Measuring results in basic education andvocational training


SDC promotes a holistic vision of education, as defined by the Dakar Framework for Action (2000). At the same time, it applies the principles of “result oriented monitoring”, in accordance with the Paris Declaration (2005).

By doing so, SDC aims to comply with a twofold requirement, methodological and thematic. On the one hand, it has to ensure systematic planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects, programmes and cooperation strategies, notably through PCM (Project Cycle Management) instruments. On the other hand, the challenge is to adapt these tools to the specificities of basic education and vocational skills development programmes, as well as to their implementation contexts.

The Education Network contributes to the reflexion on this issue and to the production of tools and advice, in close partnership with the Quality Insurance Section and other thematic networks.


International initiatives

UNESCO main initiatives for the monitoring and evaluation of non-formal education:

  • The Non-Formal Education Management Information System(NFE-MIS) Link
  • The Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme(LAMP): Link
  • The Global Report on Adult Learning and Education(GRALE): Link
  • The OECD and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA): Link
  • The Learning Metrics Taskforce: Link


Regional Initiatives (Africa)

Non-formal education:

  • Action research on measuring literacy programme participant’s learning outcomes (RAMAA): Link


Formal education:

  • CONFEMEN Programme for the Education Systems Analysis (PASEC): Link (in French)
  • The Southern and Eastern Consortium for Monitoring Evaluation Quality (SACMEQ): Link


Norrag Blog:


Other useful links and documents

SDC website on aid effectiveness: Link