Knowledge and Good Practice Exchange

Strengthening capacity through knowledge and good practice

GPE strengthens technical and institutional capacity of its partners to build effective and efficient education systems that deliver improved outcomes in learning, equity, gender equality and inclusion.

Through the Knowledge and Good Practice Exchange (KGPE) approach, GPE aims to leverage investments and increase the impact of its funding. It does so by catalyzing improved country capacity to plan sector strategies, review effective solutions to key education challenges and introduce systems for monitoring outcomes.

KGPE uses research, evidence-based policy and learning, innovations and data to address systemic challenges across countries and bring knowledge solutions to scale. KGPE is therefore intrinsic and fundamental to the work of the partnership, GPE’s theory of change and a core anchor for achieving GPE 2020.

Building on its comparative advantage and substantial experience in supporting sector planning, GPE provides grants for knowledge work and initiatives to promote sector monitoring.

KGPE is delivered through a suite of tools, products and services that help to identify, capture, store and disseminate knowledge and good practice across the partnership, in alignment with country priorities. This also creates opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange, supporting GPE’s mandate as a broker and convener of knowledge and good practice.

KGPE activities focus on three main areas:

  • Improving learning outcomes
  • Education financing and systems building
  • Equity, gender equality and inclusion.

Tools and activities

Special Initiatives

  1. Better Early Learning and Development at Scale (BELDS): Beginning in late 2016, BELDS will offer GPEpartner countries the opportunity to engage in a cross-national dialogue on early childhood care and education (ECCE). During planning and program design, countries eligible for new GPE grants will be able to share best practices and innovative approaches to addressing ECCE challenges. Countries will also receive small grants to strengthen the inclusion of ECCE in GPE grant applications for sector analysis and planning.
  2. Gender Responsive Education Sector Plans: KGPE on gender equality involves a range of activities aimed at strengthening the capacity of partner developing countries to advance gender equality in and through their education systems, and contributing to global knowledge on this topic. This includes support to trainings and workshops to roll out the new UNGEI-GPE Guidance for Developing Gender-Responsive Education Sector Plans, developing and sharing knowledge products on gender equality in education, and facilitating cross-national knowledge exchange.
  1. Assessment for Learning (A4L): Building on a proposal developed through a consultative process as part of the Learning Metrics Task Force, GPE will help initiate a start-up phase of A4L in late 2016. It will include the establishment of small grants to countries to support:
  2. The Global and Regional Activities (GRA) program (2013-2016) supports education stakeholders in researching and applying new knowledge and evidence-based practices to particular education challenges in selected areas. Since 2013, the GRA program has granted US$31 million to 15 activities:
    • Learning outcomes and quality education: Seven grants totaling US$17 million for research, knowledge sharing and capacity development activities in 53 countries.
    • Education financing and systems building: Three grants totaling US$4 million to support research, development of new tools, capacity development, and evidence-based advocacy in at least 14 countries.
    • Out-of-school children, access and equity: Five grants totaling US$9.7 million assessed the persistent challenges of access to education and barriers confronted by out-of-school children in more than 60 countries.
  3. Developing country partner (DCP) meetings DCP meetings are a unique global gathering of education planners from 65+ ministries of education in GPE partner countries (including federal structures), alongside development partners. The meetings are convened ahead of the GPE Board of Directors' meetings and serve a dual purpose:
    • a platform for consultation, coordination and communication on GPE governance matters in order to feed into the GPE Board meetings.
    • a platform for KGPE and peer-to-peer learning. A third of DCP meetings is dedicated to KGPE, where country experiences are leveraged to drive knowledge and learning about national and global level innovations.

GPE webinar series

Launched in May 2016, the “Developing and supporting effective education systems” webinar series fosters knowledge exchange and sharing of good practices across the partnership, supporting the realization of GPE strategic goals and national objectives. The series is based on demand from partners and hosts global and nationally-focused webinars on an alternating monthly schedule.

The series draws from:

  • good practices, innovations and research from GPE partners that could benefit other partners
  • technical and country-facing work that the GPE Secretariat is conducting
  • new tools and methodologies from the Global and Regional Activities (GRA) program.

The series aims to reinforce the link between country-level processes and the work of the partnership at the global level. For further information contact:  

Knowledge products

A girl writes in a school in Sierra Leone. Credit: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer

GPE publications capture and disseminate knowledge and information within and across the Partnership. Knowledge products include a wide variety of publication types serving different purpose. Visit our library to browse our publications.

Technical workshops and peer-to-peer events: GPE carries out other knowledge-related capacity development activities to strengthen education systems and planning. Plans are underway to enhance our use of technology to provide access to knowledge, collaboration and an online GPE community of partner partners engaged in ongoing dialogue and exchange.

Sector analysis workshops promote better monitoring and implementation of education sector plans, and greater alignment with national systems to fully realize the added value of the partnership approach.

Strengthening capacity in education sector planning: Together with the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning, GPE developed guidelines for education sector plan (ESP) and transitional education plan (TEP) preparation and appraisal. The guidelines describe the features that make sector plans credible, and help to strengthen national governments and local education groups' capacities in sector planning.