3ie at WWGS 2016: Round-up of panels,sessions and workshops

3ie was a co-organiser of the What Works Global Summit held in London on 26-28 September,  along with the Campbell Collaboration, Sense about Science and the Queen's University, Belfast. 

Pre-conference workshops were also conducted over the weekend of 24-25 September ahead of the main summit days. 3ie conducted several of these workshops, and hosted and participated in many panels and sessions. 

Pre-conference workshops

Day 1, 24 September 2016

Day 2, 25 September 2016

WWGS conference

Day 1, 26 September 2016

Day 2, 27 September 2016


3ie launches the Education Effectiveness Systematic Review Summary in London, 27 September. 

3ie launched the latest in their series of systematic review summary report ' The impact of education programmes on learning and school participation in low- and middle-income countries' at an evening public lecture session at the What Works Global Summit on 27 September. The session ‘Is there a magic bullet for achieving quality education for all? A systematic review of the evidence’, began with 3ie' Senior Evaluation Specialist and lead researcher Birte Snilstveit presenting the main findings of the review. 3ie's executive director, Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez convened the event and moderated the panel discussion that followed Birte's presentation. He challenged the panellists to explore the next stage in the life cycle of the systematic review and how it could be utilised within policy to improve both participation in and the outcomes of education for all children. Sally Gear Head of DFID's Education department welcomed the findings, expressing the desire to work further with the data to improve policy outcomes. David Evans, senior economist at the World Bank congratulated 3ie for the exhaustive review and noted that there was valuable literature contained in the systematic review which had not been uncovered in previous reviews. Caine Rolleston, senior lecturer at the Institute of Education at the University College of London observed that these findings should be benchmarked in a given country context, with the further work of translating the main messages into policy solutions potentially incomplete until policy makers understood how to interpret the evidence.  

The main messages were probed by development researchers from similar programmes and wider members of the public in a compelling question and answer session that concluded the launch event. Manny neatly summaried the debate by  suggesting that the systematic review provided the ingredients to make the dish, whilst the policy makers had to be involved in the formulation of the recipe, in order to complete the process. Birte Snilstveit closed the evening by calling for the evidence to be used to inform future policy and address the learning crisis affecting low and middle income countries across the globe.

The 900 page systematic review brings together rigorous evaluation of education interventions across low and middle income countries. It has been distilled down to a 70 page summary document intended to be useful for policymakers and programme managers. The review is also available as a brief, intended for a wider public audience. The findings have been made accessible in an illustrated online and printed format. The synthesised data is presented in a fully contextualised manner and contains a selection of policy implications drawn from the review’s most important findings. The graphical representation of data utilised is fully explicated for those without a statistical background and both the systematic review process and the main messages of the review have been captured as colourful infographics, and disseminated via social media.
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Day 3, 28 September 2016

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