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Data and Statistics

Below is an alphabetical list of databases with education data, reports, and analysis tools relevant to the field of Education in Emergencies. 




Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) Databases

Developed by an independent team and published by UNESCO, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report is an authoritative reference that aims to inform, influence and sustain genuine commitment towards Education for All. The Education for All Global Monitoring Report is the prime instrument to assess global progress towards achieving the six 'Dakar' EFA goals. It tracks progress, identifies effective policy reforms and best practice in all areas relating to EFA, draws attention to emerging challenges and seeks to promote international cooperation in favour of education.

  • Statistical TablesThe Statistical Tables page of the EFA GMR website pulls together the statistical tables appearing in each of EFA Global Monitoring Reports since 2002. Users can download the tables in either English or French to find the education and education-relevant data used in the publication of its annual report.
  • Aid TablesSince 2006 the EFA Global Monitoring Report has included tables on development assistance and aid. The focus is on Official Development Assistance (ODA) - that is, public funds provided to developing countries to promote their economic and social development. The Aid Tables page of the EFA GMR allows users to access such tables from each report.
  • EFA Development Index Archive-The EFA Development Index (EDI), a composite measure of progress across the whole EFA agenda, provides one way of indicating achievement of Education for All as a whole. Due to data constraints, the standard index currently focuses only on the four most easily quantifiable goals: universal primary education, adult literacy, the quality of education and gender parity and equality. The remaining two goals, early childhood care and education (ECCE) and meeting learning needs of youth and adults are still excluded mainly because of data limitations. With the EFA Development Index Archive, users can download the EDI and its components for each Global Monitoring Report. 
  • EFA GMR World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE)- WIDE brings together data from demographic and health surveys and multiple indicator cluster surveys from over sixty countries to enable users to compare education attainment between countries, and between groups within countries, according to factors that are associated with inequality, including wealth, gender, ethnicity and location. Users can create maps, charts, info graphics and tables from the data, and download, print or share them online.

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The Education For All (EFA) Info 2.0 Asia and Pacific

UNICEF EAPRO, UNESCO and other partners in education developed and launched EFAInfo 2.0, a user-friendly, DevInfo-based education database, designed as a tool to support the compilation, dissemination, analysis and presentation of key education data on those population groups most in need of access to quality education across the Asia and Pacific Region. Through EFAInfo, users can access:

  • Internationally comparable education indicators published for regional, cross-country comparisons;
  • National and sub-national data indicating achievements and gaps in achievement of EFA;
  • Regional, country and sub-national maps for powerful and compelling presentations.

Users have access to regional and national indicators disaggregated by age and sex, ethnicity and socio-economic status. Where data is available, it also probes provincial and district-level settings, providing evidence for effective response to achieving Education for All. In addition, online users have access to a range of development-related database, searchable by key words on issues such as education, poverty, the MDGs and other topics. The database also contains a gallery of presentation-ready visuals, providing an overview of the status of each of the six goals of EFA across the region.

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The Education Policy and Data Center (EPDC)

A project of FHI360, the Education Policy and Data Center (EPDC) operates on the insight that sound education policy benefits from the use of reliable evidence, including good data and thorough analysis of both challenges and solutions. EPDC serves as a resource for education data and creates profiles and data reports on education status by country. The website allows users to search an online database containing more than half a million global education data points. The data can be searched across several dimensions or browsed through topic, school level and country profile pages. Users can then create and save visualizations of the data through the website. In addition, the EPDC website offers a wealth of research publications on education issues and challenges in developing countries.

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Eldis is an online information service providing free access to relevant, up-to-date and diverse research on international development issues. The database includes over 40,000 summaries and provides links to full-text research and policy documents from over 8,000 publishers. Documents are organized into collections according to key development themes, including education, and the country or region they relate to. Users can browse the website or subscribe to get updates in a specific format.

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SABER - Systems Approach for Better Education Results

Using new diagnostic tools and detailed policy information, the Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) collects and analyzes comparative data and knowledge on education systems around the world and highlights the policies and institutions that matter most to promote learning for all children and youth.

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SACMEQ - Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality

SACMEQ's mission is to assist educational planners and researchers to undertake studies of the quality of their education systems by working in a co-operative manner that allows them to share their experiences and to learn from each other. SACMEQ data is available on the StatPlanet website, an interactive data visualization with maps and graphs, which includes demographic, education, health and socio-economic indicators. Education indicators (e.g. enrollment rates, reading, math and science achievement, school resources) are taken from the SACMEQ (Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality), UIS, and PISA (OECD Programme for International Student Assessment).

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SITEAL Database (in Spanish)

SITEAL is an information system of educational trends in Latina America which makes available various resources in view of analysing the relationship between the social dynamic and the educational practices in the region. It includes data on access to school, its continuation and the level achieved. It also provides information on the relationship between education and labour market as well as between education and life conditions. Country profiles are available.

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UNDP Human Development Data

The statistics section of the Human Development Report Office website provides data from the Human Development Report (HDR) and resources to help you better understand these data. Users can download the latest human development trends by various indicators such as education, years of schooling, expenditure on education, and many more. Users can also download the inequality-adjusted human development index data, gender inequality index data, multidimensional poverty index data, and gender development index data.

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UNESCO eAtlas of Teachers

The UNESCO eAtlas of Teachers lets you visualize the gaps in the supply and demand for teachers at national and global levels. Through maps, charts and ranking tables, you can explore the data to answer key questions such as: precisely how many new teachers are needed to respond to the rising demand for primary education? How do working conditions for teachers compare across countries and regions? And to what extent are women represented in the teaching workforce?

This eAtlas features a wide range of indicators produced by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). The UIS compiles education data for more than 200 countries and territories through its annual survey and partnerships with organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat. 

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UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) Education Data

UIS is the leading source for international education statistics. Covering more than 200 countries and territories, the UIS database covers all education levels and addresses key policy issues such as gender parity, teachers and financing. It provides country profiles, which summarize key education and literacy statistics, as well as statistical tables with more detailed information. It also provides data on specific issues including out-of-school children, gender and education, higher education, teachers and education finance.

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UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) World Data on Education

First published as a CD-ROM in 1996, the database World Data on Education has regularly been improved and expanded using the information included in the National Reports on the Development of Education, supplemented with data from other sources. Five editions (out of print) have been produced until 2003. The sixth edition 2006/07 (out of print) contains detailed and systematized information on education systems of 161 countries worldwide, with a particular emphasis on curricula and curriculum development processes.

The database, which contains selected links to a range of official information sources on education, can also be accessed online. Each individual profile of national education system can be downloaded in the pdf format.

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The UNESCO/OECD/EUROSTAT (UOE) database on education covers the outputs of educational institutions, the policy levers that shape educational outputs, the human and financial resources invested in education, structural characteristics of education systems, and the economic and social outcomes of education, learning and training throughout life. Data cover educational personnel, expenditure by funding source and transaction type, foreign / international students enrolled, educational attainment, graduates by age, graduates by field of education, students aligned to finance and personnel data, students enrolled by age and students enrolled by type of institution.

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UNESCO Right to Education Database

In view of its principal role in the UN system in the field of right to education, one of UNESCO’s main global missions is to promote education as a fundamental right. Housed within the UNESCO website, the Global Database on the Right to Education provides documentation and information concerning the implementation of the right to education at every level of education, under constitutional, legislative and policy frameworks and covering various areas relating to this right in a country.

Users can access country profiles, which provide detailed information on the ratification of normative instruments and monitoring status of the right to education, constitutional and legal frameworks, and education policies of the selected country. The library also contains about 1,000 documents including: Member States' constitutions, laws, decrees as well as educational programmes and plans. Users can also use search toold to find available information within country profiles based on status of ratifications and monitoring of normative instruments, education policies, or keywords.

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UNHCR Statistics and Operational Data

UNHCR contributes to coordination and informed decision-making in refugee operations by providing accurate, relevant and timely data and statistics. The Statistics and Operational Data section of UNHCR's website provides data, reports, maps and other information essential for field operations. It also carries statistical reports on the people of concern to UNHCR: refugees, asylum-seekers, returned refugees, the internally displaced and stateless people. Detailed information on country of asylum, place of origin, gender, age, location and legal status of refugees is available. Indicators on the quality of refugee protection and UNHCR operations are increasingly being collected as well. 

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This website is a gateway to reliable and open data and analysis on the situation of children and women worldwide. UNICEF maintains a series of global databases for tracking the situation of children and women globally. The databases include only statistically sound and nationally representative data from household surveys and other sources. They are updated annually through a process that draws on a wealth of data maintained by UNICEF’s network of 140 country offices.  UNICEF’s work in the area of data analysis highlights trends and emphasizes patterns found within the data. It also suggests how these data can be used strategically to inform programmatic efforts. Where possible, data are disaggregated by gender, age, residence, household income, education, and other key social and demographic variables to help uncover possible risk factors and inequities. UNICEF data gives access to the latest official UNICEF data on children and women in addition to statistical profiles of individual countries.

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UNICEF/DevInfo Database of Child Related Data

Through DevInfo, UNICEF data are now available in one single database, which can be disaggregated by wealth quintiles, gender, and other dimensions. Users can produce tables, graphs, maps and other visual outputs for inclusion in reports, presentations and various advocacy or planning materials. The software supports standard indicators, such as those used for monitoring the MDGs at the global level, yet can also be customized to fit the requirements of local indicator and monitoring frameworks at the regional or country level.

The new DevInfo data visualization dashboard builder (in beta), allows for natural language data queries and well-designed tables, maps, and graphs in an animated, interactive platform. Request beta access by emailing [email protected]

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UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) programme website

Since its inception in 1995, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, known as MICS, has become the largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on women and children worldwide. Close to 300 Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys have been carried out in more than 100 countries, generating data on key indicators on the well-being of children and women, and helping shape policies for the improvement of their lives. MICS has been a major source of data on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) indicators and will be a major data source in the post-2015 era. Users can download reports of MICS surveys, request access to available datasets, download archives for select surveys, and use filters to find surveys of interest. A comprehensive set of tools is also available to guide survey teams through every step of the MICS process – from overall planning, design and data collection in the field to data processing, analysis, interpretation, documentation and dissemination.

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UN Statistics Division- Learning and Education

The United Nations Statistics Division collects data on literacy, educational attainment and school attendance from national statistical offices around the world and disseminates them in tabular form in special issues of the United Nations Demographic Yearbook. These official statistics provided by countries are derived from population censuses. In addition, the Statistics Division compiles and makes available online some statistics and indicators on illiteracy and education, derived from both population censuses and administrative systems, through its Social Indicators website and Statistics and indicators on women and men website. The major sources of these statistics and indicators are the United Nations Statistics Division and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) the statistical branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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The World Bank’s EdStats

The World Bank EdStats (Education Statistics) portal is a comprehensive data and analysis source for key topics in education such as access, completion, learning, expenditures and equity. Users can access data from various sources in the following data queries:

Plus, the new Educational Attainment Equality dashboard highlights disparities in years of educational attainment by gender, income quintile, and rural/urban residence. And, a new Education Data Visualizer allows users to watch data points transition over time in an animated scatterplot chart. Users can fully customize the chart to include specific indicators, country groups, and time periods. Over 70 education indicators on a variety of topics from enrolments and expenditures to learning outcomes are currently included in the tool.

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