Independent Disbursement-Linked Indicator Verification Agent for the Learning, Equity and Accountability Program Support (LEAPS) Project

The Learning, Equity and Accountability Program Support Project aims to improve the quality of reading and maths skills of children in grades 1 to 3 in a number of target regions and schools within the Philippines. The World Bank has provided the Philippines Department of Education a results-based loan to implement a number of training programs, provide access to educational services, provide incentives and increasing accountability for the results achieved by school personnel as well as provide other educational resources designed to raise educational achievement. The program is particularly targeted to disadvantaged regions and groups in the Philippines. As part of this loan, the Department of Education requires an independent agent to verify disbursement-linked indicators (DLI’s) and confirm the achievement of selected DLI’s. ACTRC is the successful independent agency.

ACTRC’s role is to establish a verification strategy, validate and report on DLI progress and results. This project commenced in December 2015 and will conclude in December 2017.

Project team

Dr Therese Bustos, Project Director, University of the Philippines

Dr Esther Care, University of Melbourne

Dr Norma Cajilig, University of the Philippines

Xerxes de Castro, University of the Philippines

Judith Crigan

Dr Joel Javiniar, University of the Philippines