Meet the SDG 4 Data: Measuring How Much Children Are Learning

Let’s review Indicator 4.1.1 on learning outcomes

In the recent introduction to this series of blogs, Everything you always wanted to know about SDG 4 data indicators… but didn’t know who to ask, I flagged a dilemma facing researchers and statisticians: how to translate technical processes around indicators into comprehensible measurement?

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SDG 4 indicators… But Didn’t Know Who or How to Ask!

New tools from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics chart a course for education stakeholders

One constant dilemma for researchers and statisticians is how to translate intricate technical processes, often emerging from intense scrutiny and discussion, into measures that are comprehensible and actionable for those who were not part of those discussions from the beginning.  

R&D Data Release

The release includes updated data for the 2016 reference year and time series data for two key global indicators used to monitor Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9.5. With SDG 9, countries have pledged to “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. In particular, SDG Target 9.5 calls upon them to encourage innovation and substantially increase the number of researchers, as well as public and private spending on R&D.

Launch of the 2018 UNESCO-OECD-Eurostat Data Collection on Education

The UOE questionnaires collect data on formal education, including personnel, enrolment, graduates, source of funds, demographic data and class size.

Results of the survey will be released in 2019 via the UIS database. A timely response to the survey is essential to produce high-quality, comparable data, which are used to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and included in major international reports.

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SDG 4 Data at Your Fingertips with New Tools from the UIS

Where can you find the latest data to monitor Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4)? How are the indicators produced and how can they be interpreted and used? Go straight to the source with a series of new products developed by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).

As the custodian UN agency for SDG 4 data, the UIS not only has the mandate to produce the global monitoring indicators but also to help stakeholders – from countries and donors to civil society groups and technical partners - use the findings to get all children in school and learning by 2030.

Three Steps to Help Policymakers Measure Equity in National Education Planning

As governments pursue Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on education, with its strong focus on equity, are they embedding equity at the very heart of their national education plans? Recent research suggests that, in many cases, the answer is no, but it also highlights ‘honorable exceptions’: countries that are tracking equity in access to education and in learning.

From Concept to Practice: Five Steps to Measure Education Equity

We know it is critical to measure equity in education: the fairness of education provision and quality of learning outcomes, as well as access to schooling, if we are to meet the global goals and targets for education.

We also know there are many different ways to conceptualize the measurement of equity, with different perspectives, start points and aims – often driven by the current political climate.