Understanding Education Policy Preferences

Through original research, CGD is examining the preferences, perceptions and knowledge of education officials in low-and middle-income countries to understand how they align with global education policy agendas and what influences officials as they make decisions about education policy. 

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A Poll of Education Officials in 35 Countries: Experiments Suggest Policymakers Don’t Care Much About Experiments
December 06, 2021
Researchers want their work to have an impact in the real world. For this to happen, policymakers need to be able to access their research and to be convinced that it is sufficiently credible and relevant to change their minds and inform policy. Understanding what kind of research and evidence convi...
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A Poll of Education Officials in 35 Countries: Foreign Aid Recipients Say Nice Things About Aid Donors
December 03, 2021
Last year we conducted a survey of over 900 senior officials (mostly Directors) in Ministries of Education or related government agencies, from 35 low- and middle-income countries. We surveyed them to get their opinions on the state of education aid, as well as their perceptions of and priorities fo...
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A Poll of Education Officials in 35 Countries: Three Reasons the Idea of a “Learning Crisis” Isn’t Getting Traction
December 01, 2021
With half of kids in low- and middle-income countries unable to read a simple story by the end of primary school, international organizations and foreign aid donors have declared a “global learning crisis.” The crisis framing has coincided with a shift in policy messaging from many big internatio...
Understanding Education Policy Preferences: Survey Experiments with Policymakers in 35 Developing Countries
November 30, 2021
Foreign aid donors and international organizations supporting education in developing countries have increasingly coalesced around a policy agenda prioritizing foundational learning, measured by test scores in primary school, based on a diagnosis of deficient school quality, and a growing body of em...
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The State of Global Education Finance in Seven Charts: An Update
September 09, 2021
A couple of years ago, we examined aid data from the OECD and UNESCO Institute for Statistics, analysing how much aid is going to education, where it is allocated, by who, and through what channels. Two years on, we provide an update to see what’s changed.
Is the Global Partnership for Education Redundant? (Or Is It a More Progressive, Democratic Alternative to the World Bank?)
January 29, 2021
GPE’s unique selling point is its single-minded focus on basic education, and its fairly streamlined, no-strings-attached approach to funding poor countries’ own education plans. But is GPE the best channel for education aid?
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The State of Global Education Finance in Six Charts
September 24, 2019
There are just eleven years to go to achieve the many targets under SDG4 and recent reports suggest things are woefully off-track. The UN General Assembly—taking place in New York this week—will be the platform for the announcement of various new initiatives and big&nbs...