Education is key to economic development and wellbeing. But educational outcomes remain below expectations in many settings, particularly in low and middle-income countries.

Research into educational incentives and outcomes is a key focus of work for Associate Professor Clare Leaver. She recently led an international conference that brought together academics, policymakers, donors and experts to exchange insights on generating better educational outcomes.

“Experts around the world are conducting some really exciting research into policies and programmes that aim to address the wide variety of societal and economic problems that affect educational outcomes,” explained Prof Leaver. “But addressing these initiatives remains a challenge. What’s working well, where and under what circumstances? Our conference brought some important evidence-based insights to help answer these kinds of questions.”

The conference, “Improving governance, delivering better education,” took place at the Blavatnik School of Government on 10-11 April 2014. Over 40 participants attended the five sessions held over the course of the two days.

Research papers, presentation slides and a conference report with highlights from the event are now available here.