A shared vision for the future of education
Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of an education system is the first step in the planning process. IIEP works with countries to conduct education sector and institutional analyses, using a recognized and proven methodology. Most recently, IIEP supported Burundi, Iraq, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Somalia with a complete diagnostic of their education systems. Carried out with a multi-sectoral national team formed at the start of the collaboration, this type of analysis helps build consensus and a shared vision for the future of education.
In 2021, IIEP also co-published the third volume of the Methodological Guidelines for education sector analysis. The new volume addresses effectiveness of educational administrations, inclusion of children and youth with disabilities, and how to anticipate and address the hazards and risks that threaten educational continuity.
11 countries supported with Education Sector Analysis (ESA)
9 countries supported with Education Sector Plans (ESP)
6 countries supported with ESA and ESP
Bridging research findings with policy design
Throughout its activities, IIEP strives to bring research findings closer to educational planners and managers, as well as providing the codes and tools necessary to process large amounts of educational and geospatial data. This is part of a larger shift towards pioneering methodologies, datasets, and free open source technologies to reshape and modernize educational planning practices. IIEP also hosted its first-ever hackathon in January 2021, bringing together more than 100 planners and digital experts to prototype new tools to help address longstanding challenges in educational planning. Other IIEP tools available include:
School-age population yearly estimates at the most local level
Multi-criteria analysis to find less risky areas for school infrastructure
Analysis of travel time and distance to school to determine accessibility
Optimized inspection circuits to improve school quality
500 education policies at your fingertips
The IIEP Policy Toolbox responds to real-life challenges in education today. From teacher absenteeism and school-related violence to teaching skills, this accessible, online platform provides a myriad of policy options for decision-makers and planners to consider when customizing and contextualizing their own policies. Users can explore more than 500 policy examples spanning some 50 educational challenges related to access, learning, and equity and inclusion.
Improving information systems for policy-making
In Latin America, a number of initiatives are underway to strengthen strategies for linking data, decision-making, and education management processes. Together with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, IIEP developed a Community of Specialists in Data for Educational Planning, a space where experts on education management and information systems (EMIS) can exchange experiences and enrich the existing range of tools and concepts. The new community of practice is also informing the fifth edition of the Regional Forum on Education Policy –the largest event of 2021 for the IIEP Office for Latin America– on how to use information systems in education policy-making. Bringing together education officials from across Latin America and the Caribbean, the forum brings to the fore new recommendations for robust, relevant, and effective information systems.