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Strengthening Data Systems and Utilization in the Education Sector

GPE Summit Side Event
(Past event)

Event type: Webinar

Related research: Data Must Speak

events27 July 2021time16:00 - 17:30 BST

The sharing and exchange of knowledge with and among countries is one of the key functions of the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge Innovation Exchange (KIX). As GPE’s chosen mechanism to support and mobilize evidence among partner countries, KIX has gathered relevant lessons and experiences from educational stakeholders across the globe. When it comes to learning from approaches to designing and implementing more reliable data systems for education, the creation of multi-country education research projects facilitates this process. These projects ensure that country-level data is actually informing educational decision-making--driving knowledge into practice.

On July 27, 2021, as a part of the “Global Education Summit: Financing GPE 2021-2025”, KIX moderated the panel “Strengthening Data Systems and Utilization in the Education Sector: Lessons Learned from Three KIX Co-Funded Multi-Country Research Efforts.” This event presented and analyzed three ongoing KIX co-funded research projects that have been designed hand-in-hand with in-country partners (including Ministries of Education) during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was hosted in English and included simultaneous interpretation in French and Spanish. This event contributes important knowledge and “know-how” on several ongoing global education discussions, including:

How to co-create and co-implement large-scale education research with Ministries of Education, local academics, and in-country partners?

What are some of the best practices and lessons learned from coordinating multi-country education research across contexts?

How can research play a vital role in ensuring strengthening of Education data systems and utilization for more data-informed decision-making?

How has the COVID-19 global health pandemic impacted the three research projects presented and what are some of the mitigation strategies put in place?

Which ones worked and why?


Renaud Comba

UNICEF Innocenti

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