RISE Indonesia

Evaluating How Teacher Reforms in Decentralised Indonesia can Promote Learning Gains


The project aims to answer the following questions:
1) How can policy reform in the areas of teacher distribution, recruitment, training, and rewards improve student learning?
2) What reforms do innovative districts implement? How effective are these reforms in improving learning outcomes? And do they spread to other districts or the national level?


The project focuses on two areas: teacher reforms and decentralisation and district innovations. It will examine how national and district governments in Indonesia support and learn from each other in the implementation of policy towards teachers and national exams in order to improve students’ education levels. Indonesia offers an ideal laboratory to explore these issues because local districts have significant autonomy in terms of teacher management, distribution, and training. The research project will also analyse nationwide reforms that aim to raise teacher quality in the hope of enhancing students’ learning. The project is part of the broader RISE programme, led by Professor Lant Pritchett. RISE stands for Research on Improving Systems of Education.

AIGHD Research Lead

Prof. dr. Menno Pradhan


SMERU Research Institute, Mathematica Policy Research


RISE Directorate
Department for International Development (DFID), UK
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia