Educational Development Data

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Research and Evidence

The following data resources provide essential information to understand the educational development landscape. The data are provided through datasets, dashboards, and graphics. Most data are provided at the national level and at yearly (or less frequent) intervals.  

The data are usually out-of-date for countries experiencing a large-scale emergency that has disrupted the normal functioning of a large portion of the national education system. For countries hosting populations displaced by emergencies, the educational development data collection system may continue to function, but it is usually not possible to distinguish the displaced population in the data (although there are pilot efforts to address this shortcoming in EMIS systems).  

These data are most useful for strategic purposes, including policymaking, advocacy, and education-sector planning. They can also provide important background information on current or former capacities of the educational sector which can inform planning for EiE.  

If you are new to educational development data navigation, you can access our webinar on how to navigate this data here.

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UNESCO Institute for Statistics

Published by
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)

The most comprehensive resource for national-level data on education with global coverage. Data include supply (e.g. expenditure, schools, teachers), access (e.g. enrolment), and outcomes (e.g. national assessments of reading and math). 

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World Bank Education Statistics (EdStats)

Published by
World Bank

Provides data on national level education indicators relevant to educational development work. These data can be used to compare countries and to quickly create visuals of educational data across years and countries in order to inform longer-term policy making and to determine the capacity of an educational system during times of stability.

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Education Policy and Data Center (EPDC)

Published by
Education Policy and Data Center (EPDC)

EPDC provides a platform to explore educational indicators at the national and subnational level. Data include educational access and educational outcomes organized by location, grade-level, household characteristics, and data source.  

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UNESCO World Data on Education

Published by
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)

Provides an overview of the structure of the educational system of a country. Data include information on age-grade sequencing, examination system, and bureaucratic management structure of education within a country. 

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World Inequality Database on Education

Published by
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)

Provides educational data from other sources that can be disaggregated by important factors of inequality through easy-to-use visualizations. Education data include enrollment, completion, and performance on standardized assessments. Data can be disaggregated by gender, location, region, wealth, ethnicity, and religion.

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ILO Department of Statistics (ILOSTAT)

Published by
International Labor Organization (ILO)

ILO Stat provides data on the labor force at the national level. Data include youth unemployment, youth not in education, employment or training (NEET), and the occupational/sectoral employment distribution.

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OECD International Development Statistics

Published by
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The OECD provides data on various aid flows and commitments, including official development assistance (ODA), private aid, and other resources. Data can compare sources and sectors (including education) at yearly intervals.

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UNESCO Planipolis

Published by
UNESCO International Institute for Education Planning (UNESCO-IIEP)

Planipolis provides education sector plans, policies, and EFA reviews by country. The various plans and policies are valuable as data and include other data on the education sector.

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