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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22 June 2021 – UNESCO, IBE & University of Manchester to Host “Ensuring inclusive teaching and learning for educational recovery: Practical ways forward”

On Tuesday, 22 June 2021, from 2-4pm (CEST), UNESCO, the University of Manchester and UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (IBE) will co-host, “Ensuring inclusive teaching and learning for educational recovery: Practical ways forward.” Background Across the world, teachers are facing unprecedented challenges as they seek to find ways of ensuring...
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15 June 2021 Book Launch – Realizing the Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education: Human Rights, Public Education, and the Role of Private Actors in Education

NORRAG in cooperation with California State University, Sacramento (CSU), the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) and the Right to Education Initiative (RTE) is organising the online book launch of Realizing the Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education: Human Rights, Public Education, and the Role of...
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24 June 2021 – ESSA & Real Centre to Host Conference on Funding for African-Led Education Research

Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA) and the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge, in consultation with researchers featured in the African Education Research Database (AERD), are organizing a virtual conference on the urgent need for additional funding in African education research. REGISTER for the Zoom event taking place...
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