As schools around the world began to close in early 2020, education leaders, policy-makers, administrators and school staff sought innovative ways to provide students with opportunities to continue their learning through distance education models. EdTech Hub has been actively working with countries to develop monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approaches to effectively support distance education approaches in light of Covid-19.
While education professionals around the world are still continuing to learn how best to monitor and evaluate distance education, the above guidance provides a great starting point for any in-country policy-makers and administrators.
The framework uses insights from political economy to better understand the factors that are influencing whether and how evidence about EdTech is used to inform public policy decisions. The framework consists of five core elements: issue, structural factors, rules of the game, stakeholder interests and power, and opportunities.
...and why does it matter?
Evidence only makes a difference if it is used. To help make this happen, an understanding of the context and of how individuals and institutions are involved in production, demand, and use of evidence in relation to EdTech is essential.
10 case studies from 10 countries: Education responses to Covid-19
Experts from 10 countries collaborated with EdTech Hub to document the education response to Covid-19 and the use of EdTech through these case studies. Key lessons that emerge from the case studies and workshop include:
Across the 10 countries there were considerable differences in both investment and plans to move towards EdTech solutions pre-Covid-19
Rapid response was enabled by a range of factors
Low-cost data “bundles” and smart-phone technology facilitated better access to technology for distance education
Government agencies have relied mainly on just-in-time data when managing school closures and distance learning