Ref N° 612

Meta-analysis on what works to improve learning outcomes in primary education in East Asia and the Pacific

Country
Pacific regional
Client
UNICEF
Overall project value (EUR)
€ 49 101
Origin of funding
UNICEF
Proportion carried out by legal entity
100%
Consortium members
-
Start date
December 2018
End date
June 2019
Number of staff provided
65 w/d

Detailed description of project Back

The main purpose of this consultancy is to undertake a meta-analysis of existing research to create a region-specific evidence base on the most effective strategies for improving learning among the most marginalized children in East Asia and Pacific based on existing scientific evidence from the region. The proposed literature review will inform the development of a conceptual framework on learning in the region and will help countries in the region to strengthen programming around improving learning outcomes.

Specifically, the consultancy has the following objectives:

  • To produce a desk review of the situation of learning for primary school children in the region, with a focus on the early grades and the most marginalized children;
  • To identify, compile and review evidence from the region on what works to improve learning outcomes in primary education in each of the programmatic areas above, with a focus on the early grades of primary and the most marginalized children;
  • To analyse regional- and country-level evidence on the programmatic areas that have the highest level of impact on children’s learning levels in primary school, with focus on the early grades and the most marginalized children; and,
  • To produce an analytical literature review that clearly presents evidence on what works and what does not work to improve learning outcomes within each of the key programmatic areas.

Geographically the literature review can consider evidence from the 25 countries in EAP: Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, DPR Korea, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Viet Nam. The review can also take note of global evidence, as necessary.

Type of services provided

  • General review of learning assessment data and other studies from the region to assess the general situation of learning in countries in the region;
  • Based on the findings draft a 3-5 page summary of the situation of learning outcomes in EAP, including successes and failures, in the region;
  • Identify regional evidence and literature on improving learning outcomes in primary school in each of the programmatic areas above;
  • Based on the evidence identified, prepare an annotated bibliography that includes each of the programmatic areas above;
  • Based on the annotated bibliography, develop a tool to analyze the sub-components of each of the programmatic areas above and to assess their effectiveness;
  • Review and analyse all relevant evidence for each programmatic area;
  • Produce a literature review that presents the most effective strategies within each of the programmatic areas above and that assesses the relative effectiveness of the different areas.

Main staff provided:

  • Team leader (49 w/d);
  • ICT Expert (16 w/d).

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