RESEP Projects

Teaching Reading (and Writing) in the Foundation Phase: A Concept Note

Funded by the ZENEX Foundation.

Nic Spaull

Laying Firm Foundations: Getting Reading Right

Final Report to the ZENEX Foundation on poor student performance in Foundation Phase literacy and numeracy

Nic Spaull Servaas van der Berg Gabrielle Wills

Identifying Binding Constraints in Education

Synthesis report for the Programme to support Pro-poor Policy development (PsPPd)

Servaas van der Berg Nic Spaull Gabrielle Wills

Poverty Traps and Social Exclusion among Children in South Africa

A report to the South African Human Rights Commission

Report to be released 25 June

Ronelle Burger Servaas van der Berg Martin Gustafsson Eldridge Moses Nic Spaull

Impact of Grade R Schooling

Summary versions of the Report, the full report, as well as the DBE management response to the Report, can be found on the DPME website.  Alternatively, the same versions of the document can be downloaded here.


Servaas van der Berg Debra Shepherd Chris van Wyk

SACMEQ at a glance(2012)

The SACMEQ at a glance series is part of an ongoing research project on data from the Southern and Eastern African Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ). The aim of these documents is to provide a two page snapshot of some important elements of the primary school system in each of the participating countries, allowing for comparisons both within and between countries. Statistics are reported for ten African countries for SACMEQ II (2000) and SACMEQ III (2007). The ten countries Nic Spaull

Public Expenditure Analysis of Basic Education in South Africa(2011-2012)

Joint project with Oxford Policy Management for the Department of Basic Education and funded by UNICEF. This entailed the analysis of a large volume of data and culminated in 12 reports

Martin Gustafsson Servaas van der Berg Chris van Wyk

Graduate Unemployment in South Africa(2011-2012)

Study for the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) that found that graduate unemployment is not such a large problem as previously thought.

Servaas van der Berg

Feasibility of an impact evaluation of the National School Feeding Programme and GradeR(2011-2012)

Scoping study for 3IE, Presidency and the Department of Basic Education. Concluded that an impact evaluation of these two programmes would not be feasible with existing data.

Servaas van der Berg

Cohort study of students awarded NSFAS loans(2011-2012)

Study for NSFAS which compared the progression of all students awarded bursaries from National Student Financial Aid Scheme and who started their studies in 2000-2004 to all other students.

Servaas van der Berg Chris van Wyk

An evaluation of the IkamvaYouth project(2011-2012)

Evaluation of an NGO financially supported by DG Murray Trust.

Nic Spaull Ronelle Burger Cobus Burger Servaas van der Berg Chris van Wyk

Improving education quality in South Africa(2011)

A report for the National Planning Commission that formed the gist of the NPC’s recommendations on school education for the National Development Plan.

Servaas van der Berg Martin Gustafsson Nic Spaull

Child poverty in Namibia(2012)

A report for UNICEF Namibia and the Namibian Statistical Agency that investigated the profile of Namibian child poverty using the most recent household income and expenditure surveys.

Servaas van der Berg

Child and maternal welfare in Botswana between 2001 and 2008(2011)

Study for UNICEF Botswana that pieced together the situation regarding child and maternal health in Botswana using a large number of datasets of Statistics Botswana.

Servaas van der Berg

Low quality education as a poverty trap(2010-2011)

Study for the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development, a partnership programme between the SA Presidency and the European Union. Investigated both the correlates of education quality and how poor quality education affects labour market outcomes (employment and wages) of the poor.

Servaas van der Berg

The UHABS Index: Monitoring universal household access to basic services(2010-2011)

Data analysis for Department of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs, funded by the Business Trust, on the availability of basic services by District of Metropolitan Municipality and by province.

Servaas van der Berg

The impact of the global crisis on child poverty in South Africa(2009-2010)

Combination of a macro (CGE) model of the economy and tracking the impact to micro-levels through the microeconometric modelling of the labour market. Undertaken in collaboration with the Financial and Fiscal Commission and the University of Laval for UNICEF. Various versions.

Servaas van der Berg

Tracking public expenditure and assessing service quality in Early Childhood Development(2009-2010)

Involved the design, monitoring and analysis of a Public Expenditure Tracking survey (PETS) and a Quality of Service Delivery survey of 900 Early Childhood Development centres in three provinces in order to track the funds they received from the state. Undertaken for Departments of Social Development and Education and funded by UNICEF.

Servaas van der Berg

Financial Implications of National Health Insurance plan for South Africa(2009-2010)

Study for the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) undertaken jointly with Econex

Servaas van der Berg

Efficiency and equity effects of social grants in South Africa(2010)

Study for the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) as input into their recommendations on the division of revenue between the three spheres of government.

Servaas van der Berg

Fiscal Incidence Study(2008-2009)

Study for National Treasury analysed available data from many resources, including household surveys and fiscal data, to determine the recipients of subsidies and to estimate the distribution of spending to different recipients. Follows two earlier fiscal incidence analyses also undertaken for Treasury.

Servaas van der Berg

Ministerial committee on school retention(2007-2008)

Investigation of school retention, drop outs and the factors behind it for the Ministerial Committee

Servaas van der Berg

Multi-purpose pilot study on school education in South Africa(2006)

Pilot study in Limpopo for the World Bank, focused on developing instruments for a possible school survey. It involved inter alia piloting a survey of primary schools and focus groups with parents, teachers and community leaders in Limpopo

Servaas van der Berg

How much does infrastructure matter for school outcomes?(2006)

Study for Financial and Fiscal Commission. Utilised school survey data and investigated the international literature to determine to what extent availability of infrastructure contributes to educational outcomes.

Servaas van der Berg

Determinants of education quality: Report on 2003 Western Cape Primary School Pupil Survey(2006)

Analysis of school survey data for Joint Education Trust (JET) to determine factors associated with improved performance in Western Cape schools.

Servaas van der Berg Ronelle Burger