Using 'Evidence' in Educational Planning and Management

Date: 27 May 2021
Time: 12:00am

Event Type: Webinar

Thursday 27 May, 9-10:30am (CEST/Geneva)

The 9th Knowledge Innovation Exchange (KIX) Europe | Asia | Pacific (EAP) webinar will cover the topic of “Using ‘Evidence’ in Educational Planning and Management”. This KIX EAP webinar is organised with NORRAG and UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning.

The webinar will be conducted in English with interpretation into Arabic, French and Russian.


About the Webinar

The polysemic concept of ‘evidence’ is omnipresent in international development and comparative education. A lot has been said on ‘what works’ (as opposed to why, how, where and when), or which policy is a ‘smart buy’, but there is little agreement on what ‘evidence’ actually means, and how it can contribute to decision-making in educational planning and management.

This talk will contrast evidence-based and evidence-informed practices, and review a few epistemic biases that subsist in the field of educational planning and management. Developed as a response to the limited access of planners and managers to research findings, the IIEP Education Policy Toolbox is designed to bridge the gap between those who publish evidence and those who wish to use it for policy design.

The Policy Toolbox is a collection of more than 900 open access resources, summarized and organized in thematic areas of constraint in education systems, to provide educational planning professional with policy options that have been researched and reviewed.

The webinar will provide sufficient time for group discussion. Country participants are invited to share their own experience on the webinar’s topic.

Webinar Outline

  1. Evidence as a polysemic, omnipresent, and biased concept (Amélie A. Gagnon, Senior Programme Specialist, IIEP)
  2. Education Policy Toolbox demo including library (Germán Vargas Mesa, Assistant Programme Specialist, IIEP)
  3. Using research-based evidence for policy making: the example of the Policy Toolbox (Siddiq Majidi, Head of Policy Development, Ministry of Education, Afghanistan)


Anyone is eligible to participate. Professionals and experts who work in, or have an interest in, international education and development are specially invited to attend the webinar. To be able to access the webinar, you need to register in advance.

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Speakers and Moderators:

Speakers: Amélie A. Gagnon, Senior Programme Specialist, IIEP-UNESCO; Germán Vargas Mesa, Assistant Programme Specialist, IIEP-UNESCO; Siddiq Majidi, Head of Policy Development, Ministry of Education, Afghanistan

Moderators: Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Professor and Director of NORRAG and the KIX EAP hub; Marina Dreux Frotté, KIX EAP Hub Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Focal Point.

Download the full speakers and moderators bios here.