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About Us

We are the first Education Research and Innovation Laboratory for Latin America and the Caribbean. We were created in 2016 by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Fundación Chile, with the support of the Education Ministries of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panamá, Peru and Uruguay. Since 2018, the Ministries of Guatemala, Honduras and Panama have also joined SUMMA.

Our mission is to contribute to and increase the quality, equity and inclusion of the educational systems in the region, through the improvement of the decision-making process regarding educational policies and practices. For this purpose, SUMMA works in the following areas: (a) generating knowledge and evidence through cutting edge research on key matters of education policy, (b) boosting innovation in education through the promotion of policies that are innovative and have proven effectiveness, and c) stimulating the collaboration and exchange of knowledge between policy makers, academics, innovators, directors and educators.