4.3.1 Pilot projects
One approach may be to establish initial pilot projects in different school environments. In a monitored environment, authorities can then test how LCCDs will be used in those different school situations. They can compare LCCD pilots in urban and rural settings, with public and private schools, and with younger and older students.
This was the approach taken in Haiti where a representative sample of different school environments was selected. 170 Determining a representative sample size will determine the number of LCCDs that will be needed for a pilot to ensure a scientifically accurate evaluation across a range of school environments.
170 “A preliminary sampling matrix has been identified to capture the following school characteristics: urban, rural, public, non-public, multi-grade and single-teacher schools. To accommodate these variables, allowing for variation in results the sample should contain a minimum of 13,200 beneficiaries. The TC will finance the further elaboration of this matrix, from which an estimated 60 public and non-public primary schools in three departments will be selected for the pilot. All beneficiary schools will belong to existing school networks structured around Basic Education Pedagogical Support Centers (EFACAP). Implementation of the pilot will be sequenced, allowing for ongoing evaluation and comparison between groups of schools receiving the XO laptops at the beginning and at the end of the pilot. An additional category will be created of schools offering the over-age accelerated program.” http://idbdocs.iadb.org/wsdocs/getdocument.aspx?docnum=1364380