How it works
Ensuring easy access to information
The structure and function of the Observatory promotes easy and continuous access to information and evidence by educational policymakers, partners and stakeholders. Two online live trackers—one on policy and practice responses and another one on emerging research—will provide easy access to evidence.
Both live trackers will be accompanied by quarterly evidence synthesis reports and briefing papers, case study reports, policy briefs, newsletters, articles and factsheets. These products will be disseminated through the Observatory’s communications channels and platforms, including through the KIX Africa 19 and KIX Africa 21 regional hubs as well as events organized by Observatory staff, GPE member countries and partners. The first brief, produced in January 2021, is now available on the KIX Observatory platform.
Positioning evidence for uptake
The KIX Observatory is leveraging its convening power, strong networks and links with national policymakers to communicate with target countries and regional actors to obtain relevant policy and practice resources for analysis and synthesis. It disseminates evidence through key policy-dialogue platforms that inform national mitigation strategies, programs and plans and will help to encourage uptake.
Moreover, these environments will provide the Observatory with a platform to bring intersecting issues of equity, equality and inclusion to the forefront in order to better respond to the needs of vulnerable groups, magnified by the challenges brought on by the pandemic.
Overall, by collecting and synthesizing evidence and creating awareness of the issues critical to the continued operation of education systems and the well-being of learners, the Observatory will inform future crisis preparedness and education system resilience.
How to get involved
For the KIX Observatory to be successful, it needs to meet three critical factors:
- Ensure the information and evidence it generates is valuable, credible and useful to GPE partner countries. This requires proper institutional arrangements for continuous engagement
- Ensure outputs are accessible through multiple communication channels and in different mediums to reach a wide range of actors from different disciplines and sectors
- Foster relationships with key policymakers to encourage research uptake and monitor how the evidence is being used in their interventions.
The KIX Observatory is always looking for evidence and information on the key topics and areas of focus mentioned above. If you a have resource that you would like to share, please use the online submission form or contact email@example.com. We are looking for resources that:
- give visibility to country achievements in the education sector
- effectively contribute to the body of research
- illuminate promising practices
- strengthen the credibility of knowledge from Africa, and
- promote innovative ideas.
The KIX Observatory is a valuable community of practice that should outlive its current 18-month duration to accomplish its mission of providing evidence for state and non-state actors in education to improve interventions that facilitate learning, child well-being, and system resilience.
The KIX Observatory on COVID-19 Responses in Africa’s Educational Systems is implemented by a consortium composed of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the African Union’s International Centre for the Education of Girls and Women in Africa (AU/CIEFFA), with the technical support from the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). To learn more, click here.