Building the Evidence Together – the Schools2030 Global Research Launch Event

17 November 2021
By Sarah James

Schools2030 was delighted to host its first virtual event at the start of November, convening its first annual research partners at a session entitled Building the Evidence Together. The event marked a special moment in the Schools2030 calendar since it was the first time that the whole community had been in one place – donors, research and technical partners convened alongside country and global teams, amongst many others.

Schools2030’s first cohort of researchers have been working alongside the programme in its first official year, exploring six different education-related questions based in a selection of Schools2030’s target countries and looking at different age groups (read more about this work).

The Schools2030 research work stream has been funded by the Jacobs Foundation, who will be supporting a further three research partners annually for the next three years, making a total of 15 different research projects that will “look at how and what children are learning within the context of Schools2030, increase our understanding of how holistic skills (including social-emotional and non-cognitive skills) are learned and taught, how different factors can explain variability in learning outcomes, and ultimately how school-driven innovations can lead to systems-change.” (Gelgia Fetz, Co-Lead Learning Minds at Jacobs Foundation).

The event took the form of a plenary session, where each team gave a brief introduction to its research project, followed by three breakout sessions:

Breakout Group 1: Evidence uptake and systems change
Facilitated by Renaud Comba, Research Manager Data Must Speak (DMS), UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti

Breakout Group 2: Research methods: Co-creating and co-generating evidence with schools
Facilitated by Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, OISE-University of Toronto

Breakout Group 3: COVID-19, education equity and the evolving role of EdTech in raising learning outcomes
Facilitated by Dr Baela Jamil, Chief Executive Officer at Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) Pakistan

Please watch the video above of the plenary session, as well as the report back from the breakouts to hear insights from the rich discussions.


Please keep an eye on our events page to hear about upcoming opportunities to connect with Schools2030.

Schools2030 is a ten-year participatory learning improvement programme based in 1,000 government schools across ten countries. Schools2030 supports teachers and students to design and implement education micro-innovations. These low-cost and scaleable innovations will inform and transform education systems to improve holistic learning outcomes for the most marginalised learners worldwide. Join the movement on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.