RISE Annual Conference 2016 conference report

Diwakar Kishore
Lee Crawfurd
Clare Leaver
Daniela Scur

The RISE Annual Conference took place 16-17 June 2016 at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. The aim of the conference was to bring together high profile academics and policy makers to discuss the emerging RISE research agenda. Over 108 academics, researchers, government officials, NGO representatives and businesses came together to participate in eight sessions during the two-day event.

The first day of the conference saw a series of research presentations during morning and afternoon sessions, including presentations by two of the recently appointed Country Research Teams (CRT) and an invited panel session. In the morning, recent research on how the knowledge and performance of teachers can be improved was presented. This was followed by CRT Vietnam and CRT Tanzania showcasing their upcoming research. The afternoon found the attendees gaining insight into the politics of change surrounding education reform and how education systems form around such changes, followed by the invited panel discussion revolving around the education SDGs. Following this, everyone was invited into the venue forum to browse posters relating to the RISE conference themes.

The second day of the conference switched the focus to governance and methods with the morning session looking at whether government initiatives were working to improve education systems. The second group of CRT presenters from Pakistan and India walked everyone through their proposed research and the conference ended with the methods session in which methods at the forefront of education research, in terms of measurement and estimation, were demonstrated.

This report provides a summary of the conference proceedings. Papers and presentations can be accessed by clicking on the presentation title within the document