Education in Crisis Interactive Evidence Pathways
The USAID Education in Crisis Evidence Pathways tool helps USAID staff and implementing partners design a program that aims to measurably improve learning outcomes and skills development for all children and youth in conflict and crisis-affected settings by:
- Naming the outcomes programs may choose to target. The tool includes outcomes that describe the quality of service delivery; teaching and learning; equity and inclusion; safety; and local institutional capacity development.
- Describing how change happens in education systems affected by crisis and/or conflict.
- Purposefully and thoughtfully curating the best available evidence and guidance, developed through decades of practical experience, that meet standards of rigor, quality, and relevance. This tool gives no more than three key resources for any given outcome.
- Making the link between education sector technical expertise, conflict sensitivity, and contextual understanding.
Over fifty percent of the places where USAID programs in education are in acute crisis, recovering from crisis, or experiencing smaller-scale upheaval. Though experimental and operational evidence on how best to improve learning and other education outcomes in development contexts has increased exponentially since the early 2000s, fragile states or contexts affected by crisis or conflict remain extremely under-researched. The education sector also continues to lack a more detailed understanding of the ways in which context, conflict, and crisis shape the direct and indirect impacts and costs of our work. USAID staff and implementing partners can use this framework, alongside the Education in Conflict and Crisis Learning Agenda, as the foundation of monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans. Users are encouraged to contribute their experience, research, and learning here to help us update this tool over time.
To effectively program towards learning or education outcomes in conflict and crisis-affected settings USAID staff and partners cannot rely on education technical expertise alone. Use the USAID Education in Crisis Evidence Pathways tool to support the design of conflict-sensitive, contextually-informed, evidence-based programs.