What is USAID ECCN Reading?

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USAID ECCN

The Health & Education Advice & Resource Team (HEART) produced a report on "The role of education in contributing to safety and well-being in conflict settings." The report proposes that community participation, teacher roles, the schooling environment, inclusive and equitable access, and school as a point of access to communities are interventions that contribute to the role of education and schooling as a provider of safety and well-being in conflict-affected environments.
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USAID ECCN

A Safe Healing and Learning Space (SHLS), produced by IRC, is a secure, caring and predictable place where children and adolescents living in conflict and crisis settings can learn, develop and be protected. The SHLS Toolkit provides child protection and education practitioners with the content needed to initiate an SHLS program.
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Cornelia Janke

“The Future of Impact Evaluation” produced by IDInsight, suggests that it’s time for a new approach and rationale for impact evaluation, away from the current trend for “knowledge-focused evaluations” to a more “decision-focused” orientation. They argue that, in order to more effectively inform development action, impact evaluations must be adapted to serve as context-specific tools for decision-making that feed into local solution-finding systems.
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Kayla Boisvert

IRC recently published The Outcomes and Evidence Framework, an interactive tool intended to support people working in development and humanitarian aid to design effective programs by delivering key information on outcomes related to health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power.
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Amy Deal

263 million children and youth are out of school from primary to upper secondary according to a recent UNESCO study, which also features the first ever estimate of out of school youth in upper secondary school.
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Gwendolyn Heaner

What Works in Girls' Education: Evidence for the World's Best Investment authored by Gene Sperling and Rebecca Winthrop with Christina Kwauk highlights progress made, work still to be done and provides a catalog of evidence on addressing girls' education needs.
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Ash Hartwell

The Problem with Evidence-Based Policies, a critique of the growing trend to treat random controlled trials as the 'gold standard' of evidence, is a recommended read for those working in evaluation and research.
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Gwendolyn Heaner

A systematic review of preventive interventions to reduce youth gang violence in low and middle income countries - including school-based interventions - offers some powerful insight into this complex issue.
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Jim Rogan

Harvard Business Review recently posted an article titled Why Bad Projects Are So Hard to Kill about the consequences of ignoring certain information that flows through project feedback loops.
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Amy Deal

"What Ministries Can Do to Protect Education from Attack and Schools from Military Use: A Menu of Actions" by GCPEA is a recently published resource for ministry personnel and provides practical tools to prevent attacks on education.
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Gwendolyn Heaner

"Are Schools Safe and Gender Equal Spaces?" is an article published by ICRW and Plan that describes the findings of a study on school related gender-based violence in 5 Asian countries.
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Shai Fuxman

Evaluation in the Extreme: Research, Impact and Politics in Violently Divided Societies written by Kenneth Bush and Collen Duggan is an "exploration of the way in which research, power, and politics interact in violently divided societies."
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Cornelia Janke

This slideshow gives background to the current global discussion about how best to finance education to meet the SDGs and has particular relevance for fragile contexts. Justin van Fleet, one of the presenters, is a member of the USAID ECCN Advisory Group.
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Ash Hartwell

"World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society and Behavior" by the World Bank Group contains an excellent unpacking of emergent theories of change and feedback loops to improve policy and programs in Chapter 11, specifically.
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Jim Rogan

Harvard Business Review recently published a piece called "Why Organizations Don't Learn" which details challenges to organizational learning and ways to create an environment of learning within organizations.
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USAID ECCN

In this short documentary, a 17-year-old Syrian films an intimate portrait of life in her refugee camp. Even if you don't view the whole thing, watching 5 minutes (fast forward to the middle) offers more than words alone can capture about the fragile hopes and courage of a young female refugee.
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Shai Fuxman

"Evaluation for equitable development results" - This publication aims to stimulate the international debate on how the evaluation function can contribute to achieving equitable development results by conceptualizing, designing, implementing and using evaluations focused on human rights and equity.
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Amy Deal

UNICEF recently published their "Humanitarian Action for Children 2016" report which reviews work done in 2015 and work planned for 2016. Special attention is also give to crisis-affected children.
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Ash Hartwell

By the end of the century there will be an additional 4-11 billion people on the planet. To survive we will have to radically change our ways. Paul Hanley's Eleven is a must read on this topic.
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Nina Papadopoulos

"Curriculum development in fragile states to encourage peace and reduction of conflict" research report by Ruth Naylor of CfBT Education Trust, is an important piece of work for those developing curriculum in fragile contexts.
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Gwendolyn Heaner

Plan UK's final report on a child-led evaluation in Kenya provides an interesting methodology to understand issues children face related to staying in school, safety, and achievement.