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Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation for impact

The delivery of quality education hinges on strong frameworks and effective policies and plans. Central to this is a strong monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to track progress, highlight weaknesses, and set a path towards improvement. IIEP assists countries in strengthening their institutional capacities to exercise the M&E function, and the processes and tools to gather and use M&E information for higher impact.

Tracking progress with M&E frameworks

IIEP supports countries with the development of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks. In Mongolia, for example, IIEP provided technical assistance with the development of an M&E framework for the country's 2020-2030 education sector plan. The framework includes policy-level indicators, benchmarks, and timelines, and a description of monitoring arrangements within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Sports. This has been viewed as an indispensable tool, which will measure the extent to which policy translates into actual change in Mongolia’s education system.

UNESCO and IIEP, with specialists from the Ministry of Education and Science, organized training on policy planning and modelling, financial projections, and monitoring and evaluation, as well as technical guidance to improve the capacity of human resources."

Mid-term reviews improve implementation

A rural school in Kampong Prasat, in southern Cambodia.
A rural school in Kampong Prasat, in southern Cambodia.
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From Cambodia and Jordan to Kenya, IIEP is increasingly providing support with mid-term reviews of education sector plans. The aim is to assess progress during the mid-point of plan implementation, identifying any areas that need corrective action to achieve policy objectives. This process brings together ministry of education decision-makers and key education sector partners to reach collective decisions. In Cambodia and Jordan, the mid-term review also provided an opportunity to assess the impact of COVID-19 on education. To conduct a mid-term review, IIEP facilitates technical sessions and capacity development workshops with education ministry staff, a process critical to the long-term success of an education sector plan.

IIEP puts a strong focus on plan implementation

Mid-term evaluations were conducted in Cambodia, Jordan, and Kenya

A large part of educational planning is turning a vision into reality. To accomplish this, IIEP is increasingly shifting its focus from education sector plan development to plan implementation.”

Technical assistance to improve M&E processes

Taking into consideration specific needs in Latin America, IIEP developed a Technical Cooperation Toolbox on M&E in order to strengthen the Institute’s capacity to support technical teams in Member States across the region to review, adjust, and improve their M&E system. The toolbox gathers different theoretical frameworks and practical exercises on M&E in regional educational systems, taking into consideration several areas of application such as schools, teachers’ performance, programmes and projects, and learning outcomes.

IIEP is constantly increasing its capacity to work side-by-side with countries in the region to achieve improved quality in education, establish new benchmarks in assessment processes, and strengthen evidence-based decision-making for continuous policy improvement.”