Helping Global Education Systems Better Leverage Evidence

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Through a five-year embedded evaluation of the BHP Foundation’s Education Equity program, RAND researchers are seeking to better understand BHP Foundation-funded efforts to enhance global educational delivery. The program aims to enhance opportunities for disadvantaged young people to access a quality education and strengthen the civil and economic components of society. In its inaugural funding window that began in 2018, the program is supporting five organizations whose efforts span diverse country contexts and target learning within and outside of formal educational systems.

RAND’s evaluation of the program is intended to assess its outcomes, as well as to provide formative insights about the work of the partners. To that end, RAND is working toward both comprehensive reports monitoring overall program progress and case study investigations of specific strands of partners’ funded work.

Data Sources

To address the study goals, RAND is carrying out the following data collection activities. Researchers are using these data to evaluate the program’s overall progress and to assess progress and lessons learned from individual strands of the program’s overarching theory of change.

  • Interviews with key stakeholders: RAND conducts biannual interviews with key staff of each partner organization. In addition, to facilitate our case studies we speak with staff and contacts at organizations directly involved in or touched by the partners’ funded work.
  • Document review: RAND is systematically reviewing key performance indicators and reports from independent evaluations of each partner’s efforts.
  • Secondary data: Where feasible, RAND is conducting supplemental analysis of extant data about partners’ networks of collaboration and influence in order to better understand the processes they are relying on in their efforts promote improved educational practice globally.

Recent Reports

RAND has released a mid-term report on program impacts to-date and five case studies focused on specific strands of work supported by the Education Equity program. These case studies delver deeper into program efforts to develop and disseminate evidence-based practices, share strategies around family engagement, develop networks of professional collaboration amongst educational leaders, and support and enhance government policies that will enhance women’s education.

See all related reports and case studies

This research was supported by the BHP Foundation, which is committed to independent monitoring of its philanthropic efforts and to sharing insights from its work with the broader field.