Knowledge, Evidence & Research

The Knowledge, Evidence & Research (KER) component of the Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) programme aims to generate knowledge about best practices in education, both nationally and internationally, in programmatic causality, and in impact. The KER seeks to develop an evidence base for the project interventions, linking inputs to outcomes and impacts, as well as a broader information hub focused on girls’ education. To inform the programme activities, research for the overall programme will take place in three phases: baseline (2014), mid-term (2015-16), and end-term (2017- 18). The research completed under Output 1, which focuses specifically on the role and impact of social and behaviour change communications seeks to compliment the wider KER work.


Why knowledge, evidence & research of what works for girls’ education in South Sudan?

GESS strives to eliminate barriers to girls’ education and promote gender equality throughout the education system. In order to do that, we need to study and understand more about the issues that prevent girls from going to school, staying in school and learning while at school. Our ongoing research will help to determine what works or doesn't work in favour of girls’ education in South Sudan.


What does Knowledge, Evidence & Research seek to do?

The KER component of GESS seeks to:

  • Develop national and state capacity for research and use of evidence
  • Develop knowledge about the impact of project interventions
  • Develop broader information about what works in girls’ education
  • Incorporate process monitoring into learning about successes and failures in design and implementation, protect against doing harm and monitor value for money
  • Inform policy-making, such as budget priorities and targeted support.

How is KER being managed?

The KER component is led by a sub-committee of the GESS Technical Committee. The sub-committee is responsible for taking key decisions on the research work and approving final research instruments and products.

KER data will be obtained through a variety of sources, including both qualitative and quantitative surveys, such as drill-down studies in schools and communities, and in-depth interviews with officials at all levels.


Where will KER take place?

Research is being conducted in all ten former states of South Sudan.


When will KER take place?

Research will take place in three tranches: Baseline (2013-14), Midline (2015-16) and Endline (2017-18).


For further information about GESS research work, email: info@gess-southsudan.org