Educational reform support: Volume four
In 1995, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Bureau for Africa published a report titled Basic Education in Africa: USAID’s Approach to Sustainable Reform in the 1990s. That technical paper examined Agency experience in education in Africa in the late 1980s and early 1990s and drew out several lessons for how USAID could better approach the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs supporting education reform. One of those lessons concerned the role of information and policy dialogue in improving policy formulation and implementation in the education sector. This series, Education Reform Support, is the product of the Africa Bureau’s two years of effort to pursue the operational implications of that lesson.
Neither information use nor dialogue is a new idea. USAID and other donors have years of experience supporting education management information systems. Likewise, the development community has grown quite fond of the term “policy dialogue.” What Education Reform Support set out to do was to distill the best knowledge about information and dialogue, to examine the development field’s experience in these areas, and to systematically apply that knowledge and experience to articulating a new approach.