Teacher Training Interventions in Henan Province, People’s Republic of China

3ie requests research organisations or consortia to submit qualifications for a proposal preparation grant to evaluate a teacher training intervention implemented by the Henan Province Department of Education, China.

The national government has been investing heavily in the National Rural Teacher Training Programme (NRTTP) which provides training to elementary and junior high school teachers, as well as preschool teachers. The Henan Province Department of Education (DOE) would like to know how cost-effective these large investments in teacher training are and whether training improves teaching methods and subsequently student learning.

For more information about this call and for instructions on how to apply, please read the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) (285.4 KB)

The deadline for this call was 2 March 2015.

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

At a glance

  • This call is 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 (US$25,000 for two, and up to US$30,000 for three proposals).
  • 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 training Interventions in Henan Province

The PRC currently has compulsory education through grade nine. The system is highly competitive and based on very challenging standardised exams. A significant and persistent gap exists between the performance of urban and rural students in Henan. Rural students perform more poorly during their early years of education and the gap increases as they progress.

To address this problem, the national government has been investing heavily in the National Rural Teacher Training Programme (NRTTP). Between 2010 and 2013, the national government spent US$700 million, of which Henan received US$68 million. Despite great deal of resources being spent on training, there is concern that NRTTP training is not being effective in improving the performance of rural educators.

The Henan DOE would like to know how cost-effective these large investments in teacher training are. More specifically, the DOE wants to know whether training improves teaching methods and if it improves student learning. DOE wants to know what types of training work best and what types of training are most cost-effective.

3ie’s Policy Window Three

3ie’s Policy Window 3 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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