Unlocking Data Initiative
Unlocking Data Initiative
The Unlocking Data initiative, pioneered by ESSA, Zizi Afrique Foundation and EdTech Hub seeks to support access, use, and sharing of education data to effectively tell the story of education in Africa.
Increasing access to data, especially in low resource settings, will help researchers generate policy-relevant empirical evidence, providing policymakers with a comprehensive picture of challenges and feasible policies.
In 2020, we hosted a series of workshops that aimed to unpack the biggest barriers in data sharing. At these workshops, the community of practice realised that before we can truly discuss (re)using education data effectively, we need to understand what data exists, where the data gaps are, and what data indicators are needed for decision-making. To delve into the topic further, we hosted an event to showcase early ‘Lessons Learnt from Education Data Mapping in Africa’ and created a working methodology for education data mapping.
Unlocking Data and its partners have been working towards mapping education datasets in selected African countries. Through sharing lessons between the different mapping exercises, we realised that mapping education data happens in different ways. This could involve various stakeholders and can be conducted for a wide range of purposes. We found these different practical aims and approaches to be enlightening and incredibly beneficial to others, so we combined them into a guidance note on mapping Africa’s education data. Building on the data mapping methodology, the guidance note takes the theory to practice, sharing practical experiences, lessons learnt, and challenges encountered.
eBASE Africa is an international charity registered in Cameroon that works to make basic services more effective by ensuring the best available research evidence is applied in service delivery.
We have been working with eBase on a data alliance for education, making the best use of data to improve education in sub-Saharan Africa.
The EdTech Hub leads rigorous academic research and gives evidence-based advice about how to use technology in education.
We have been working with the EdTech Hub on a data alliance for education, making the best use of data to improve education in sub-Saharan Africa.
Zizi Afrique Foundation consolidates evidence and innovates solutions through collaborative networking. This is with the aim of shaping policy and practice to equip all children and youth with competencies for life and work.
We are working on a data alliance for education, ensuring that data is used to improve education in sub-Saharan Africa.