Research Agenda & Partners
The Commission established a set of research hubs and a network of expert advisors focusing on various pieces of investigation. The Commission also established panels of experts to provide insights into three specific issues: technology, health and finance.
Proposals stemming from this research:
- Make the case for investment
- Demonstrate the scale of the challenge
- Highlight the reforms needed for transformation and more effective education delivery
- Estimate the financing needs to achieve the goals
- Identify sources of finance and effective architecture
Meet Some of Our Research Partners
Association for the Development of Education in Africa
Association for the Development of Education in Africa will contribute policy and planning recommendations for both addressing the growing teacher shortage in Africa and for expanding educational workforce planning beyond the traditional teaching profession.
The Brookings Institution will look at prerequisites to impact financing for early childhood development, and will also contribute a scan of alternatives to current schooling models across the globe. They will also contribute analysis of the application and adaptability of the My School model, an online platform that links disaggregated data about schools, in a developing country context.
Center for Global Development
Center for Global Development will contribute analysis of learning trends and education systems using regional and international student assessments, household surveys, and school data. They will also provide input on aid architecture, outcomes-based aid, and the role of MDBs in education financing.
Centre for Lebanese Studies
Centre for Lebanese Studies will contribute a study on the future prospects of Syrian refugee children who have dropped out of Lebanese public schools, highlighting best to reduce dropout rates, reintegrate out-of-school refugees, and position Syrian students for success after graduation.
Centre for Policy Research
Centre for Policy Research will contribute an analysis of the roles of the central government, state governments, and private actors in addressing education inequality in India.
Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa
Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa will contribute an analysis of the basic education system in Nigeria with a focus on effectiveness, accountability, and equity in financing. They will also examine viable options for financing basic education in Nigeria, particularly at the state level.
Economic Policy Group
Economic Policy Group will contribute analysis of company engagement in the skill development space globally, including using India, South Africa, Brazil and the UK as cases studies.
Education International will contribute examples of positive collaborations between teacher unions and governments in Mali, Uganda, Gambia, and Chile, as well as provide recommendations for how to use these collaborations to develop more effective budget allocation and implementation systems.
Forum for African Women Educationalists
Forum for African Women Educationalists will contribute recommendations for supporting family and community contributions to the education workforce pertaining to gender equity in Africa, focusing in Kenya, Burkina Faso, Malawi, and Zambia.
FHI 360 Education Policy Data Center
FHI 360 Education Policy Data Center will contribute an analysis of the distribution of education resources, including both household and government expenditures, at the sub-national level in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Uganda.
Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives
Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives will contribute a snapshot view of the landscape of teacher reforms and their political presence in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis will contribute projections of population-level human capital under varying education progression scenarios, and will assess the consequences on factors like health and vulnerability to climate events.
Korean Development Institute
Korea Development Institute will contribute insights from Korea’s experience in building a strong human capital base through education reform, as well as offer lessons in best practices of international aid to education from its experience as both a donor and recipient country.
Malawi Institute of Management
Malawi Institute of Management will contribute a case study focused on accelerating progress in the education sector in Malawi through a balance between quantity and quality of education, with particular focus on political economy of education reforms and financing pathways.
Overseas Development Institute
Overseas Development Institute is taking a critical look at the current and potential use of concessional and non-concessional finance mechanisms to finance education systems, and is looking at ways to increase domestic resource mobilization. They will also contribute case studies of fossil fuel subsidy reform where increasing support for education has been an objective.
Pardee Center - University of Denver
Pardee Center – University of Denver will contribute global projections that highlight the implications of, and levers necessary for, reaching universal secondary education in low and lower-middle-income countries by 2030 (SDG 4).
Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre, University of Cambridge
Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre – University of Cambridge will contribute fresh insights on the patterns and sources of learning inequalities, and on improving equitable distribution of domestic financing, with a focus on both access and learning outcomes for disadvantaged children. They are also looking into the costs of interventions for children in emergencies.
Results for Development
Results for Development will contribute a series of concrete, action-oriented options to improve the provision of learning and teaching materials. They will also provide recommendations for increasing Early Childhood financing, including through a mapping of existing financing and regulatory aspects of ECD policy. Lastly, they will contribute a scan of innovative finance mechanisms for education, and then a detailed action plan for advancing a set of innovative mechanisms to the pilot stage.
Right to Education
Right to Education studies the reforms needed to deliver effective education in a mixed system model at basic education. To do this, Right to Education is analysing the case of Chile and Pakistan.
SEEK Development, Germany, will contribute analysis on the economic returns of education investments from a health perspective. They will also contribute an evaluation of the range of sources of education finance and the global education finance architecture.
Social Finance will contribute a detailed plan for the structure, management and launch of an Education Outcomes Fund.
Teach For All
Teach for All will contribute case studies and a literature review that focus on the impact of putting leadership at the core of education planning, and on how systems develop and support leaders to maximize their individual and collective impacts for students.
UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) will look at the data revolution in relation to education quality, equality of opportunity, and education financing. The IIEP will also explore the modalities of decentralized education financing systems and the effects of financing decentralization on efficiency. Lastly, they will review competition-based funding mechanisms that leverage ICT for learning and spur innovation in education.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
The UIS has been mandated to develop new indicators and frameworks to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are part of UNESCO’s mandate, especially SDG 4. The UIS gives special attention to measuring learning outcomes, equity and the financing of education worldwide. The Institute works with the Education Commission on the global lead indicator.
University of the Witwatersrand
University of the Witwatersrand will contribute an analysis of the challenges in post-school education in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique, and Zambia.
In addition to these institutions, we are collaborating with a variety of organizations and experts on additional topics of interest to the Commission’s research agenda.