Supporting Holistic and Actionable Research in Education
Now in its second year, the Supporting Holistic and Actionable Research in Education (SHARE) activity, a $40 million cooperative agreement with USAID and the largest federal grant ever awarded to Notre Dame, has made significant progress in advancing USAID’s learning priorities in the global education sector. Led by the Pulte Institute and Notre Dame’s Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child, part of the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI), the SHARE team has brought local scholars and higher education institutions together to address education challenges surrounding youth literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional skills in low- and middle-income countries.
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.
Led by Innovation and Practice Program Director Tom Purekal, the project team now boasts 24 full and part-time staff, and partners with 15 organizations around the world. The SHARE activity currently consists of five core research studies and a series of buy-ins, which provide in-country partners with the opportunity to produce research that is focused on areas that interest them. These buy-ins also contribute to USAID’s goals for the SHARE activity.
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. Learn more about these SHARE research activities by clicking each link below:
- Contextually Relevant Emotional and Social Wellbeing Tools (CREST): This study will conduct research on children’s socio-emotional learning skills and teacher wellbeing that is grounded in the perspectives of teachers, children, and caregivers.
- Language of Instruction Transition in Education Systems (LITES): The LITES study seeks to fill knowledge gaps in language acquisition by generating evidence surrounding language of instruction transitions and their relationship to learners’ first and second-language literacy skills.
- Learning to Improve Book Resource Operational Systems (LIBROS): This study will explore the underlying conditions that improve book supply chains and identify policy and practice pathways to strengthen the primary education level book supply chains in low- and middle-income countries.
- Higher Education Institutions Generating Holistic and Transformative Solutions (HEIGHTS)- Financial Sustainability: This study aims to produce evidence-informed strategies that can facilitate financial sustainability in higher education systems, and will analyze the ways in which governments and higher education institutions mobilize public and private resources.
- HEIGHTS- Innovation Ecosystems: This study will explore how higher education institutions can positively influence an innovation ecosystem through a variety of roles while considering limiting factors like resources, relationships, and social norms
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 Plus (T2E+) Impact Evaluation
- Uganda: Assessment of Non-State Schools
- Malawi: Higher Education
- Latin America & Caribbean: Development of Regional Learning Agenda
- Egypt: Higher Education (LSP)
- DELITES: Deaf Education Language of Instruction Transition in Education Systems
- Uzbekistan: Systems Thinking