Data systems and data use are essential for education policy, planning and implementation. Since the beginning of the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), a joint endeavour between the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), regional hubs and applied research projects have worked to address the data challenge. Following the announcement of the KIX extension through to 2027, KIX commissioned independent scoping studies to identify key knowledge gaps and research needs on education data systems and data use to inform new KIX-supported research in Africa and Europe, Asia and the Pacific (EAP).
These scoping studies provide an updated picture of both progress and ongoing challenges across the very diverse GPE partner countries throughout these regions. Progress has been made in improving data availability and use by governments, bilateral and multilateral technical and funding agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Most countries have established Education Management Information Systems (EMIS). However, challenges remain in orienting data systems to the nuanced information countries need to address the learning crisis, ensuring the quality and timeliness of data, making data systems inclusive and accessible, and promoting organizational capacities and cultures of data use at the national, provincial, community and school levels. Countries are seeking evidence to help them make their data systems user-friendly and service oriented, and attuned to important factors for gender equality, equity and inclusion.
For more information, read the full scoping studies: