3ie presents its recent Education Effectiveness Review

11 October 2016

Education 2030 agenda

The effectiveness of education interventions in improving school participation and learning: a systematic review of the evidence


Improved access to education has failed to translate into learning in many countries. A range of different education interventions have been implemented to resolve what is being seen as a learning crisis. Do these interventions work? 

To examine this important policy question, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) carried out a systematic review that synthesised evidence from 238 studies on 216 education programmes in 52 countries. It is one of the most ambitious systematic reviews conducted to date as it assesses the impact of a range of interventions on a host of outcomes including children’s school participation, learning and teacher performance. For this review, the authors synthesised the quantitative evidence on the effects of education interventions in low-and middle-income countries. They also reviewed the research on process and implementation to explain the findings.

--> See the online version of the review


Strategic Debate - 20 October

  • Opening remarks: Richard Manning, President of the Board of Commissioners (3ie)
  • Speaker: Birte Snilstveit, Senior Evaluation Specialist, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
  • Discussant: Aaron Benavot, Director, Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO
  • Moderator: Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director, IIEP

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
IIEP Room II – 2nd floor
Contact: m.martin@iiep.unesco.org / 01 45 03 77 52

In this presentation, Birte Snilstveit, lead author of the systematic review, will talk about the main findings of this comprehensive study. The focus of the session will be on the major lessons learned and the implications for education policies and programming.

The seminar will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into French.

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This debate forms part of the IIEP Strategic Debate series on Planning for the Education 2030 agenda. The Education 2030 agenda adopted provides a new international vision for education. Its main objective is to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all.” In the series we examine how can countries best plan for the implementation of this ambitious and comprehensive education vision.