Education policy evaluation
Surveying the OECD landscape
This paper aims to survey the current landscape of education policy evaluation across
OECD countries and economies by examining recent trends and contextual factors that
can promote more robust education policy evaluation, as well as identifying key challenges.
It takes a view of policy evaluation as an activity that takes place throughout the
entire policy cycle, before, during, and after a reform is implemented. It proposes
a supporting framework for education policy evaluation that integrates institutional
factors which can help to build robust underpinnings for policy evaluation. It also
presents some specific considerations to take into account for individual policy evaluation
processes. Analysis of more than 80 evaluations across OECD education systems provides
an indication of the diversity of approaches taken in the policy evaluation process.
Key findings refer to the “who”, “when”, “what”, “how”, “for what” and “what next”
of policy evaluation processes through a comparative lens.
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