Convened in December 2020, the overarching aim of the Reference Group on EiE Data is to directly improve the EiE data ecosystem or, through the creation of global public goods and generation of consensus for particular changes, to catalyze improvements in the EiE data ecosystem.
Building on and linking to the work of key EiE data actors and working groups, this group aims to provide a strategic global platform for a strengthened and more collaborative EiE data ecosystem.
This reference group fulfills part of the 2019 EiE INEE Data Summit Action Agenda by enabling data experts from a range of organizations to collaborate on systemic EiE data issues that exist within and between their organizations.
To convene this group, the INEE Data and Evidence Collaborative - co-chaired by FHI 360 and NORRAG - consulted a range of actors on how best to constitute this group before inviting ECW and the UIS to co-chair the INEE-convened group for the first year. Leadership from ECW and the UIS brings the best of both emergency and development context expertise to address increasingly prominent nexus issues.
Although there are a broad range of current education data initiatives globally, the consultation phase identified a specific gap in emergency contexts. This group does not intend to duplicate existing work but builds on and connects relevant initiatives within the group. As such, this group will replace a planned sub-group on emergency contexts for UNESCO’s Technical Cooperation Group on the Indicators for SDG 4.
The first meeting of the EiE Data Reference Group was held on December 10th, 2020. The group has been initially formed for one year, at which point it will review progress before agreeing on new chairs and strategic priorities for the subsequent year. The group currently includes representatives from UN agencies, civil society, donors, Ministries of Education, universities, and foundations, and will work to include further representation from diverse national and regional stakeholders.
The group supports the following functions:
- Strategy development/review: this group develops and agrees on core challenges reflected in an overarching Theory of Change (ToC). This will be an INEE-hosted online living document, regularly updated with new evidence and enabling members to engage with the group’s work as well as track progress against key milestones.
- Capacity development: this group advocates for, or produces capacity development tools for, global or national level actors; and/or agrees on EiE data competencies.
- Resource mobilisation: this group advocates for resource mobilisation on key issues of EiE data.
- Knowledge sharing/co-create solutions: a key function of the group is linking the various ongoing EiE data initiatives and ensuring that information is shared and disseminated amongst members and to the broader INEE network.
- Norm setting/advocacy: this group works towards and advocates for key issues related to EiE data e.g. the designation and use of a core list of EiE indicators and better positioning of crisis-related issues in the SDG4.
The group has designated the following 5 key Workstreams to tackle issues and strengthen the EiE data ecosystem.
- Global Data Reporting
- Data Sharing, Analysis, and Use
- Strengthening Joint Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Towards Collective Outcomes in EiE
- Data Standards
- Centering National and Local Voices in EiE Research and Data Collection
Theory of Change
The DRG has outlined this Theory of Change (ToC) to guide its work. You can view the gaps and expected results in relation to the workstreams here.