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Digging Deeper : Iterating Understanding of a Problem (English)

Thrown off by the discovery that teacher certification was not as well correlated to student performance on the national exam as initially believed, the government MELAYANI team in Belu district set out to better understand what was impacting educational quality in their district. This operational note documents their journey as they worked to first reorient their thinking on key challenges and then dig deeper into determinants of quality education. The note highlights key challenges facing local government actors not only in defining and understanding the problems that they face, but in articulating them in a way that helps them continue to keep sight of their broader goals. It also highlights the seductive pull of practiced ways of thinking along program or hierarchical tracks, and the need to consciously exercise problem-oriented ways of thinking.

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Mclaughlin,Karrie

Digging Deeper : Iterating Understanding of a Problem (English). Operational Note,no. 2 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/975591593066109246/Digging-Deeper-Iterating-Understanding-of-a-Problem