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September 2008Pitfalls of Participatory Programs: Evidence From a Randomized Evaluation in Education in India
with Abhijit Banerjee, Rukmini Banerji, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster: w14311
Participation of beneficiaries in the monitoring of public services is increasingly seen as a key to improving their efficiency. In India, the current government flagship program on universal primary education organizes both locally elected leaders and parents of children enrolled in public schools into committees and gives these groups powers over resource allocation, and monitoring and management of school performance. However, in a baseline survey we found that people were not aware of the existence of these committees and their potential for improving education. This paper evaluates three different interventions to encourage beneficiaries' participation through these committees: providing information, training community members in a new testing tool, and training and organizing volunte...

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