About RISE

The Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Programme is a global research endeavour that seeks to understand how education systems in developing countries can overcome the learning crisis.

RISE is producing new, rigorous scholarship that bridges research and policy and catalyses education reform to improve learning outcomes for all. The Programme aims to spur a paradigm shift in the way the world thinks about how to overcome the learning crisis by demonstrating the importance of education systems coherence and alignment to learning. RISE aims to provide local, national and global actors with an analytical framework that will enable them to understand education systems; identify incoherences; undertake systemic, prioritised reform; and deliver learning for all.

Learn more about RISE's systems approach

RISE Teams

RISE is a global, collaborative enterprise with teams drawn from many different organisations, sectors, and regions:

  • Country Research Teams (CRTs): Led by world-renowned Principal Investigators, the Country Research Teams generate original scholarship on education systems in the seven RISE countries, which are:
  • Political Economy Teams (PETs): The Political Economy Teams analyse local institutions and politics within education systems and how these bear on the adoption and implementation of education reform.
  • Intellectual Leadership Team (ILT): A multi-disciplinary team of world-renowned scholars and practitioners with expertise in various aspects of education systems, development, measurement, and analysis, the ILT provides thought leadership, research advice, and scholarly assessment of RISE research and activities. The ILT produces working papers and provides insight into the field of education systems research.
  • RISE Fellows: A group of invited, non-resident, academic researchers, the RISE Fellows augment RISE's research by working on RISE themes with additional country focus or methods.
  • Directorate: The RISE Directorate leads, manages and implements the research programme via a partnership between Oxford Policy Management and the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. This team is also responsible for synthesising the ideas and research of the CRTs and ILT into policy recommendations and output for global audiences.


RISE is supported by £36.8m in funding from the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), A$9.85m from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and US$1.7m from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

All outputs from the research are considered as global public goods, accessible through this website and in accordance with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Open Access Policy.

RISE Data Repository

All RISE outputs are stored on the University of Oxford's Figshare site, including datasets and Edsyclopedia.