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The relationship between the third and the public sectors has been undergoing fundamental changes, which has created challenges and opportunities for education CSOs unimaginable a few decades ago. The public sector has increasingly adopted various mechanisms (such as competitive tendering, public-private partnership schemes and interventions, etc.) to outsource responsibilities on education social service provision to CSOs. Thus, education CSOs have been increasingly entangled in social service provision governance structures on a varied array of education issues, e.g. the inclusion of pupils belonging to vulnerable groups, etc. This process, however, has lead to the exponential increase of disjointed intervention based social data on how education integration works at individual and community levels. However, these data and potential evidence gets under-documented due to limited institutional capacities of CSOs in handling the management challenges associated with comprehensive data that emerge from their work.

 

As a response, the Education Support Program of OSI announces the launch of the Strengthening Education Civil Society Organizations’ Evidence Based Practice Initiative. The Initiative has three principal components:

 

  • To carry out research with focus on the role of service delivery education CSOs in producing validated sources of systematic social data on education integration and efforts to tackle education discrimination and marginalisation of vulnerable groups;
  • To develop and test information collecting protocols which aim to boost organisational capacities to better understand the outcomes and impact of education service interventions on the school integration of pupils belonging to vulnerable groups;
  • To raise awareness among key education policy, research and practitioner stakeholders on the increasing importance of systematic documentation of the outcomes and impact of CSOs’ education service delivery around the world and thus validating education CSO work as reliable source of social knowledge.

 

Through the Initiative and collaboration with interested organisations ESP wishes:

 

  • To undertake a comprehensive state-of-the-art literature review on education society research work on the school integration of pupils belonging to vulnerable groups;
  • To develop comprehensive methodologies and related instruments of data gathering protocols and strategies for education CSOs, in order to analyze the outcomes of education inclusion practices at school and classroom levels;
  • To facilitate participatory planning of data gathering protocols and strategies by education CSOs;
  • To elaborate a comprehensive comparative research report for policy makers summarizing the findings of the methodology testing and a set of recommendations on how the adoption of this methodology could mitigate the data scarcity on educational and social integration at school level.

 

 

 
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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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