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Strategic Education Governance - Policy Toolkit


Most currently available indicators capture education contexts, inputs, outputs and outcomes, for example OECD’s indicators published in  Education at a Glance (EAG) or the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) publication series. However, relatively little attention has been paid to developing indicators to help guide improvements in education governance, that is, how policy and reform processes are best realised.

SEG develops a policy toolkit comprising a set of governance indicators to help countries promote effective governance processes. The indicators can inform efforts to improve governance processes directly, providing policy makers with a tool to focus attention on the processes that support strategic education governance in a complex world.

The policy toolkit and its indicators are work in progress. Current work on the SEG policy toolkit focuses on knowledge governance as its first module. The project has started conceptual work on accountability as the second module.


The Cornerstones of the SEG Policy Toolkit

Modular architecture

  • Thematic modules following the domains of the SEG Organisational Framework, enabling capitalising on work in other SEG work strands
  • As domains are inherently interdependent, each respective module incorporates items of related domains, reducing costs of participating in additional modules
  • Systems can flexibly participate in modules as they become available

Aspirational thematic modules

  • Externally valid aspirational framework, derived from empirical research on effective governance processes
  • Items are refined and prioritised for practical application together with countries
  • Items are relevant across various system contexts, offering a common language to learn across systems
  • Thematic modules inform action without prescribing specific governance arrangements
  • Collecting information on practices in specific contexts

Development principle of enabling in-country diagnostic and dialogue

  • Each module is developed under the principle of enabling in-country discussion of improving governance processes
  • Emphasis on in-country learning processes and benefits from engaging in diagnostic process as much as results gathered
  • Support for engaging in-country stakeholders in process of using the policy toolkit (depending on the use-case)

Close collaboration with systems in developing and using the toolkit

  • Scope is tailored to fit country priorities along several dimensions
  • Possibility of questionnaire-led case studies carried out by the SEG project team
  • SEG support developed and tailored to country/system priorities to facilitate learning within and across systems

The design in detail

Consult the SEG Policy Toolkit design document to learn more about the toolkit's design and approaches (pdf).


Further Information

  • SEG Organisational Framework
  • Advisory Group Meeting (Paris, France, 5-6 June 2018) the toolkit's architecture and its first module knowledge Governance. More>>
  • Overview SEG policy toolkit Module 1: Knowledge Governance (pdf)


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