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Education Equity Indicators for Access: Guidance for Practitioners in Crisis and Conflict-Affected Contexts

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to USAID missions, other donors, and implementing organizations operating in crisis and conflict-affected environments for the development of project indicators and metrics to measure equity of access to educational opportunities. Although this document uses terminology that is current within the framework of collaboration between USAID missions and their implementing partners (IPs), the overall guidance for indicator development should be broadly relevant and applicable among other agencies, donors and organizations.

Access Equity Interventions Matrix

This is an active spreadsheet of the matrix of program interventions in crisis and conflict-affected contexts developed to inform the Education Equity Indicators for Access guidance that constitutes a more detailed and sortable matrix, including references to available studies on the interventions. The matrix indicates which intervention or set of interventions are most suited to targeting and promoting school access and/or retention among the specific population sub-group(s) most likely to include out-of-school children. The matrix can inform project designers’ selection of specific interventions based on the context-specific equity dimensions, barriers, and zones of exclusion that the project has identified.

Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education

The new Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education, produced by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the FHI 360 Education Policy Data Centre, Oxford Policy Management and the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge, provides practical guidance on the calculation and interpretation of indicators designed to target the most disadvantaged groups. It is intended for anyone involved in the measurement and monitoring of equity in education, especially those concerned with national policymaking. It addresses the current knowledge gaps and provides a conceptual framework to measure equity in learning, drawing on examples of equity measurement across 75 national education systems.

The handbook explains what it means to measure equity in learning, recognising that equity itself is a political issue and cannot be isolated from political choices. It focuses on two key principles – impartiality and equality of condition.

Mainstreaming Equity in Education

This paper, commissioned by the International Education Funders Group (IEFG) as a framing document, is intended to help establish some of the key issues and challenges that need to be addressed around equity in education, and provide a way forward to mainstreaming equity-oriented programming and data analysis.

Practical Recommendations for Equity Analysis in Education

The Measurement and Metrics working group built off their landscape review to produce practical recommendations of best practice standards for measuring key equity dimensions. These recommendations are put forward as a means to consolidate current best practices in data collection in education and to chart a way forward together. They serve as a sounding board for future data collection and analysis as well as a starting point for honing our practice in areas not yet well measured. As these recommendations are integrated, we will make further refinements based on experience and will revisit our progress together annually. Our hope is that through more consistent metrics and analysis we can further both evidence and dialogue in pursuit of educational equity. 

Year Published: 2017

Author(s)Measurement and Metrics Working Group, Education Equity Research Initiative

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Fair Financing: Education Finance Policy for Equity

This report presents the findings from a literature review of the current policies and practices for financing equity in education, as part of the Finance and Resource Allocation work stream of the Education Equity Research Initiative.

Year Published: 2016



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Fair Financing: Policy Compendium Brief

This brief provides an overview of the policy compendium spreadsheet that was developed to inform the The Fair Financing: Education Finance Policy for Equity Literature Review.

Year Published: 2016

Author(s): Finance and Resource Allocation Working Group, Education Equity Research Initiative


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Fair Financing: Policy Compendium

To inform the literature review, a policy compendium spreadsheet was developed. This was done with the aim of collecting and organizing information on specific education finance policies in a simple, user-friendly format in order to better understand what education finance policies exist with intended outcomes of equity, who they are targeting, and what their impacts have been to date.

It is hoped that this policy compendium will help to inform the Education Equity Research Initiative’s future research and serve as the start of an evidence base on education finance policy for equity in order to help align resources with the needs of disadvantaged populations.

Structured Approach to Equity Analysis

A common set of Structured Questions for Equity Analysis to guide organizations in their analysis of education datasets.

Based on its landscape review and recommendations for collaborative practice on equity, the Education Equity Research Initiative has identified key structured questions for analysis moving forward. This study uses these questions focusing on learning data and measures of dimensions of equity – including poverty, gender, language and home learning environment – to quantitatively investigate literacy intervention impact through an equity lens.

Year Published: 2016

Author(s): Learning and Retention Working Group, Education Equity Research Initiative