performing students and more incentives related to students’ performance on standardised exams. In order to address this challenge, the national government started the Teacher Performance Pay Policy Programme in 2009.

Recent research of a pilot programme testing alternative approaches to performance-based pay has found promising results in a pay-for-percentile approach. The Shaanxi DOE is interested in knowing if pay-for-percentile really is the most effective approach to address performance gaps between students, schools and rural and urban areas; and if those results are sustained over time. A roll-out programme across primary schools between 2015 and 2018 represents an opportunity to evaluate pay for performance in Shaanxi.

3ie’s Policy Window Three

3ie’s Policy Window three funds high-quality, mixed-methods impact evaluations commissioned by a 3ie member organisation to answer questions about the attributable impact of interventions they implement. 3ie promotes theory-based impact evaluations that make use of an experimental or quasi-experimental counterfactual to examine the full programme causal chain to answer questions about what works, why, how and at what cost.

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