KIX LAC and organized the workshop What is meant by ‘evidence’? Unlocking the impact of gray literature on educational decision making.

Mar 5, 2024 | kix, News


SUMMA – KIX LAC in conjunction with Education.orgwith the support of the Global Partnership for Education and the IDRC, organized the workshop “What is meant by ‘evidence’? Unlocking the impact of the gray literature* on educational decision making.”The event was aimed at representatives of the ministries of education, universities and researchers from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, four of the countries that make up the KIX LAC Center. This workshop is part of the activities of the Knowledge Mobilization Cycle and Community of Practice Use of Evidence in Education , which aims to promote the meeting and exchange of knowledge between ministries of education and researchers through the work of and the Guidance for broadening the evidence base for educational decision making as a tool.

Raul Chacón, Director of KIX LAC, welcomed and thanked for the great opportunity to deepen the discussion on the importance of educational evidence and, in particular, the use of gray literature, “From SUMMA, we want to highlight the relevance of evidence from what we know that works and see how we can implement what already works. One of our main objectives is to give visibility to the work and research being carried out in our Central American countries, which is often made invisible by developments coming from the global north”.

Drs. Suzanne Grant, chair of Education Science and Policy and Erin Sorensen, Education Officer of were in charge of carrying out the activities of the workshop, which was attended by managers and representatives of the General Directorate of Curriculum and Evaluation, the General Sub-Directorate of Educational Research and the Coordination of Research of the Ministry of Education of Honduras; the National Directorate of Teacher Training, the National Directorate of Educational Evaluation, the National Directorate of Educational Counseling and the Directorate of Human Development of the Ministry of Education of El Salvador; the Faculty of Law and the Coordination of Programs of the Foundation for Higher Education – ESEN; the Coordination of Programs and Projects of the OEI in Guatemala and the Pestalozzi Foundation; the General Directorate of Educational Planning and Programming, the Research Department and the Directorate of Educational Statistics of the Ministry of Education of Nicaragua; the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua – UNAN – and the IDCR.

The workshop provided practical training in the use of the guide to classify, identify and evaluate gray literature, as well as contextualizing it for Latin America and the Caribbean. According to consensus, the main challenges in the search for evidence for education lie in 4 points: 1) access, the need to acquire skills to be able to identify and evaluate the relevance of different sources of information..; 2) difficulty in identifying reliable sources; 3) lack of time to gather information and abundance of resources in English or other languages other than Spanish and 4) fostering a culture of using evidence to inform interventions and incorporate it into decision making.

In closing the day, Grant and Sorensen thanked the active participation, commenting on their hope that with the development of the guide, researchers will be able to conduct much more research in the long term on specific topics that will reveal the needs and possible sources of research, so that ministries of education and policy makers will have the necessary information to do so in the best possible way. Likewise, the attendees assured that both the workshop and the guide support the work being done by academia, and sow the seed of seeing great potential in working with other organizations and sectors that are developing very valuable practices in education, so that together they can contribute to generate more consistent and solid evidence that provides knowledge to address the great educational challenges of the countries of the region.


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SUMMA’s work – KIX LAC with

Since 2023, both entities have been working intensively and jointly to join efforts, share work and experiences carried out by each institution on the use of educational evidence in two different regions of the world: Africa and Central America and the Caribbean.

In June, SUMMA – KIX LAC, together with 35 participants from 17 countries, were invited to participate in the International Working Group* (IWG) meeting organized by in Nairobi (Kenya), within the framework of the LEARRN Partnership (Leading with Evidence to Achieve Real Reform Now – Dirigir con datos para lograr ahora una reforma real), to discuss how best to evaluate and incorporate the “gray” literature into the wealth of knowledge that influences educational practice and policy formulation.

Subsequently, in August, was invited by SUMMA to participate in the first webinar held as part of the launch of the knowledge mobilization cycle “Using Evidence in Education” and the Community of Practice, “Using Evidence for Institutional Change in Education”.

To learn more about ‘s work visit their website. website.


Related documents of interest | Calling for an Education Knowledge Bridge: A White Paper to Advance Evidence Use in Education.

Inter-American Development Bank IDB : Learning Cannot Wait – Lessons for Latin America and the Caribbean from PISA 2022 Learning Cannot Wait Lessons for Latin America and the Caribbean from PISA 2022

Education Endowment Foundation | Guide to Effective Professional Development in the Early Years

Foundation for Higher Education Publications web page

Ministry of Education of Guyana : Education sector plan 2021-2025: Eliminating Illiteracy, Enhancing Tolerance & Modernizing Education.Education sector plan 2021-2025: Eliminating Illiteracy, Enhancing Tolerance & Modernizing Education.

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of El Salvador – Dirección de Infraestructura Educativa : “My New School” Design Manual.Design Manual “Mi Nueva Escuela”.

Ministry of Education of Nicaragua Index Magazine: Evaluation for learning, a practice for educational improvement and full human development.

OECD : WHO CARES ABOUT USING EDUCATION RESEARCH IN POLICY AND PRACTICE? Who Cares about Using Education Research in Policy and Practice? Strengthening Research Engagement

SUMMA |Innovation in Education for the 21st Century: How to accelerate change in Latin America and the Caribbean so that no child is left behind?

UNESCOThe urgency of educational recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean .


* Gray literature refers to various types of documents produced at all levels of government, academia, business and industry in printed and electronic formats, protected by intellectual property rights and of sufficient quality to be collected and preserved by libraries and institutional repositories.

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