Service Delivery Indicators Education Survey 2013 - Harmonized Public Use Data
The Service Delivery Indicators (SDI) are a set of health and education indicators that examine the effort and ability of staff and the availability of key inputs and resources that contribute to a functioning school or health facility. The indicators are standardized allowing comparison between nations and across subnational boundaries over time.
The Education SDIs include teacher effort, teacher knowledge and ability, and the availability of key inputs (for example, textbooks, basic teaching equipment, infrastructure). The indicators provide a snapshot of the learning environment and key resources, which need to be in place for students to learn.
Uganda Service Delivery Indicators Education Survey was implemented between June 20th and August 7th, 2013 by the Economic Policy Research Centre in close coordination with the World Bank SDI team. Overall, 400 primary schools were visited; 2,197 primary three, four, and five teachers were assessed on English, mathematics, and pedagogy; 3,806 teachers of all grades were followed for absence rate. Also, although learning outcomes were not part of the indicators, 3,966 primary four pupils were assessed on English, mathematics, and non-verbal reasoning. It was crucial that the indicators be correlated with pupil learning outcomes because the SDI was geared towards capturing the drivers of learning outcomes at the school level.
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
v01, harmonized and anonymized data for public distribution
Unit of analysis
All primary schools
Producers and sponsors
The World Bank
Economic Policy Research Center
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
After the total sample size and its allocation across regions were decided, the next step was to sample the actual schools that would be included in the final sample and the pupils and teachers to be assessed within each school. This was done using a two-stage sampling method. First, in each stratum, schools were chosen within the selected counties, and then, teachers and pupils were selected in a second stage within each selected school.
The schools were chosen using probability proportional to size (PPS), where size was the number of primary four pupils as provided by the 2012 EMIS database. As for the selection of the cluster, the use of PPS implied that each primary four pupil within a stratum had an equal probability for his/her school to be selected.
Finally, within each school, up to 10 primary four pupils and 10 teachers were selected. Pupils were randomly selected among the primary four pupil body, whereas for teachers there were two different procedures for measuring absence rate and assessing knowledge. For absence rate, 10 teachers were randomly selected in the teachers' roster and the whereabouts of those teachers was ascertained in a return surprise visit. For the assessment, however, all teachers who were currently teaching in primary four or taught primary three the previous school year were included in the sample. Then a random number of teachers in upper grades were included to top up the sample. These procedures implied that pupils across strata, as well as teachers across strata and within school (for assessment), did not all have the same probability of selection. It was, therefore, warranted to compute weights for reporting the survey results.
Detailed information on the sampling procedure is available in the attached report.
To be representative of the population of interest, sample estimates from the 2013 Uganda SDI had to be properly weighted using a sampling weight, or expansion factor. Note that different weights needed to be applied depending on the relevant level for the variable (the school, teacher or pupil). The basic weight for each entity was equal to the inverse of its probability of selection, which was computed by multiplying the probabilities of selection at each sampling stage. All the weights were computed and included in the dataset.
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
The SDI Education Survey Questionnaire consists of six modules:
Module 1: School Information - Administered to the head of the school to collect information about school type, facilities, school governance, pupil numbers, and school hours. Includes direct observations of school infrastructure by enumerators.
Module 2a: Teacher Absence and Information - Administered to head teacher and individual teachers to obtain a list of all school teachers, to measure teacher absence and to collect information about teacher characteristics.
Module 2b: Teacher Absence and Information - Unannounced visit to the school to assess absence rate.
Module 3: School Finances - Administered to the head teacher to collect information about school finances (not included in the harmonized data)
Module 4: Classroom Observation - An observation module to assess teaching activities and classroom conditions.
Module 5: Pupil Assessment - A test of pupils to have a measure of pupil learning outcomes in mathematics and language in grade four.
Module 6: Teacher Assessment - A test of teachers covering mathematics and language subject knowledge and teaching skills.
Economic Policy Research Centre
Data entry was done using CSPro; quality control was done in Stata.
The harmonized, anonymized datasets are available as public use files.
Researchers who feel that they need non-anonymized data should contact firstname.lastname@example.org with a statement of research objectives and a rationale for why they require such data. That will start the Research Use File discussion.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Waly Wane, The World Bank. Uganda Service Delivery Indicators Education Survey (SDI-E) 2013 - Harmonized Public Use Data, Ref. UGA_2013_SDI-E_v01_M_v01_A_PUF. Dataset downloaded from [URL] on [date].
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