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Why Citizen-Led Assessments of Educational Outcomes Matter for the Transparency and Open Data Communities

This week, Results for Development’s education team published a multi-year effort assessing the effectiveness and impact of citizen-led education assessments of student learning. The various initiatives and campaigns (“CLAs” for short) are part of a vanguard effort in the education and transparency communities to leverage volunteer-led testing of student competencies towards advocacy and educational policy reform.

Seeking Input on R4D’s New Governance Strategy

During the past several months, R4D’s Governance program has embarked on an in-depth and comprehensive strategy process to evaluate our core theories of change, our projects, and our comparative advantages. In addition to our internal team taking an unvarnished look at our existing and historic programs’ effectiveness and impact, we’ve reached out to dozens of friends and experts in the transparency, accountability, and participation (TAP) communities for critical feedback and constructive criticism.

Introducing the Governance Data Alliance

We’re extremely excited to publicly celebrate the launch of the Governance Data Alliance, a new initiative nearly 20 months in the making designed to improve the availability, use, and salience of high-quality governance data.

Can Mobile Money Facilitate Citizen Engagement?

By Aprille Knox, Marilyn Heymann and Pamela Riley

4 ways to improve #globaldev think tank management

This post originally appeared on Devex.

From the expanding burden of climate change to the unforeseen impact of rapid globalization, policymakers face a complex landscape of unprecedented circumstances — with increasingly higher stakes. With the growing complexity of local, national and global problems, policymakers’ need for timely research, concise information and quality analysis is greater than ever.

Who is Best Placed to “Do Development Differently?

If you haven’t been following the emerging discussion around “Doing Development Differently (DDD),” you should.

5 innovative models to improve education outcomes

This post originally appeared on Devex.

The data are dismal when it comes to learning outcomes in many developing countries — but I’m optimistic. I’m optimistic because I spend much of my day learning about and working with people who are testing innovative education models with the hope of finding something truly transformative.

3 Steps to Make Early Education More Accessible

This op-ed originally appeared on Education Week.

As parents, we all try to spend whatever is needed on our own young children to ensure their growth into healthy and productive adults and to give them as good a start in life as possible. Yet as societies, especially low- and middle-income societies, we don't invest enough in young children, and we certainly don't invest enough for our poorest children whose parents don't have the necessary resources.

Context Matters: So what?

[Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a series edited by Elizabeth BrownAprille Knox, and Courtney Tolmie at Results for Development, 

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