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Education systems research – catalysing a community

12 March 2015

There has been a lot going on in education systems research over the last year, all geared towards catalysing the growth of a community.

The joint ESRC-DFID programme UKCDS helped to design - Education and development: Raising learning outcomes in education systems – has awarded its first set of calls, focused on “effective teaching” and the second call window will be open March – May 2015. This will focus on “challenging contexts”.

The large DFID programme, announced by their Chief Economist at the UKCDS event in January 2014 is well underway. It’s been named “Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE)”. The ‘Intellectual Leadership Team’ setting the vision for the programme are a stellar group of international academics led by Harvard/Centre for Global Development’s Lant Pritchett. They have published three vision documents outlining where they see the programme (and the wider community) going:

These were launched at a UKCDS discussion event in January 2015, “Being in school is not enough: education systems research and the global learning crisis”.

This was a panel discussion, chaired by BBC journalist Sean Coughlan, and captured on our Storify. As the RISE programme defines its focus, and moves towards commissioning research, UKCDS will remain involved, promoting the funding calls widely, and seeking to connect the DFID programme to other UK and international funders to build momentum around the emerging field of education systems research for development.

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