Research on Improving Systems of Education

The Research on Improving Systems of Education programme (RISE) is a large scale, multi-country research programme that seeks to answer the question: 'What works to improve education systems to deliver better learning for all at scale in developing countries?'

RISE seeks to understand what features make education systems coherent and effective in their context, and how the complex dynamics within a system allow policies to be successful. The seven-year programme will build, interpret and seek to apply the evidence from research undertaken in Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Tanzania and Vietnam.

The overall programme objective is to understand how to accelerate progress in raising learning outcomes in the developing world. This objective will be achieved through delivering three core priorities:

  • Research – take an education systems approach to research to build the evidence base for policy making that leads to improved learning outcomes
  • Engagement – build a community of practice and foster a dialogue with academics and practitioners on new approaches to education system reform
  • Influence – create the conditions for adoption, at all levels from classroom to Ministry, of improved policies and practices that enhance and support learning and teaching
Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE)
Programme background

RISE is supported by GBP 29.4 million in funding from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), which has dedicated GBP 22.4 million for research in up to five countries, and GBP 7 million to support expert advice and management; and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), whose commitment of AUD 9.85 million has allowed RISE to incorporate a sixth research country. The Programme is managed and implemented through a partnership based in Oxford, UK, between leading international development consultancy Oxford Policy Management and the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. Research is led by Professor Lant Pritchett and a team at the Center for Global Development, a non-profit think tank based in Washington DC.

The overall programme objective is to understand how to accelerate progress in raising learning outcomes
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