This is a baseline evaluation report on Developing Effective Private Education Nigeria (DEEPEN) conducted by Education Data, Research and Evaluation in Nigeria (EDOREN). It summarises results from quantitative and qualitative fieldwork and a review of secondary documents. It is accompanied by a more detailed quantitative research report, and will be the base for shorter policy and research summary notes.
DEEPEN is a five-year (2013–2018) UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded education programme, and is the first programme to employ a market systems approach to improving children’s education (DEEPEN 2014a) in primary schools in Lagos. Building on the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach, DEEPEN’s approach had no obvious parallel in Nigeria or elsewhere (ibid) at the time of design. As well as being an innovative and experimental learning project, DEEPEN also incorporates significant research and evaluation activities.