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Does Decentralization Impact Education Quality?

Type: Research
Author(s): Winkler, Yeo
Year of Publishing: 2007
Keywords: Does Decentralization Impact Education Quality?, Decentralization in Education Systems, Decentralization, Argentina
Education systems around the developing world are being decentralized. Decision making powers and responsibilities are being transferred from central government education ministries to local governments and schools. This brief explores how decentralization affects the quality of schooling. Comment

Identifying the Impact of Education Decentralization on the Quality of Education

Type: Research
Author(s): Winkler, Yeo
Year of Publishing: 2007
Keywords: Identifying the Impact of Education Decentralization on the Quality of Education, Decentralization in Education Systems, Decentralization, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Mali, Honduras, Ethiopia
This paper examines the potential of education decentralization to improve performance in three parts: 1) The conceptual arguments for such a relationship; 2) The empirical evidence of the impacts of education decentralization; 3) Better design and implementation of decentralization policy to leverage its impact on quality. Comment

Information Use and Decentralized Education

Type: Research
Author(s): Winkler, Herstein
Year of Publishing: 2005
Keywords: Information Use and Decentralized Education, Decentralization in Education Systems, Decentralization, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Guinea
Decentralized education systems increase the governance and management authority of school clients and/or local governments. These actors need relevant and easily understood information on the academic and financial performance of their schools relative to other schools. The traditional education management information system (EMIS) does not meet this need. Comment

Public Expenditure Tracking in Education

Type: Research
Author(s): Winkler
Year of Publishing: 2005
Keywords: Public Expenditure Tracking in Education, Decentralization in Education Systems, Decentralization, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Uganda, Zambia
Developing countries have increased spending on primary-secondary education in recent years to fulfill their commitment to quality education for all. However, several countries have been disappointed in the results of their additional investments and have begun to explore the reasons for the meager gains. The Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) has been an important tool in these investigations. Comment

Increasing Accountability in Decentralized Education in Paraná State, Brazil

Type: Research
Author(s): Winkler
Year of Publishing: 2005
Keywords: Increasing Accountability in Decentralized Education in Paraná State, Brazil, Decentralization in Education Systems, Decentralization
Paraná's State Secretary of Education created school report cards (SRCs) to inform school communities and stimulate greater involvement in the school improvement process. Paraná also encouraged the creation of new education stakeholder associations to increase community voice and to break the state government and teachers’ union monopoly of the education policy debate. Comment

Education Decentralization and School Grants

Type: Research
Author(s): Winkler, Schlegel
Year of Publishing: 2005
Keywords: Education Decentralization and School Grants, Decentralization in Education Systems, Decentralization, Guinea, Cambodia, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Chile, Indonesia, Brazil, Nicaragua
Education systems around the world decentralize management to better serve and bring services closer to their beneficiaries: students, parents, and communities. School grants are an important tool that improve efficiency, quality, and equity of the decentralization process. This brief examines the design, management, and impacts of school grants. Comment

Strengthening Accountability n Public Education

Type: Research
Author(s): Winkler
Year of Publishing: 2004
Keywords: Strengthening Accountability in Public Education, Decentralization in Education Systems, Decentralization, Ecuador, Brazil
No single policymaker or provider is responsible for failing students. Rather, a complex web of policymakers and providers is responsible. The three key actors are: clients or customers of public services; direct service providers; and policymakers. The issue of accountability is also complicated by the difficulty in defining and measuring schooling outcomes. Comment

Report Cards and Accountability in Decentralized Education Systems

Type: Research
Author(s): Winkler, Sevilla
Year of Publishing: 2004
Keywords: Report Cards and Accountability in Decentralized Education Systems, Decentralization, Decentralization in Education Systems
Transparent and public information that is easily accessed and understood by parents and other stakeholders helps ensure accountability in decentralized education systems. Report cards are one way this information can be collected. Unfortunately, only a few are in use in developing countries. Comment