This data set includes data from 666 children and 363 caregivers in East Amman, Jordan. The average age of children was 4.5. Data was collected as part of the baseline of an impact evaluation assessing the effect of educational mobile applications on learning and development outcomes.
IDELA Domains and Equity
Average learning and development scores in IDELA domains
On average, children scored 37% correct on the IDELA assessment.
Distribution of total IDELA scores
The distribution of IDELA scores was fairly normal, but many children scored very low. Four in ten children answered fewer than 30% of the questions in IDELA successfully.
Distribution of children’s ages
Most children in the sample were four or five years old.
Average IDELA scores by child’s age
On average, one additional year was associated with an additional 10.9 percentage points correct in overall IDELA score.
Distribution of children’s gender
53% of children in the sample were boys.
Average Total IDELA score by child’s gender
Girls scored significantly higher on IDELA than boys. On average, girls scored 3.9 percentage points higher than boys.
Home Learning Activities
Caregivers are asked about the types of learning activities they engaged in with their children in the past week. For example, caregivers are asked questions about whether they read stories to their child, taught letters or numbers, and/or sang songs with their child. Home learning activities provide stimulation which can help children reach their full developmental potentia
How many types of learning activities did caregivers engage in with children in the last week?
On average, children are experiencing a lot of learning activities. Nearly all caregivers reported engaged in more than 4 types of learning activities with their children.es.
Do children who engage in more types of learning activities have stronger early learning and development?
More types of learning activities was significantly associated with stronger IDELA scores. For each additional type of learning activity, we predict a 1.2 percentage point increase in Total IDELA score.
Learning Materials in the Home
Caregivers are asked about the types of reading materials and toys they have in the home. For example, caregivers are asked if they have storybooks, puzzles, and/or toys that children can practice counting with. Toys and reading material provide a stimulating environment for children to explore, which can help boost early learning and development.
How many reading materials and toys do children have at home?
On average, children have access to a rich learning environment. Most (92%) caregivers reported owning four or more types of reading materials and toys.
Do children with more types of learning materials have stronger early learning and development?
More types of learning materials was significantly associated with stronger IDELA scores. For each additional type of learning material, we predict a 1.1 percentage point increase in Total IDELA score.
Caregivers are asked about the types of possessions that they own. The exact types of possessions asked about is contextual. For example, caregivers may be asked if they have a mobile phone, a bicycle, and/or electricity in the home. While not directly impacting early learning and development, children from wealthier families often have more opportunities.
How many types of possessions do families own?
On average, families have a large number of types of home possessions. Nearly all caregivers reported owning four or more types of common home possessions.
Do children from wealthier families have stronger early learning and developmental outcomes?
More types of home possessions was significantly associated with stronger IDELA scores. For each additional type of learning material, we predict a 1.2 percentage point increase in Total IDELA score.