Knowledge and Innovation Exchange

GPE’s Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) aims to strengthen national education systems and accelerate educational progress by engaging developing countries and other partners in knowledge generation, innovation, and capacity strengthening.

The KIX mechanism has two interrelated components: the Learning Exchange — a range of modes for sharing knowledge across the partnership — and Knowledge and Innovation Funding — targeted global goods investments that strengthen national capacity to solve key educational challenges. Through these components, KIX activities will reinforce GPE’s support to partner countries.

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The Learning Exchange

The Learning Exchange is a powerful partnership platform for learning and innovation. It will:

  • consolidate, curate and broker knowledge from across the partnership to build capacity for better policy design and implementation
  • reinforce the effectiveness of GPE’s support to partner countries for better sector planning, systems strengthening, and sector monitoring
  • support knowledge exchange through the creation of learning modules, curation and synthesis of data and evidence, peer exchange and publications
  • include a knowledge hub that will act as a digital clearinghouse and repository for knowledge products, tools and resources from across the partnership.

Knowledge and Innovation Funding

Thematic funding will support global and regional initiatives that increase knowledge exchange, encourage innovation and strengthen national capacity to solve critical educational challenges in key areas:

  • Learning assessment systems
  • Data systems
  • Early childhood care and education
  • Gender and equality
  • Teaching and learning
  • Equity and inclusion.

Thematic funding will support:

  • Capacity development and knowledge exchange: activities that strengthen national capacity through peer review and exchange; creation of learning modules and diagnostic tools, and face-to-face exchange.
  • Evidence and evaluation: activities that aim to consolidate and/or extend knowledge about how to improve educational outcomes and national education systems through research, evaluation and other means.
  • Innovation pilots. Piloting and scaling of approaches, methods, tools or products that solve persistent educational challenges.

Investments will be guided by the priorities of developing countries and allocated through a competitive process. Knowledge products, innovation pilots, and related tools developed through KIX funding will be shared through the Learning Exchange to amplify their uptake.

KIX design process and timeline

The KIX mechanism is being designed through consultations with developing country partners, other Board constituencies and expert focus groups (comprised of country partners and technical experts) between May and December.  

A high-level holistic design blueprint for KIX is in the final stage of development by an external for review and approval by the GPE Strategy and Impact Committee in October 2018.

A call for expressions of interest to select a grant agent to operationalize KIX was launched earlier this year. The Strategy and Impact Committee reviewed grant agent recommendations in July 2018 and the grant agent selection process is being completed.

Following the conclusion of this process, the selected grant agent will complete the design for KIX and submit a full proposal for review and approval by the Strategy and Impact Committee and the GPE Board in January 2019.

KIX will be operational in early 2019.

If you have questions about KIX, please contact: imacpherson@globalpartnership.org

Ongoing knowledge initiatives

Knowledge work has been piloted in the areas of early education, gender equality and learning assessment through the following initiatives:

Better early learning and development at scale (BELDS): BELDS encourages GPE partner countries 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 can share best practices and innovative approaches to addressing ECCE challenges. Countries can also receive small grants to strengthen the inclusion of ECCE in GPE grant applications for sector analysis and planning.

Gender-responsive education sector plans: This work aims to strengthen the capacity of partner countries to advance gender equality in and through their education systems, and contribute to global knowledge on this topic. This includes support to trainings and workshops to roll out the 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.

Assessment for Learning (A4L): A4L seeks to build capacity for national learning assessment systems to measure and improve learning. A4L provides technical and financial assistance to support sector planning and analysis, capacity building and knowledge exchange at the regional level, as well as promote comprehensive measurements of learning.

Other knowledge activities

  • The Global and Regional Activities (GRA) program supports education stakeholders in researching and applying new knowledge and evidence-based practices to education challenges in selected areas.
  • Developing country partner (DCP) meetings are unique global gatherings of education planners from 65+ ministries of education in GPE partner countries, alongside development partners. The meetings are convened ahead of GPE Board of Directors' meetings and serve a dual purpose:
    • a platform for consultation, coordination and communication on GPE governance matters to feed into GPE Board meetings.
    • a platform for peer-to-peer learning. A third of DCP meetings is dedicated to knowledge exchange, where country experiences are leveraged to drive knowledge and learning about national and global level innovations.
  • The GPE webinar series fosters knowledge exchange and sharing of good practices across the partnership. The series is based on demand from partners and hosts global and nationally-focused webinars on an alternating monthly schedule. For further information contact: webinars@globalpartnership.org

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