Early Childhood Data Set from the Rapidly Improving Standards in Elementary (RISE) Project

Papua New Guinea | 2018 | Save the Children

This data set was collected as part of the Rapidly Improving Standards in Elementary (RISE) PNG program that aims to improve the quality of early grade education for 100,000 4-8-year old’s in three provinces of Papua New Guinea (PNG). RISE PNG is a consortium led by Save the Children in partnership with Callan Services for Persons with Disabilities and Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) PNG. Funded by the Australian Government in partnership with the GoPNG, the project will run from July 2017 to April 2020.

Explore the Data: IDELA Domains and Equity

IDELA Domains and Equity

Average learning and development scores in IDELA domains

On average, children scored 57% correct on the IDELA assessment.

Distribution of Total IDELA scores

The distribution of scores was fairly normal, with 71-80% the most common score range.

Distribution of children’s ages

The average age of the children was 6 years old.

Average IDELA scores by child’s age

On average, one additional year was associated with an additional 6.8 percentage points correct in overall IDELA score.

Distribution of children’s gender

51% of children in the sample were female.

Average Total IDELA score by child’s gender

On average, boys scored 2.5 percentage points higher than girls.

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 potential.

How many types of learning activities did caregivers engage in with children in the last week?

The majority of children participated in four or more types of learning activities each week with their caregiver. However, over a quarter of the caregivers surveyed noted not doing any kid of learning activity in the home. This data did not see an association between number of learning activities and Total IDELA score.

Learning Materials in the Home

Caregivers were asked about the types of reading materials and toys they had in the home. For example, caregivers were asked if they had storybooks, puzzles, and/or toys that children could 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 types of reading materials and toys do children have at home?

Nearly half of the caregivers noted having four or more types of learning materials in the home.

Do children with more types of learning materials have stronger early learning and development?

This data found a significant relationship between home learning environment and Total IDELA. The addition of one material in the home correlated to a 0.5 percentage point increase in Total IDELA score.