Data driven approaches to improving learning in emergency, conflict and crisis settings

Conflicts, natural disasters and pandemics keep millions of children out of school and the numbers are rising. In crisis-affected countries, school-age children are more than twice as likely to be out of school as their peers in other countries. An estimated 35 million children are displaced globally, and only a small proportion makes it to primary and secondary school. For children who attend school during emergencies, the quality of education can be low.

This webinar examined learning assessments and how they are used to drive policy and programming. It described Return to Learning, a data-driven program ran by Save the Children, which used Holistic Assessment of Learning and Development Outcomes (HALDO), a rapid response tool for emergency contexts. It also examined the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)'s systematic approach to monitoring equity and inclusion among refugee learners, and new approaches to monitoring equity and inclusion in the COVID-19 education context. A mapping exercise of assessment in emergencies, commissioned by the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), highlighted these and other initiatives around the world. Results from this new study were presented, and implications considered for how we understand quality and equitable learning outcomes in education in emergencies contexts.

MODERATOR: Stuart Cameron, Equity and Inclusion Thematic Lead, GPE Secretariat


  • Kate Anderson, Founder, Unbounded Associates
  • Allyson Kruper, Senior Specialist, Learning Research, Save the Children USA
  • James Campbell, Refugee Education and UN Partnerships Specialist, Save the Children USA
  • Tarek Daoud, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning Manager, Save the Children International – Lebanon Country Office
  • Helena Pylvainen, Senior Education Program Specialist, UNRWA
  • Mohammad Salameh, Deputy Chief Field Education Program, UNRWA West Bank Field Office
  • Fuad Ahmad Jadallah, Head Research, Monitoring and EMIS Unit, UNRWA
  • Anne Smiley, Associate Director, Research and Evaluation, FHI 360 and INEE Member of the Standards and Practice Working Group, Co-convener of the Data and Evidence Collaborative and M&E.

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