The UIS has released three information papers to help governments produce, interpret and use accurate indicators on out-of-school children. By exploring specific methodological issues, the papers highlight the need to harmonize data sources while helping national statisticians understand why indicator values can vary depending on the data source, collection method, or technique used to calculate indicators.
The UIS works with about 200 countries and territories to produce the most comprehensive and trusted global education database. The quality of these indicators depends on the data provided by line ministries (especially education ministries) and national statistical offices.
Given the time it can take to mobilize around development goals and establish effective monitoring systems to track progress, the 2030 deadline for the achievement of the global goal on education is just around the corner. Nevertheless, there are times when it is wise to pause for a moment and take stock.
The UIS is bringing together key actors from across the international education community through two flagship initiatives that will be meeting in May to help set the course for the measurement agenda.