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"Data Analysis for Evidence-Based Policy-Making" Workshop

Large-scale data on learning outcomes produced through national and international assessment systems are becoming increasingly available. However, the use of this data for evidence-informed policy-making is limited.

@UNESCO/R. Manowalailao

In order to improve the use of student learning assessment data in strengthening education systems, and to support evidence-based policy-making in improving education quality, UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) is launching a regional programme called “Learning Enablers for Asia and Pacific” (LEAP). LEAP specifically focuses on 1) mapping of national practices of collecting, analysing and utilizing international and national assessment data for policy formulation and implementation, 2) conducting analysis of large scale international and national assessments to identity learning enablers and 3) organizing technical workshops to enhance institutional and human capacity in the area of data analysis and policy design.

For the implementation of the activities of LEAP, UNESCO Bangkok will leverage the Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP), a regional platform established in 2013 with an aim to improve the quality of learning in the Asia-Pacific region by enhancing the use of student learning assessment to strengthen education systems.

Generously supported by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the Malaysian Fund-in-Trust (MFIT), the LEAP Programme will commence with a capacity development workshop organized by UNESCO Bangkok on 14-18 September in Bangkok, Thailand. This technical workshop will introduce different statistical analyses and discuss how to translate the results from the analysis into policy formulation. The workshop will further be enriched by knowledge sharing sessions which will present experiences from international as well as national learning assessments in terms of different methodologies of data analysis employed and usage of their results for policy design.

While the target audience of the workshop will be government officials who are knowledgeable about statistical analysis as well as those who are involved in education policy planning in their respective countries, it will be open to all those who are interested and meet the pre-requisite criteria. Please contact Mark Manns [m.manns(at) further details.

For more information, please contact Satoko Yano [s.yano(at)] or Ramya Vivekanandan [r.vivekanandan(at)] at the Education Policy and Reform Unit.

Written by Tserennadmid Nyamkhuu [t.nyamkhuu(at)]

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• Global Partnership for Education