Catch Up Monitoring Systems
Catch Up was piloted by the Zambian Ministry of General Education, with support from the J-PAL Africa policy team along with Pratham, Innovations for Poverty Action Zambia, UNICEF Zambia, VVOB – education for development, and ZESSTA.
Catch Up was successfully implemented and will be scaled up to approximately 1,800 schools across Zambia. The Catch Up monitoring system relied on government officials at the school, zone, and district level. Additional mentors from VVOB – education for development were provided to strengthen the mentoring and monitoring system. This case study was drawn from observations and process monitoring conducted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Zambia and J-PAL Africa during the Catch Up pilot. The monitoring system and tools implemented during the Catch Up pilot in Zambia serve as examples and should not be replicated directly in other contexts. The current tools are being re-evaluated and improved for scale-up. When setting up monitoring systems, governments and implementers should carefully consider their specific contexts and constraints.