We design with empathy and prove by testing.
Empathy inspires design. We empathize with students to design solutions that work. We design solutions based on student and teacher needs, not donor demands. Students drive solutions, donors fund them. Empathy drove us to this cause; evidence drives our investment.
If it is not measured, it is not impact; and if it is not impact, it merits no investment. Evaluation is difficult to do well; few do it, and even fewer do it well. We do it well. Just as you would not take a drug that had not been clinically tested, we will not scale a program that has not been rigorously proven.
We use scientific rigor to prove impact and your return on investment. We randomize to measure impact. We randomly assign two groups to participate or not participate in our program in what the experts call a randomized control trial (RCT). This provides us with a control group against which we can compare results. The control group allows us to determine whether we had an impact because we can exclude the effects of other things that are difficult to see, like a student’s innate talent or drive. All evaluation has flaws, and an RCT is no exception. But we have found that an RCT, when done correctly, is less prone to error than most other methods.
Over the past four years, REACH has grown from 89 schools serving 2,555 students to 529 schools serving 16,872 students.
Map of Chiapas , Mexico Municipalities with REACH 1.0 - 4.0 schools