Author: NORC, University of Chicago
Full Citation: NORC, University of Chicago. (2016). Accelerated education programs in crisis and conflict: building evidence and learning. (Research brief). Washington, D.C: USAID
- Understand and Strive for Equity
- Alternative Education: Livelihoods / Vocational Programming
Target Population(s): Children (6 to 12), Youth (13 to 24)
Overview: Accelerated Education Programs (AEPs) are flexible, age-appropriate programs that promote access to education in an accelerated time-frame for such disadvantaged groups—specifically, for out-of-school, over-age children and youth excluded from education or had their education interrupted due to crisis and conflict. This review focused on the following critical questions:
1. In operation, what are the profiles of AEPs? How do the elements of these profiles differ from the theoretical elements of accelerated learning?
2. What outcomes, if any, are reported on AEPs, and what can they tell us about how AEPs increase access and improve learning outcomes for out-of-school youth?
3. What are the critical questions related to the structure and outcomes of AEPs, and where are the gaps in the literature?
4. Based on what we know about AEPs, and the difficulties associated with evaluating AEPs and other education interventions in crisis and conflict-affected environments, what recommendations can we make about how to evaluate AEPs and operationalize the research agenda around AEPs? (pp. 1-2)