Data + Policy = Action on International Day for Women and Girls in Science

On 11 February, the world will observe the International Day for Women and Girls in Science. While celebrating achievements, we must continue to focus on advancing gender equality in science and technology as women are still underrepresented in all areas, from research and engineering to tech start-ups. Pursuing gender parity in science is also part of wider global efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) while supporting SDG 9 for innovation and SDG 17 on technological capacity building in developing countries.

Turning the Spotlight on Those Left Behind to Mark the First International Day of Education

On the first International Day of Education, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report announce a new partnership to demonstrate education inequalities and show those lagging behind in achieving the global UN education goal, SDG 4.

A Partnership for a Global Public Good: Data to Improve Learning

With 617 million children and adolescents worldwide unable to read a simple sentence or handle a basic math calculation, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has embarked on an invitiative to link existing international, regional and national assessments to fill a critical data gap on learning during the early grades of education. 

Data to Nurture Learning

More children than ever are in school, but are they receiving a quality education? According to the latest SDG 4 Data Digest by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, about 617 million children and adolescents cannot read proficiently or do basic math, and two-thirds of them are sitting in a classroom. Are children gaining the skills they need for lifelong learning? The latest Digest presents how governments can measure learning outcomes using existing tools to produce internationally-comparable data. Data to change policies. Data to nurture learning.

Measuring and Reporting on SDG 4 and Beyond: Lessons from the Innovations in Global Learning Metrics Symposium

The recent symposium Innovations in Global Learning Metrics: A Focused Debate among Users, Producers and Researchers, hosted by Arizona State University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education (CASGE), brought together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss how to more effectively use global learning metrics for education policymaking.