Data Must Speak: United Republic of Tanzania

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Children at a school in Zanzibar
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Evidence-informed decision making is crucial to improve the quality and relevance of basic education in United Republic of Tanzania. Both the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) in Mainland Tanzania and the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT) in Zanzibar are interested in enhancing data usage and access in order to develop, implement, and monitor evidence-based policies, plans and strategies for primary education.

By merging and analyzing existing administrative datasets in both Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, this research helps to identify important associations between school inputs and school performance that can inform public policies and investments in the education sector.

Data Must Speak – a global initiative implemented since 2014 – aims to address the evidence gaps to mitigate the learning crisis using existing data. The DMS Positive Deviance research is co-created and co-implemented with Ministries of Education and key partners. DMS research relies on mixed methods and innovative approaches (i.e., positive deviance approach, behavioural sciences, implementation research and scaling science) to generate knowledge and practical lessons about ‘what works’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ to scale grassroots solutions for national policymakers and the broader international community of education stakeholders.

The DMS research is currently implemented in 14 countries: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Madagascar, Mali, Nepal, Niger, the United Republic of Tanzania, Togo and Zambia.

Cover of report called Unpacking Factors Influencing School Performance in Zanzibar
Ana Luiza Minardi, Jesssica Bergmann, Annika Rigole
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