Education sector expertise
Over the last ten years, TANGO has attained extensive research and evaluation experience in the education sector. This experience covers education and child-focused interventions relating to school feeding, education access, literacy, WASH in school programs, education in emergencies and school-based disaster risk reduction.
Key recent projects include:
- Conducted research on the impact of climate hazards on the Philippines education sector, and developed a cost-analysis framework to determine the economic consequences of hazard impacts on education (2017)
- Conducted the final evaluation of a project to improve children’s literacy in two war-affected provinces of northern Sri Lanka (2017)
- Conducted the mid-term evaluation of WFP Bhutan Development Project: Improving Children’s Access to Education (2017)
- Completed multiple WFP evaluations including school feeding and nutrition components: WFP Cambodia (2017), WFP Myanmar (2016), WFP Bangladesh (2015), and WFP Malawi 2014.
- Worked closely with our partner in Afghanistan to pilot a community-based disaster preparedness model that integrates school- and community-based disaster preparedness within the annual planning cycle of Community Development Councils (2014-2016)
- Conducted the final evaluation of the WASH in schools program implemented by partners in Eastern Indonesia (2014)
Participatory data collection involving children
TANGO facilitates a range of data collection activities that directly engage children and promote child participation. In qualitative data collection, TANGO uses visual tools such as flash cards and drawing exercises in focus group discussions to promote interaction with children. For quantitative data collection, TANGO ensures that survey tools are age appropriate. TANGO has also facilitated innovative techniques that promote participatory data collection such as Photo-voice is a child-led data collection method. Photo-voice involves equipping children with cameras and enabling them to capture the situation on the ground through their lens, as they perceive.
TANGO applies research ethics and child protection standards established by United Nations agencies and international NGOs. Most recently, TANGO has undergone certification and clearance processes from Save the Children and Plan International to allow for fieldwork involving children. All TANGO staff, consultants, and officers are also trained internally on ethical research safeguards, and child and youth protection, based on current UNICEF guidance and client policies and standards.