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PAL Network Meet (January 30 - February 3, 2017): Ensuring Data Quality

Representatives from 10 member countries and trainers on the last day of workshop in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.


ASER Centre, New Delhi recently held a four-and-a-half-day workshop for member countries of The People’s Action for Learning (PAL) Network under the theme of ‘Ensuring data quality’. The objective of the workshop was to formulate a minimum standard for quality control to ensure reliability of estimates generated via citizen-led assessments conducted by the member countries. Representatives from Mali, Senegal, Mexico, Kenya, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mozambique, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria attended the workshop in Aurangabad, Maharashtra from January 30 – February 3, 2017. 


Certificate Programme for Survey and Research Coordinators awarded to ASER Centre staff

Recipients received their certificates during the January 2017 state workshop held in New Delhi

Out of the 45 participants who underwent a year-long training in Applied Statistics, Tools for Data Collection, Leadership and Communications, 31 were awarded certificates for successfully completing the programme on January 9, 2017.  The course was jointly designed by ASER Centre's capacity building team and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Congratulations to all graduates!

ASER Centre lends support to Mozambique in conducting citizen-led assessments

Meeting the FACILIDADE – TPC team. From L-R: Isidine Ussene, Benwess Macuarimba, Lino Andre, Amelia Ussene, Ranajit and Faridah)

Ranajit Bhattacharyya is currently in Mozambique to support FACILIDADE, an NGO that strives to engage the people of Mozambique to improve upon the quality of basic services, with the preparation and launch of TPC - Mozambique, a nation-wide, citizen-led learning assessment. Mozambique is one among four new member countries to join a growing network of countries that conduct annual assessments of children's learning levels. Read his accounts on Mozambique part 1 | part 2| part 3| part 4 | part 5. We wish TPC-Mozambique team all the very best. Follow us on Facebook for regular updates.


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ASER Centre alumnus wins two prestigious awards at Harvard

Neeraj Trivedi, an alumnus of Pratham and ASER Centre, has just completed a master’s degree in Public Administration in International Development at the ​Harvard Kennedy School of Government. While he was there, he received several awards - the first is the Raymond Vernon Award for Commitment to International Development given to a graduating student who best exemplifies the values of the MPA / ID program (i.e. dedication to the field of international development, academic excellence, potential future contribution and leadership). The second award was the Dean's Award for Excellence in Student teaching. During his second year at HKS, Neeraj​ tutored the first-year students on advanced microeconomics. His ​teaching was highly appreciated by the students and the award is in recognition of that.

2016 PAL Network Steering Committee meeting in Kenya - July 1- 2

Members of Steering Committee, PAL Network in Limuru, Kenya

Members of the PAL Network steering committee met in Limuru, Kenya recently for a two-day meeting. As chaiperson, Dr Suman Bhattacharjea who also heads the Research Unit as ASER Centre, presided over the meetings. Fellow members reflected on the past year of the PAL Network - its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities, a revised charter of the PAL Network was adopted, and decisions and plans for strategic direction, programmes, outputs and activities for the next two years were laid out.