Great paper with results confirming what has long been hypothesized. "broadening the pool of applicants" i.e., increasing awareness about its existence, not to mention the application requirements, deadlines, processes, and so on, has always been the biggest bottleneck to school-voucher type approaches.
Even once the awareness issue is resolved, however, there are other socio-cultural issues that will prevent folks from exercising their rights. MGNREGA (employment guarantee for those outside the Indian context) illustrates this with even those aware of their rights being explicitly or implicitly denied them owing to power differentials, caste/economic class differentials, and of course, corruption.
In any case, are you aware of any efforts targeted at providing this kind of awareness not just to potential beneficiaries, but to all stakeholders? Also, considering we are learning engineering here, I am wondering about ways to do this at scale.
Thanks for sharing!