Politics of Data and Indicators

Global governance is increasingly conducted through monitoring procedures and progress managed through a system of goals, targets and indicators, which encourages the generation of data and statistics to guide policy and legitimate decisions. This global data includes statistics on sector inputs and outcomes, as well as a wealth of quantified learning data generated by comparable large-scale assessments. The idea of ‘data’ serves as an important source of legitimation and justification for decision-making and the investment of resources in education and training areas.

However, data in itself does not constitute knowledge and it is important to unpack the processes by which data is produced, processed, and disseminated. Who is producing and processing this data, and under what terms? How is this evidence used to legitimate policies, and with what effects? NORRAG’s work in this area aims to unpack the role of data and indicators in global governance frameworks for education and to question the implication of standardizations shaped by these governance frameworks, with a specific emphasis on the education-relevant SDG goals and framework

Find below the most recent NORRAG content on the topic of Politics of Data and Indicators:

News and Events

Learning From Learning Assessments: The Politics and Policies of Attaining Quality Education (June 2016)

Blog posts

Defining Educational Quality(ies): Can the Right to Quality Education be Fulfilled through Market Incentives? By Felipe Gajardo and Nicolás Grau (May 2018)

Priorities and Challenges for Education Data in Sweden by Lotta Larsson (April 2018)

Critical Reflections on the 2018 World Development Report: If Learning is so Important then Why Can’t the World Bank Learn? by Hikaru Komatsu and Jeremy Rappleye (February 2018)

A Global Sharing Network to Strengthen Countries’ Education Data by Luis Crouch and Silvia Montoya (February 2018)

SDG 4 Data: Investing Millions Today Will Save Billions in the Future by Luis Crouch and Silvia Montoya (January 2018)

Building Bridges to Link Global and National Learning Assessments by Silvia Montoya (November 2017)

Presentation by NORRAG at UKFIET 2017 on the Contribution of Large Scale Assessments to the Monitoring of SDGs (September 2017)

“Learning, if you use it, increases”: a database of African education research to inform policy and practice by Rafael Mitchell and Pauline Rose (August 2017)

Everything is in Place to Track Global Progress on Education: Except the Data by Silvia Montoya and Dankert Vedeler (June 2017)

The Pressure is On! Powering Ahead with the Technical Cooperation Group for SDG 4 – Education 2030 Indicators by Silvia Montoya and Jordan Naidoo (June 2017)

The Cost of Ignorance Revisited: A Reply by Silvia Montoya (May 2017)

The Cost of Ignorance Revisited: Imitating the OECD or Learning to Be Critical? By Hikaru Komatsu and Jeremy Rappleye (April 2017)

Education SDG Indicator on Learning Outcomes Gets a Major Upgrade by Luis Benveniste (December 2016)

How to Reach a Consensus on Reporting Learning Globally by Aaron Benavot (November 2016)

Aligning Key Initiatives in Monitoring Learning by Luis Crouch and Silvia Montoya (October 2016)

Calling All Partners: How to Diagnose and Treat Data Gaps that Threaten the Achievement of the Global Education Goals by Luis Crouch (September 2016)

UNESCO Institute for Statistics Charts a Course to Monitor the Education 2030 Agenda by Silvia Montoya (August 2016)

Resource Library:

AREB, CEPED AND NORRAG POLICY BRIEF #2: La Place de l’évaluation des Apprentissages dans les Systèmes Educatifs d’Afrique Subsaharienne: Le Cas du Burkina Faso (January 2017)

ROUNDTABLE REPORT: Learning From Learning Assessments: The Politics and Policies of Attaining Quality Education (June 2016)

WORKING PAPER #9: The Global Targeting of Education and Skill: Policy History and Comparative Perspectives (November 2015)

WORKSHOP REPORT: Global Governance of Education and Training and the Politics of Data (June 2014)

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