Improving Early Childhood Development in Rural Ghana Through Scalable Community-Run Play Schemes

Date(s) - Monday, February 1st, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Boston College School of Social Work: Grants and Sponsored Research IniTiative (GRIT) Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Sonya Krutikova

Deputy Research Director

The Institute of Fiscal Studies

Event Description: Dr. Krutikova will present findings from an evaluation of the impact of a scalable community-led play-based learning program on children’s cognitive development and health in rural Ghana. The Lively Minds program is a “hybrid” model that simultaneously targets home and pre-school environments through engaging parents in implementation of the programme in pre-schools. Encouraging results from this study motivated the government of Ghana to form a collaboration with Lively Minds and commit to a phased scaling the programme to 60 districts and 4,000 pre-schools, reaching 1.3 million children, starting in September 2021. Dr. Krutikova is working with the government of Ghana and Lively Minds to embed an RCT into this scale-up in order to evaluate its effectiveness. In this seminar, Dr. Krutikova will also discuss their plans for combining implementation and evaluation data to disentangle key ingredients for the success of this programme.

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