The impact of digital supplemental education services on cognitive and social and emotional learning: Evidence from Vietnam


Although Vietnam is highly appreciated for its educational achievements, inequality in its education persists. At the high school education, the difference in enrollment rate between the poorest and wealthiest groups is 53 percentage points. Inequality may stem from inequality in access to supplementary educational services. This study was designed to answer the question of whether digital technology can reduce educational inequality.

Good socio-emotional learning skills (SEL) have been proven to improve students’ performance in school and increase their likelihood of success in the labor market. This study delivered a socio-emotional skills training course (Growth mindset training (GMT)) to 11th-grade students at 237 high schools in six provinces (Bac Giang, Hai Duong, Lao Cai, Nam Dinh, Quang Ninh, and Thanh Hoa) through face-to-face and online video modes at school. Funded by the World Bank and conducted by MDRI, Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences (VNIES), Kassel University (Germany), and EdMicro, the study aims to evaluate the impacts of the GMT course on 45,000 students and find an effective SEL teaching mode considering the relative costs of the two employed teaching modes.

Main tasks:

  • Coordinate and ensure the quality and progress of the study and partners’ activities and deliverables (such as face-to-face teaching materials, videos, GMT teacher and facilitator role descriptions, etc.)
  • Plan the study on a Gantt chart
  • Organize and coordinate with partners to do listing of schools, classes, and students, and GMT course in-school delivery to 25,000 students in 8 weeks
  • Review original and translated baseline and endline survey tools and ensure the quality of survey data of 25,000 GMT course participants and 20,000 non-participants
  • Organize direct supervision at schools and remote supervision, including developing supervision tools, training materials, training supervisors, developing supervision plans, and coordinating the supervision process
  • Apply for Research ethics approval


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08/2023 - 06/2024