Quality education data are essential to build effective, resilient and accountable education systems. Data also inform planning and policy decisions by governments.
However, many lower-income countries lack both strong education data systems and the tools needed to communicate data insights and help governments focus resources where they are most needed.
Fewer than half of GPE partner lower-income countries gather and communicate sufficient data on key education indicators to UIS (2019 results report).
The lack of data is holding back progress in education. A solid education management information system (EMIS) and learning assessment system are core to a country’s capacity to produce and monitor education data and evaluate whether children are learning, and resources are being effectively deployed.
95% of grants supported learning assessment systems or EMIS in 2019.
GPE in action
Through grants and research, GPE invests in data solutions to inform education planning and policy decisions by governments and support strong systems.
Knowledge exchange: Through the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), GPE works with partners at global and national levels to accelerate progress in collecting and using data that support new methods, benchmarks and tools, along with best practices and innovation. Strengthening data systems is one of six thematic areas addressed through KIX, and a discussion paper mapped existing knowledge, gaps and opportunities.
In addition, in 2018, the Secretariat along with UNESCO co-sponsored an international conference on EMIS where over 20 countries and partners from 10 technical agencies took the stage to share their experience with data systems.
Grants: GPE funds education plans that are based on data and evidence. To receive a GPE grant, a partner country must have an effective data strategy in place or must report data to the international development community.
Monitoring progress: GPE’s results framework measures progress on data systems by monitoring the proportion of partner countries that report a set of key education indicators to UIS. For countries applying for GPE implementation grants, the results framework also monitors whether potential grantees have a data strategy that meets quality standards.
Education Data Solutions Roundtable
The Education Data Solutions Roundtable (DRT), a multi-stakeholder initiative convened by GPE, recognized the potential of the business community to co-create innovative solutions and provide new technologies to drive improvements in education data.
The DRT leveraged government, civil society, private and development partners’ expertise to improve the availability and use of accurate and timely education data for education planning in both lower-income countries and at global level.
In response to the bottlenecks identified by lower-income countries affecting their education data systems, the DRT developed recommendations for sustainable solutions and capacity building strategies.