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Global Education and Monitoring Centre Mid-Term Evaluation Report (Phase 3) and DFAT Management Response

The Global Education Monitoring Centre (GEM Centre) is a research hub established in 2013 and housed within the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER). The aim is to improve learning by ensuring that education policy, practice and investment are influenced by high-quality evidence and provides support to local, regional and global organisations, and governments.

In 2014, ACER and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) entered a long-term strategic partnership through the GEM Centre. This is based on the mutual priorities articulated in ACER’s mission to improve learning and DFAT’s Education Strategy and education policy. The GEM Centre Pathways to Impact Strategic Framework (2020) captures the GEM Centre’s overall objective to improve learning by ensuring that education policies, practices and investments are influenced by high-quality evidence.

A second Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE) for Phase 3 (4 November 2020- 3 November 2023)1 was commissioned to assess progress against recommendations resulting from the previous phase and to help inform the future of the GEM Centre. Evaluation questions were agreed with GEM Centre Board members and reflect the Organisation for Economic and Development Cooperation (OECD) Development Assistance Committee criteria. The evaluation was undertaken in the period July 2022 to February 2023.

The MTE made five recommendations based on the evaluation findings. The evaluation report and management response to the recommendations inform the next phase of the program. 

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1 In addition to Phase 3, the review also considered previous inputs due to the long-term, cumulative nature of the work being done by GEM Centre.

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