Tools for systems-oriented data analysis

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Facilitating the hard
but worthwhile work
of improving
education systems

RISE is developing a series of practical tools and approaches that can be used by researchers, implementers, advisors and policy makers to foster systems change.

Learning trajectories

Learning trajectories show how much children learn over time in a particular context. Where most efforts to measure learning focus on what children know at one point in time, usually through an assessment late in the schooling cycle, learning trajectories trace out the process of learning as children progress through school.

Learning trajectories can help us better understand and visualize the learning crisis.  They can also simulate the potential impact of different policies on learning and can inform what education systems should prioritize to address the learning crisis.

RISE is working with a number of organisations to develop tools and trainings that will enable education policymakers, advisors, and practitioners to build, analyse, and draw insights from learning trajectories for the contexts they work in.

External link: Learning trajectories on the RISE Programme website

See also Learning trajectories and Modelling learning trajectories.

COVID-19 learning loss interactive data visualisations

RISE has developed a set of interactive data visualisations to illustrate potential learning losses caused by COVID-19 school closures in low- and middle-income countries. These complement RISE’s previous work simulating the learning effects of COVID-19 school closures, offering additional scenarios for exploration.

External link: Data Visualisations: Estimating COVID-19 related learning losses and effects of mitigation

See also COVID-19 and education systems.

RISE Diagnostic

The RISE Diagnostic aims to facilitate and support Government actors in selecting high-level strategic reform priorities to improve learning, based on the latest education systems research. At this pilot phase learning and improvement of the diagnostic is also a critical objective. 

RISE Programme has developed a framework for understanding education systems that specifies its components and the way those components interact to produce the outcomes of an education system. This framework has been adapted to create a diagnostic approach meant to identify constraints to education progress and priorities for systems reform. It is built around the RISE accountability framework, which is used to identify the key actors in the education system, specify the relationships between them, identify the primary alignment(s) of the relationships, and surface any incoherences within the system. 

The diagnostic approach was developed and piloted in Ghana in 2019, and further pilots are currently planned. 

External link: The RISE system diagnostic

See also Introduction to systems thinking.

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