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USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN) has developed a Safer Learning Environments (SLE) Qualitative Assessment Toolkit. Two previous drafts of the toolkit have been piloted by teams in six countries and the final version is ready to use. There are three parts to the toolkit:
- Main toolkit narrative, including tools and annexes
- Main toolkit narrative, including tools and annexes (Section 508 Compliant Version)
- E-Annex: Qualitative Database (Excel)
- E-Annex: Training Video on how to use Qualitative Database
- E-Annex: Training Presentation (PowerPoint)
Why is this toolkit needed?
An assessment of safety within the learning environment can provide critical information that supports efforts at reducing programmatic, fiduciary, and institutional risks in education programs, particularly those in conflict and crisis environments. The SLE Toolkit, like the Rapid Education and Risk Analysis (RERA) Toolkit with which it is closely aligned, aims to provide users, and in particular Implementing Partners seeking a quick diagnostic exercise that focuses on a specific project, with guidance on understanding these risks to safe learning.
What are the reasons to use this tool instead of others?
- Relies on ECCN’s SLE Conceptual Framework (see figure)
- Differentiates multiple types of risks to safety
- Highly detailed but adaptable methodology
- Appropriate for junior or expert researchers
- Rapid (four week) process
- Yields actionable and user-friendly descriptive report
When should this toolkit be used?
- At any stage during the program cycle to inform program design and/or adaptation
- To supplement and/or inform M&E processes
What support can I expect if I use the toolkit?
ECCN provides a discussion forum for previous and current users of the toolkit to help support implementation of the toolkit. The forum will be moderated by ECCN who will provide technical guidance as needed.