Assessing the effect of educational programs on public schools’ performance

Laura López-Torres, Diego Prior, Daniel Santín

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© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper provides evidence on the effectiveness in the implementation of an educational program which offered public schools in Catalonia (Spain) the opportunity to improve the quality of educational provision. We employ a difference-in-differences approach on rich balanced panel data of public schools. The results confirm that the program did effectively improve students’ achievement and reduce absenteeism, albeit not for all modules and school types or across all years. Our results highlight that it is important to condition the delivery of resources upon specific academic goals depending on the characteristics of the treated population. Additionally, program results suggest the need to enhance educational program design in order to get better evaluation feedback. Abbreviations: DoE: Department of Education; EU: European Union; PMQCE: Projecte per a la Millora de la Qualitat dels Centres Educatius; DiD: Differences-in-Differences; SFDC: Schools Facing Disadvantaged Conditions; OECD: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development; REA: Regional Educational Authority.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5205-5226
JournalApplied Economics
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2019


  • impact evaluation
  • policy implementation
  • program evaluation
  • Public education


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