Open government to fight corruption in education
IIEP’s exploration of open school data highlighted the power of school-level information in promoting transparency and integrity in education. Now, IIEP is investigating how to empower citizens to monitor their right to quality education. This has entailed researching the rise of open government in education –the opening up of government data, decision-making, and processes to public involvement and scrutiny. To better understand the potential dividends but also the possible risks of open government, IIEP has investigated an array of initiatives. These range from promoting transparency in the contracting of school meals in Colombia, to making schools accountable for the use of parental donations in Ukraine, and situating citizens as the primary agents to monitor their right to education through social auditing in India. The research included a literature review, a global survey, seven case studies, two thematic studies, and five policy briefs, as well as a Policy Forum in November 2021 to facilitate knowledge-sharing on how citizens can better understand their education system and demand action to improve it.
Some 15 documents produced
New online course run with 80 participants from 13 countries
Global advocacy with short animated films
Training on internal quality assurance supports reform in Tunisia
In Tunisia, a reform is underway to improve the governance of higher education and the employability of graduates. IIEP recently supported this effort with a tailor-made training course for Tunisian universities on internal quality assurance (IQA) in higher education. The training was delivered to 13 public universities and the network of Instituts Supérieurs d'Études Technologiques. Adapted specifically to the Tunisian context, the participants explored the links between IQA and governance, teaching and learning, and employability. The course built on IIEP’s international research on IQA and subsequent training, deployed both online and in person in Southeast Asia, the Near and Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and Mongolia. This was the first time that the course had been adapted to fit into a context of national higher education reform.
75 participants attended from 13 universities
100% intend to implement changes
95% plan to develop or revise their institution’s quality policy
Promoting policy continuity
To guarantee the right to education in complex contexts, countries must develop strategies for policy continuity. In June 2021, Ecuador underwent a change of government and achieved a fluid transition between its highest educational authorities. Both the current and former governments –who are committed to governance and transparency– met soon after during IIEP’s Regional Technical Dialogue in Latin America. María Brown and Monserrat Creamer, Ecuador’s upcoming and outgoing Ministers of Education, respectively, discussed the effectiveness and continuity of policies implemented during the pandemic, as well as lessons learned and challenges going forward.