Education in international development settings, including in conflict and post-conflict contexts: teachers, quality and learning, and inequalities related to poverty, gender and disability.

Blog: Impact for whom? Making big data work for the little guys

Feb 2017
In the world of big data, evolving research into education policy and practice is a highly political, contested and complex space. Deciding when, how, where and with whom to share big data surely lies at the heart of the reason why we collect it in the first place. If research intends to create change and impact real lives, who deserves to hear the results most, and to be included centrally, and not peripherally, in its dissemination?

Blog: Child poverty research day

Dec 2016
On 18 November, the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty and the Impact Initiative hosted a ‘Child Poverty Research Day’ to discuss current evidence, knowledge gaps and ways forward for research helping to reduce child poverty. Despite massive poverty reduction in the past decades, child poverty remains an issue requiring urgent action. The day was filled with sharing of research findings as well discussions of knowledge gaps and ideas for ways forward on how research, policy and practice can come together towards seeking a solution for ending child poverty.

Blog: Teaching, learning and disadvantage – from policy to practice

Aug 2016
Meera Samson, CORD, India; and Pauline Rose, University of Cambridge, UK write about recent research in education in India, funded as part of the ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes programme, and how it will contribute towards an evidence-based strategy of reform. Resources can be downloaded from the event they hosted in India on August 10, 2016 to contribute to the current policy consultation with the Indian government.

New understanding of the ways in which higher education contributes to economic and human development has strengthened the justification for investment in higher education in lower-income contexts in recent years. This, in turn, has prompted a wave of reform and revitalisation efforts within African higher education systems.

Credit: Anna Ridout/ Oxfam
This project considers cross-age peer tutoring on the teaching of reading in Kenyan primary schools. Research suggests student partnerships in which an upper primary pupil is trained to work with a younger child to conduct structured reading sessions is one of the most powerful methods for raising achievement.
Photo ID 468142. 27/03/2011. Sudan. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran
Over 75 million children around the world are currently out of school, and over half of them live in conflict-affected countries (CACs). The evidence from this project suggests as an international community, we are currently failing in our efforts due to the "stunning lack of evidence" as to what works to promote children's learning in the context of conflict and crisis.

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