Supporting Holistic and Actionable Research in Education

Funded by: USAIDDate Range: 2020 - 2025Project Lead: Pulte InstituteNotre Dame Collaborators: Institute for Educational InitiativesContact: Tom Purekal

The Supporting Holistic and Actionable Research in Education (SHARE) program, a $40 million cooperative agreement with USAID, will leverage the relative strengths of the Keough School’s Pulte Institute for Global Development and Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) to provide research to advance USAID's education sector learning priorities in the global education sector. Priorities will include improving children and youth literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional skills that are foundational to future learning and success, in addition to providing continuous education beyond childhood. 

While progress has been made in recent years to conduct research that strengthens education systems in developing countries, more targeted research is required to create systemic and sustainable change. SHARE will bring local scholars and higher education institutions together to address these challenges and opportunities in a number of low- and middle-income countries, with a view to developing a replicable model to guide decision-makers.

The program is built upon a deep appreciation of local capacity and ownership as the cornerstone of effective development practice. The Notre Dame team will mentor an impressive coalition of partners in higher education across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia to implement the program. 

Notre Dame's overall goal for SHARE is to advance USAID learning priorities in international education to improve education system outcomes. This will be accomplished
through the following development objectives (DOs):

  1. Targeted research and learning to advance USAID education sector learning priorities is conducted
  2. The capacity of education ecosystems to generate, translate, and use high quality, actionable data and evidence to inform programmatic and investment decisions in the course of addressing USAID learning priorities at the local, regional, and/or global levels is strengthened; and
  3. Specialized technical assistance to design and implement education research that supports country priorities is provided.

The Pulte Institute will lead management, oversight and administration of the program. The program team will be led by Tom Purekal, director of the Pulte Institute’s Innovation and Practice division, alongside two full-time team members: Estela Rivero, monitoring, evaluation, learning, and knowledge management director; and Nancy Rydberg, technical associate director. The program will also invoke the contributions of many other individuals across the Pulte Institute, the Keough School, IEI and the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child.

Press Release: Notre Dame receives $40 million federal award to improve global education outcomes

Learn more about SHARE 

SHARE Research Studies

Through June 2023, SHARE will be engaging in research around five high-priority areas for the global education community.  These studies will combine SHARE’s competencies in qualitative and quantitative research approaches while looking more systemically at how to foster a greater culture of evidence-based decision-making.  

Share Research Studies


Through SHARE, and together with its partners, UND will also provide highly specialized, technical research assistance via buy-in services to USAID Missions and Bureaus to design and implement education evaluation and learning tasks in support of country- and region-specific priorities. Current buy-ins include:

  • Ghana Low Cost Private School Assessment
  • Ghana Transition to English (T2E) Impact Evaluation

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