Interventions in Literacy and Numeracy Skills for the Early Grade education in schools
As Dajani Consulting have completed the National Literacy and Numeracy survey in Jordan to assess the reading and math skills at early grade education, Dajani Consulting was contracted by RTI to facilitate and manage the interventions phase resulting from the survey recommendations, to improve the reading and math skills among early grade students at public schools of the Ministry of Education (MoE). The project involved TOT for teacher on the modern teaching techniques of reading and math, as well as curriculum development and other activities. Dajani Consulting coordinated with RTI for the deployment of several education experts, and arranged the workshops and meetings with MOE.
Jordan Now: Job opportunities for female community colleges graduates (Gender Employment)
The government of Jordan, supported by World Bank Group has launched an initiative with the aim to increase the employment of public community colleges female graduates, through special training and employment programs dedicated for females. This pilot initiative titled "Jordan Now" is supposed to provide new opportunities for women fresh graduates from eight public community colleges in several governorates of Jordan, by involving them in subsidized job salary process and free business skills training.
Lists of selected female graduates were generated using a lottery approach performed on a database of graduates which was built on the basis of a survey that covered eight community colleges in Amman, Zarqa, Salt, Karak, Irbid and Ajloun. The survey was conducted during the comprehensive examination held during July 2010.
During the inception phase, these graduates shall be informed of the selection through their colleges' administrations, and shall be provided with awareness sessions and documentation package about the pilot program including application for participation. The implementation phase shall be managed by Dajani Consulting.
The objective of the fund management services was to set up a monitoring mechanism in order to follow up and report on the results of the program in terms of employment of selected female graduates and progress of voucher payments reimbursement according to standard procedures. Another objective of this assignment was providing support to the "Jordan Now" program during the inception phase and the implementation phase. Dajani Consulting developed special MIS to monitor the changes, placement and salary compensations of participating female graduates, and performed field inspection visits to graduates and employers at workplaces.
As part of the World Bank intervention to enhance the employment of Jordanians, the World Bank has commissioned Dajani Consulting to conduct a field survey of more than 2400 Jordanian enterprises. The purpose of the survey is to understand obstacles for employment in Jordan from the enterprise point of view, analyze the employer side prospective for employment to complement World Bank interventions in Jordan. In addition to the above, the World Bank wanted to analyze the effect and impact of previous intervention by World Bank in Jordan to improve undergoing initiative.
At the end of the project, an end line survey was carried out to follow up on the status of the graduates after the conclusion of the salary subsidy process back in August 2011, which measured the sustainability of employment and the impact of the program in total.
Jordan Now 2.0 Follow Up and Data Collection Surveys
As a follow up on the pilot program “Jordan NOW” of the World Bank, Dajani Consulting conducted several data collection and survey assignments to assess the performance and progress of the screening and job matching initiative following the “Jordan NOW” program, in addition to status survey of the graduates who participated in the pilot program two years ago. The survey technique used was telephone survey by enumerators to contact list of target segments including participants and companies. The graduates sample size exceeded 1600 participant, while the companies sample size was about 170 companies. Other data collection techniques included mystery shopping performed on the screening and job matching program operator to assess the mechanism and quality of services. The collected data and reports were forwarded to the technical team leader at World Bank.
Research Study to Assess the Gap between the Academic Output and the Labor Market Needs
Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research through the Higher Education Project funded by UNDP decided to commission Dajani Consulting services to conduct the gap assessment study. Dajani Consulting was responsible to carry out a research (Qualitative and Quantitative) to determine the level of gap between the university output and the labor market demand with special focus on Business Administration and Information Technology graduates. Dajani Consulting completed a study research to assess the gaps between knowledge and skills acquired through higher education and labor market demands in Jordan. The study aimed at improving the output of universities, to address the needs of labor market. The study included carrying out research (focus groups, surveys) to assess both the supply side through assessing the qualifications attained through universities, and the demand side through assessing the needs of the labor market particularly SMEs in terms of skills, knowledge, academic qualifications, etc. in two specializations; Computer Science /Information Technology (IT), Business Administration (BA). Three target groups were subject to research; Jordanian public and private universities (12 universities), fresh graduates employed by the private sector (more than 400 graduates), and SMEs/employers (50 enterprises). The study was financed and monitored by UNDP’s Higher Education Project at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and published by UNDP.
Economic Feasibility Study for a Private Sector Vocational Education and Technical Training Project in Jordan
A number of private sector investors decided to establish an integrated educational project with two main components:
a) Vocational school which teaches industrial specializations.
b) Technical community college which teaches technical and industrial specializations.
The investors contracted Dajani Consulting to carry out a feasibility study for the project, which will also include other supporting services and productive industrial workshops. The study covers the vocational education and training sector and the main providers of vocational education and training in Jordan (Ministry of Education, Al Balqa Applied University, UNRWA) in addition to the needs of the labor market. The project is expected to become the pioneer private vocational education and training institute in Jordan and the region.
Ex-post Evaluation Study of the Second Human Resources Development Sector Investment Project II in Jordan
International Development Center of Japan (IDCJ) has carried out the ex-post evaluation study of the 2nd human resources development sector investment project for Jordan implemented during 1997-2005, which was funded by a loan from Japan Bank for International Development (JBIC). Dajani Consulting Co. was contracted by IDCJ to coordinate the study activities in Jordan, and to conduct the field research. Dajani Consulting started the project October 2007 and completed it by early April 2008. The project included a national survey of JBIC-supported and non-supported comprehensive schools, vocational centers and community colleges for the purpose of collection of information about the effect and the impact of the project after its completion. The information was collected suing standard questionnaire distributed to all principals and sample of current students. The field survey also covered a sample of private firms employing vocational graduates. At the end of the survey, Dajani Consulting submitted a complete set of information entered in an Excel database to IDCJ for analysis. The final study report was submitted to JBIC and the government of Japan.
Tracer Study of STIMI and Sahab Vocational Training Center
Dajani Consulting conducted a study to collect basic data of the two centers and a field survey on the trainers/instructors, graduates, and business owners related to Specialized Training Institute of Metal Industries (STIMI) and Sahab vocational center. The study aimed at comparing the JICA-supported STIMI with non-supported Sahab vocational center in terms of performance, efficiency, quality, outputs, sustainability and other aspects.
Basic Employability and Lifelong Learning Skills for Youth
This training program was dedicated for fresh graduated and youth people in three governorates in Jordan, Maan, Madaba and Mafraq. The program consists of a series of training workshops strongly connected to life and work skills and it was prepared, provided and organized by Dajani Consulting on behalf of the UNDP and it goes on for 15 days, the workshops covered fundamental topics as communication skills, team work, work Ethics, initiative and self-motivation, planning and time management, computer skills, and business English.
School Site Survey of MI Secondary Schools in Jordan-USAID
Dajani Consulting conducted a nation-wide survey on the elementary and secondary education sector, in order to assess the readiness of public secondary schools for the E-learning initiative adopted by Ministry of Education, as part of (ERfKE) program. The USAID funded program E Support Project or ESP contracted Dajani Consulting to carry out a comprehensive inventory of the information technology and network status of the secondary schools all over Jordan, in addition to assessment of the capacities and needs of Management Information teachers in these schools. The survey covered more than 230 schools containing IT laboratories, and more than 650 teachers. The survey instrument was developed particularly for this survey, and it included an E-readiness profile questionnaire for the school, and an interview questionnaire for the teachers.
Assessment of Access to Finance by Private schools Survey in Jordan – USAID
Access to finance in Jordan is a problem for many privately-owned schools in Jordan. To better understand more about this problem and to be able to design the right interventions to help Jordanian private schools approach Microfinance Institutions, Dajani Consulting was contracted by CONSULTUS company which manages the Private Schools Support - USAID funded program, to conduct a survey of more than 300 private schools in Amman to assess their financial and administrative status and needs, and to understand more about schools constraints with access to finance through local commercial banks or microfinance companies available in Jordan.
Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Education in Jordan
The implications of the 2008/2009 global financial crisis for the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All (EFA) goals remain a matter of uncertainty. UNESCO has monitored the impact of the crisis on the education sector of its Member States. Presently, UNESCO continues to study these effects, particularly on developing countries efforts to achieve the EFA goals. Dajani Consulting has been selected by UNESCO to conduct a quantitative and qualitative review of the impact of the global financial and economic crisis on primary school within the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (one of the 12 selected developing countries to be studied). The study will use survey research methods to describe whether and how primary education schools, teachers and parents’ economic and organizational stability/vulnerability conditions changed compared with the years before the 2008/2009 global and financial crisis. The study will also examine how primary education schools, teachers and parents adapt and cope with the changes brought about by the crisis and explore the conditions that may contribute to economic and organizational changes schools, teachers and parents faced during the crisis and to their adaptation and coping strategies. A sample of public and private schools shall be examined in several locations during this study.
Evaluation of INJAZ phase III - Amman / Jordan
INJAZ is considered among the most important initiatives in Jordan that deals with youth development and employability. Working through three key components, courses to schools and universities, job placement, and inspirational programs, INJAZ program was able to target more than 350,000 students in various youth groups and communities in Jordan. USAID procured the services of the consortium consisting from Dajani Consulting and ConsultUs to perform an evaluation of INJAZ phase III. The objectives of the evaluation include assessment of the extent to which INJAZ achieved its expected outcomes; identifying key strengths, weaknesses and gap areas in all areas of programming including the training programs and approaches. Another objective is to assess the satisfaction level of INJAZ stakeholders – youth, parents, private sector, and partner organizations. The evaluation will also try to make clear, evidence-based recommendations regarding the structure, content, sustainability, and approach of the program. Eventually, the evaluation will lead to recommendations on the program’s operational and managerial capacity to expand and serve younger students and students with special needs.
Dajani Consulting and ConsultUs designed research methodology and tool containing field survey of beneficiaries and stakeholders as a qualitative technique, in addition to focus group session as a quantitative technique. A team of senior consultants were assigned to collect information and review records and report about INJAZ III.
National Early Grade Literacy and Numeracy Survey in Jordan
EdData II is a world-wide program funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to support the development and use of cost-efficient survey-based information on key education issues. Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, a U.S. not-for-profit organization and lead implementer of the overall EdData II program, developed three assessment instruments to help generate stakeholder interest and to inform education policy reform. These three instruments are the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), the Early Grade Mathematics Assessment (EGMA), and the Snapshot of School Management Effectiveness (SSME) which incorporates portions of both EGRA and EGMA. These three instruments can be used to relatively quickly produce easily accessible information on children’s learning levels in the early grades. Information is produced in a way that political leaders, administrators and, (in the case of EGRA and EGMA) teachers and parents can understand; yet it is scientifically valid. If used on a continuous basis, both EGRA and EGMA can be used by teachers to monitor student learning in their classrooms and schools.
USAID/Jordan and Jordan’s Ministry of Education have agreed to use assessments and school survey instruments under the Ed Data II project to establish a baseline and, if necessary, inform policy dialogue related to potential new literacy and numeracy initiatives and more broadly to quality improvement in primary schools.
RTI contracted Dajani Consulting to apply the Snapshot of school Management Effectiveness (SSME), EGRA and EGMA assessments in 150 schools in Arabic language and assist RTI in the development of a report and presentation of the results, as well as to carry out a policy dialogue workshop based on the report and presentations. The project includes arranging and holding several workshops for stakeholders and researchers, in addition to conducting a national survey of basic education schools in order to collect assessment data and enter this data using special software to be processed and analyzed by education experts.