On January 10, 2022, the 2021 Zambia Education Evidence Summit will bring together policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to a) share rigorous evidence that has been collected about innovative approaches to improve learning outcomes, in Zambia and internationally; and b) identify ways in which evidence can be used for better decision-making. This Evidence Day, Day 1 of the Zambia Ministry of Education's Joint Sector Review (JSR) will focus on rigorous studies that connect with the ministry’s priority goals. Under the theme, Teaching and Learning Continuity during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond" the Summit will also result in a list of priority areas identified by the ministry on which researchers can present findings at the next Evidence Day in 2022. This event will focus on the broad partnerships and collaborations that are happening among educators, communities, and government that are leading to more research and evidence-based decision-making across the sector.
To read more about this event see the full concept note.
Summit Structure and Goals
The Summit will include plenary and panel presentations and breakaway sessions to share knowledge on existing evidence, develop skills for identifying quality research, promote evidence-based policy decisions, and develop a research agenda for the education system in Zambia.
The specific goals of the summit are to:
- Share results of high-quality research on what works in education from researchers and academics doing work in Zambia and internationally
- Develop knowledge of evaluation methods and an understanding of when and how to apply them
- Engage and inform stakeholders of emerging practices and innovations to improve the delivery of quality education
- Make recommendations on best practices to be adopted by the Ministry
A Call for Papers
A Call for Papers will provide an opportunity to review an array of research being carried out across the country and identify studies to present at the summit. The call for papers should be designed to accommodate sharing the call on various platforms such as websites, WhatsApp, and other social media platforms. A panel of three to five members from MoGE, UNICEF, academia, and IPA will convene to review submissions. This panel will select high-quality studies and evidence from implementation designs for dissemination during the summit.
Research presented at the 2021 Education Evidence Summit will focus on innovation, particularly around the cross-cutting themes that will be selected for the JSR. The summit will emphasize Zambian research but is also open to international research that is especially relevant to the conference’s cross-cutting themes.