Knowledge, Evidence and Research

Knowledge, Evidence and Research (KER) of What Works for Girls’ Education in South Sudan is a component of GESS aimed to generate knowledge about what works in general for girls’ education, and about programmatic causality and impact. It seeks to develop knowledge about the impact of project interventions, and make links from inputs to outcomes and impacts, as well as gathering broader information about what works in girls’ education.

Why knowledge, evidence and research of what works for girls’ education in South Sudan?

GESS strives to eliminate barriers to girls’ education and promote gender equality throughout the education system. In order to do that, we need to study and understand more about these issues that prevent girls from going to school, staying in school and learning while in school, hence the key aspect of research in GESS, to determine what works or doesn’t work in favour of girls’ education in South Sudan.

What does knowledge, evidence and research seek to do?

The Knowledge, Evidence and Research (KER) component of GESS seeks to:

  • develop national and state capacity for research and use of evidence
  • develop knowledge about the impact of project interventions
  • develop broader information about what works in girls’ education
  • incorporate process monitoring into learning about successes and failures in design and implementation, protect against doing harm and monitor value for money
  • inform policy-making, such as budget priorities and targeted support.

How is KER being managed?

The KER component is led by a sub-committee of the GESS Technical Committee. The sub-committee is responsible for taking key decisions on the research work and approving final research instruments and products.

KER data will be obtained through a variety of sources, from literature reviews to drill-down studies in schools and communities, and in-depth interviews with officials at all levels.

Where will KER take place?

Research is being conducted in all ten states.

When will KER take place?

Research will take place in three tranches: baseline (2013-4), midterm (2015-6) and endline (2017-8).

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