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

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Just released – NORRAG Podcast Episode 08: “Peak Aid, Catalytic Change and Sustainable Educational Financing”

NORRAG Podcast episode 08 is titled, “Peak Aid, Catalytic Change and Sustainable Educational Financing.” Guest hosts, Alexandra Draxler (NORRAG Senior Advisor) and Keith Lewin (Emeritus Professor of International Development & Education at the University of Sussex), discuss the fact that external aid for educational development is reaching its peak and...
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Event Highlights – KIX EAP webinar on Teachers as Agents of Change: Supporting, Enabling, and Empowering

русский I العربية On 24 February 2021, NORRAG, together with the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, HertsCam Network, CairoCam Network, Teacher Leadership in Kazakhstan, School for All Educational Foundation, Soros Foundation Kazakhstan and ProDidactica Education Centre Moldova, hosted the 6th Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) Europe | Asia |...
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NORRAG Advisor publishes article in International Journal of Educational Development

Lara Patil, NORRAG Advisor, recently published an article in the International Journal of Educational Development  titled, “Disaster philanthropy: Exploring the power and influence of for-profit philanthropy in education development during pandemic times.” Patil’s article describes the phenomenon of for-profit philanthropy during the COVID-19 pandemic. This “disaster philanthropy” creates a window...
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IIEP-UNESCO and NORRAG Launch Specialized Course on “Using Data and Information for Crisis-Sensitive Educational Planning”

Natural hazards and conflicts can devastate education systems. When faced with multiple risks – such as insecurity and severe weather – the stakes are even higher. Today, many governments, humanitarian, and development partners recognize the need to use evidence-informed risk reduction strategies to address threats head on, to prepare, and...
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