Rigorously Evaluated


Our latest external evaluation results show that 4 years after Educate!, our graduates are better off than their peers in key areas linked to improved life outcomes.


Among other benefits, Educate! leads to increased secondary school completion rates, more youth selecting STEM and business majors, improved soft skills, delayed fertility, reductions in risky behavior, and declines in intimate partner violence.


From what we’ve seen, this is the first evaluation in Africa to causally link soft skills to improvements in life outcomes related to education and gender.


This randomized controlled trial (RCT) was conducted in partnership with researchers from the University of California-Berkeley, the World Bank, and Innovations for Poverty Action, to measure the long-term impact of our program.


 “These results command attention as successful interventions of this type do not abound.”

- Luis Benveniste, Practice Director for Education Global Practice, World Bank


The follow-on RCT shows that students who participate in the Educate! Experience demonstrate significantly improved outcomes 4 years after completing the program, including:


Large and lasting impacts on transferable or soft skills

Educate! participants show statistically significant improvement in areas like creativity, grit, pro-social attitudes, and self-efficacy.

Greater education attainment and improved outcomes

Educate! Scholars are more likely to graduate from high school, select higher-earning majors, complete higher education studies, and earn higher cumulative grade point averages.

Improved gender equity-related life outcomes

Educate! participants have a lower likelihood of ever having been pregnant, have fewer children, report fewer incidences of domestic violence, and an increased likelihood of feeling as though they can work outside the home.

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Girls achieve even greater results.


Female participants are 7.9% more likely to graduate from secondary than their female peers, enough to virtually close the gender gap for secondary graduation.

These evaluation results demonstrate that our model continues to make progress towards gender equity, with an even larger relative impact on girls as compared to boys.


Our gender impact effect sizes are comparable to interventions that purely target gender outcomes.

Female Educate! grads are more likely to:

  • Have lower tolerance for domestic violence; and report fewer incidences of violence

  • Embrace and support views of their roles as equals

  • Claim a role in making household decisions and deciding whether to participate in the labor market

Male Educate! grads are more likely to:

  • Recognize women’s value and roles in society

  • Recognize women’s right to safe and consensual sex

  • Report engaging in less risky behavior

Both male and female Educate! grads:

  • Delay family formation and have fewer children than their peers

  • Have improved attitudes towards acceptability of intimate partner violence

  • Express more egalitarian views


 We’re preparing youth with the skills to succeed in today’s economy.


Evaluation Philosophy

Educate!’s impact measurement philosophy relies on periodic, rigorous external evaluations to measure medium- and long-term outcomes. Our model has been extensively evaluated, including through two randomized controlled trials of our programs in Uganda and Rwanda. For these evaluations Educate! is currently partnering with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley; Innovations for Poverty Action; Oregon State University; and the World Bank, with funding from the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). These evaluations are examining our impact on the following outcomes: 21st-century skills development, educational attainment, community involvement and leadership, as well as economic outcomes.


 An earlier randomized controlled trial (RCT) found that towards the end of secondary school, participants of our program earn nearly DOUBLE the income of their peers.

The longer-term follow-on RCT results in Uganda demonstrate that even as we've dramatically increased the number of youth we reach, we continue to intensively impact the lives of thousands of African youth each year.


2019 Impact Snapshot


For current data on our program in Uganda, check out our Impact Dashboard