Analyzing National/State Policies: A Collaborative Database and Locally-Led Analyses
The analysis of intended outputs from national policies, curricula and other official government documents is a vital part of locally led and globally published research and reports in education. This page describes a GNDE-led initiative that will use crowd-sourcing to construct a global database on country and state/provincial documents and then encourage local researchers to conduct studies within their respective jurisdictions.
This GNDE initiative will also invite researchers, global organizations and UN agencies to use the database to monitor and report on topics within their mandates. The data base could also be helpful to UNESCO in monitoring country policies related to its policy/program framework, Recommendation on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development which will be reported on every four years.
There are many topic-specific research studies on human rights, climate education, science programs and others that can benefit from a crowd-sourced, locally updated global database of national documents. Often the identification/collection of such documents is the first, time-consuming step for most studies. Researchers will need to define the scope of their studies but a document database could enable such studies to get off to a faster start.
This GNDE initiative will build on a project started by several FRESH Partners, a coalition of UN agencies, donors and global NGOs which has started document lists for almost 100 countries and states/provinces.
This ISHN-UNICEF-UNESCO-SFU study on School Health, Nutrition & Development had to be delayed but its wide lens approach on inclusion, equity and systems change permits us to adapt its Template for Locating & Categorizing the Policy, Curriculum and Other Documents. An example of how this template was used can be viewed here with a list of documents from South Africa.
More importantly, a standardized method for listing and reviewing policy, curriculum and program documents can be used by local researchers within jurisdictions to publish reports to encourage information exchange and cross-sector discussion within the education sector and with other ministries and agencies. (Note: The Guidance document (p.6) recommending follow-up actions by countries to the UN Transformation Education Summit suggests that local researchers be encouraged to do local, specific studies supporting system changes.)
This GNDE initiative suggests that education faculties collaboratively determine themes to be explored in their national analyses of the government documents. This lengthy prototype developed by the previous FRESH study offers several avenues to explore using documents from Manitoba Canada. (Note: The Manitoba prototype covers too much ground based on the wide scope of the previous study, so the extensive discussion intended to illustrate how different local analysis could be done, becomes somewhat confusing. This underlines the need for local education faculty members to sharpen the focus for studies they do based on the documents. However, the value of the collected documents still shines through.)
If you and.or your colleagues are interested in learning more or to start a conversation among the education faculties in your jurisdiction, please contact Doug McCall at firstname.lastname@example.org
This page on the GNDE web site will be the home for this initiative. please return here for updates or watch for more information in the GNDE newsletter.
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