Parental Participation in Delhi Education

Power to the Parents

This project seeks to understand policies in Delhi that encourage parents—particularly those of traditionally underrepresented groups—to be more active in their children’s schools, either by running for elected positions or otherwise participating in local school governance committees.

Project Title

Parental Participation in Delhi Education

Cities in the Global South are growing rapidly; their leaders understand that how these cities incorporate their citizens, especially underrepresented citizens, is of increasing importance. As governments pivot from simply expanding access to basic services to improving their quality by increasing citizen participation, it is critical to have a greater understanding of the various ways to achieve participation.

Project Summary

Improving the quality of education has increasingly been recognized as a priority across the developing world. One effort in this direction has been to increase citizen participation in local schools. Various state governments across India are introducing reforms that encourage parents to take a more active role in the governance of their children’s schools. The reforms have sought to encourage underrepresented groups, particularly women and lower-caste parents, to run for elected positions in local school governance committees and also to increase parental participation in these bodies. Do more engaged citizens then improve school quality? And what effects do local community organizations have on political efficacy and service provision? This project explores these questions in examining the implementation and results of this type of reform in Delhi.

Partner Affiliations in India

Delhi School of Economics

Institute for Financial Management and Research

Principal Investigator

  • E.D.

    Emmerich Davies

    Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education