Event Highlights: KIX EMAP Workshop: Cross-National Dashboards for Accountability for Gender Equality in Education

21 June 2024
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On 21 March 2024, the KIX EMAP Hub hosted an online workshop on “Cross-National Dashboards for Accountability for Gender Equality in Education.” This event focused on the significance of data in promoting accountability for gender equality in education, featuring the work of the Accountability for Gender Equality in Education (AGEE) project, ongoing since 2018. Over 200 experts from more than 26 countries participated in the workshop. 

The session began with introductory remarks by Marina Dreux Frotté, KIX EMAP Education Policy, Evaluation, and Learning Lead. Following this, Elaine Unterhalter, Professor  at UCL IOE and Co-Founder of the Centre for Education and International Development, invited participants to engage in a discussion reflecting on their contextual perceptions of gender. She also introduced the AGEE Project, outlining its principles, structure, and the challenges it seeks to address. 

Next, Helen Longlands, Lecturer at UCL IOE, presented the project’s background, phases and framework, the AGEE Dashboard, its comparison with other gender and education metrics, and the project’s theory of change. 

In the following part of the workshop, Rosie Peppin Vaughan, Lecturer at UCL IOE, and Caine Rolleston, Professor at UCL IOE, provided practical examples of the Cross-National Dashboard for Bangladesh and Indonesia. They guided participants through the process of creating a cross-national dashboard, discussing various domains and indicators, challenges and potential limitations, as well as the areas for improvement. 

The session rounded out with Elaine Unterhalter presenting the next steps of the AGEE project, including the start of a GPE KIX-funded research on bridging local, national, and global level gender data practices, with a focus on Malawi, Kenya and Indonesia. She also shared the lessons learned from AGEE’s work in South Africa and Malawi, along with recommendations for planning a participatory workshop to develop a national AGEE dashboard. To conclude, participants engaged in an interactive activity to share their reflections on gender and education data, capturing a wide variety of outcomes that reflected the diverse perspectives of the attendees.