To support the use of high-quality policy research for more effective decision-making within Jordan’s Ministry of Education that will ultimately lead to improvements in learning outcomes for children in Jordan.
This facilitated learning activity was commissioned by the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development in coordination with Jordan’s Ministry of Education as part of the Evidence-Driven Results in Learning project, with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development and Canada.
The Evidence-Driven Results in Learning (EDRiL) initiative was launched in September 2017 to improve the national evidence base of how to improve children’s learning outcomes in Jordan. One of the problems identified by the project is that, while there are pockets of good practice in education research, it is not linked well to implementation/policy uptake within the Ministry of Education. To address this, the project’s leaders sought to build the capacity of Jordanian Ministry of Education staff to use of high-quality policy research to inform decision-making.
To support this process, in 2019, the Institute of Development Studies was commissioned to co-design and deliver a capacity building workshop and evidence review for the Ministry of Education.
This facilitated learning project utilised a highly tailored version of IDS’ Shaping Policy with Evidence short course.
A scoping review, including semi structured interviews, and surveys with members of the Queen Rania Foundation and Ministry Officials, informed the design of a week-long workshop in Jordan which sought to:
Structured sessions covered theory and practice. A set of priority policy areas were co-developed with Ministry of Education staff in advance of the workshop to ground the learning in participants’ lived experience and policy context. These were:
The learning approach drew further on IDS’ ability to produce accessible research synthesis products with an evidence review which was published after the workshop: Best Practices in Strengthening Evidence Use by Government in Education Policy and Beyond.
This project was developed and delivered by IDS’:
Participants included staff from across the Ministry of Education, including the Directorate of Research and Educational Development. For example:
As well as directly supporting the learning of workshop participants, this learning activity influenced the Ministry of Education, increasing commitment to evidence informed approaches to policy development and implementation and commitments to increasing research capacity and deepening connections with researchers and education practitioners.
The key recommendation arising from the workshop and the scoping review was for the Queen Rania Foundation and the Ministry of Education to consider how they could facilitate or co-facilitate an evidence-for-policy event that provides cross-governmental discussions and learning in this area.
In December 2021 (delayed by Covid from March 2021), Jordan’s Ministry of Education held its first ever high-level Evidence Forum – a high profile event with speakers including the UK Ambassador to Jordan and Jordan’s Secretary General. IDS’ Director of Communications and Impact, James Georgalakis, was invited to present the findings of the IDS evidence review on the first morning to help frame the discussion.