Finalist, DAC Prize for Taking Development Innovation to Scale
“ASER provides an evidence base on the outcomes of learning (proficiency in key subjects) versus inputs (attendance), which both improves accountability and impact. By moving from one to seven countries, it has demonstrated the ability to scale.”
— Andrew Wyckoff, Director, Science, Technology and Industry Department, OECD
Pratham’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) was shortlisted as one of ten finalists for the 2014 OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Prize for Taking Development Innovation to Scale.
The annual DAC Prize from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recognises projects that take an innovative approach to scaling up programs that address real-world developmental challenges.
The ASER survey, which began in 2004 and utilises a low-cost, user-friendly tool for measuring India’s school enrolment and learning. Its citizen-led procedures and simple assessment tools have made ASER replicable on a large scale to enable education reform around the world. Today the model is being implemented in seven countries around the globe. Pilots are also underway in another five countries.