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RISE Webinar on 1 December: The Role of Bureaucracies in Successful Education Reform

Carmen Belafi
Lillie Kilburn

On Tuesday 1 December, RISE will hold a webinar on the role that bureaucracies and bureaucrats play in the implementation of reforms within education systems.

An important part of the education systems picture

We know now that in order for education reforms to be successful, they must take into account the entire education system that they are seeking to improve.

Although bureaucracies and bureaucrats may not be the first things that come to mind when we mention education systems, they play a pivotal role in connecting reform ideas and written policies with real-world action and change on the ground. It follows that understanding the internal workings of bureaucracies is important for ensuring the success of any education system reform.

What is the logic of bureaucracies, how do they ‘think’ and operate? In which ways are bureaucracies a point of reform friction, and what is their contribution to overall system (in)coherence? And how can systems create bureaucratic will and accountability? Understanding the answers to these questions can help education systems work better to produce learning for all children.

RISE's webinar: insights from research on administrative systems and their role in creating change

On Tuesday, 01 December 2020 from 14:00 to 15:30 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), RISE will hold a webinar on the role that bureaucracies and bureaucrats play in the implementation of education reforms and for overall system (in)coherence.

The event will feature panellists Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in India, and Dan Honig, Assistant Professor of International Development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. This panel will be hosted by Ritva Reinikka, Professor of Practice, Aalto University and Helsinki Graduate School of Economics, and former Chair of the RISE Delivery Board.

 

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Agenda

Yamini Aiyar, president of the Centre for Policy Research in India and researcher on the RISE India CRT, will present findings from a new three-year ethnographic study of a large-scale education reform rolled out in Delhi in 2016. She will highlight the challenges that administrative systems have in adapting to reform and change, and discuss how resistance and acceptance can come about in public administration. Dr Dan Honig, Assistant Professor of International Development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, will share insights from his research in the fields of development and public administration on how we should think about bureaucrats and how to motivate, support and capacitate them. He will also speak about how to create and measure accountability for bureaucracies in a meaningful and novel way, drawing on his research on Navigation by Judgement. Chairing the event will be Dr Ritva Reinikka, Professor of Practice at Aalto University and the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics, former chair of the RISE Delivery Board, and former director of Human Development in the Africa Region of the World Bank.

The panel discussion will be followed by an open Q&A session from the audience.

For full details, see the event page.

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