Innocenti Research Briefs Data Must Speak: Academic performance of primary school girls in Madagascar AUTHOR(S) Alexis Le Nestour; Andrea Lepine; Renaud Comba Published: 2023 Innocenti Research Briefs Improving access to quality education for all school-age children is one of the priorities of the Government of Madagascar. The 2018-2022 Education Sector Plan sets ambitious goals in this direction, but significant challenges remain to improve learning and retention.This policy brief – about girls’ academic performance in primary school – is part of a series that presents key research findings of the quantitative stage of the Data Must Speak (DMS) Positive Deviance research in Madagascar. By merging and analyzing existing administrative datasets in Madagascar, this series highlights specific resources and contextual factors associated with good school performances in Madagascar. More importantly, it aims to inform policy dialogue and decision-making in Madagascar and other interested countries. DMS – a global initiative implemented since 2014 – aims to address the evidence gaps to mitigate the learning crisis using existing data. DMS research is co-created and co-implemented with Ministries of Education and key partners. DMS research relies on mixed methods and innovative approaches (i.e., positive deviance approach, behavioural sciences, implementation research and scaling science) to generate knowledge and practical lessons about ‘what works’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ to scale grassroots solutions for national policymakers and the broader international community of education stakeholders. DMS research is currently implemented in 14 countries: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Madagascar, Mali, Nepal, Niger, the United Republic of Tanzania, Togo and Zambia. + - Cite this publication | No. of pages: 4 | Thematic area: Education | Tags: data analysis, education × COPY BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION Alexis Le Nestour; Andrea Lepine; Renaud Comba 2023 Data Must Speak: Academic performance of primary school girls in Madagascar. , pp. 4.