This study by Rebecca Thornton, Susan Godlonton, Jobiba Chinkhumba and Rachael Pierotti presents results from a randomised evaluation of how price and information affect the take-up of voluntary medical male circumcision in Lilongwe, Malawi. Overall, take-up was low, and price and information were still barriers. However, the main barriers to male circumcision – cultural norms and fear of pain – were not affected by prices or information.
Qualitative research about male decision-making showed that social networks play an important role in deciding to have a circumcision, and that men take time to gather information before making their decision. Significant demand-generation efforts are needed for this HIV prevention strategy to be effective.
Authors of this report estimate the impacts of teacher training programmes aimed at secondary school maths and science teachers on their subject knowledge, teaching practices and student test scores. These training programmes form a key component of the government's efforts to improve quality through the School Sector Development Programme.
Authors of this report evaluate the impact of an intervention that uses a behavioural science approach to increase vaccination coverage in Ethiopia by providing nonmonetary incentives to caregivers and health workers.