How to be a caring school
A study on the effects of prevention and intervention measures for preventing the dropout of students from the education system
To support the implementation of the legislative provision related to drop-out prevention and intervention measures in Serbia, UNICEF in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Center for Education Policy developed and piloted a drop-out prevention model in ten primary and secondary vocational schools in Serbia in the period from 2014 to 2016.
The school improvement plan targeted schools in poor settings and with high levels of school drop-out and decreased drop-out rates by 66%.
This piloting included a robust data collection exercise throughout the implementation phase, aimed at evaluating the quality of design and effectiveness of the drop-out prevention model to enable its easy implementation in all schools in Serbia.
An evaluation of the effectiveness of the model was based on quantitative and qualitative quasi-experimental research design (without a control group) with multiple measurements: pre-, post- and intermediary tests to ensure with higher reliability that the effects of the intervention and the possible changes in indicators can be attributed to the effects of the intervention.