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EPDC provides policy-relevant analysis derived from education data and indicators. Leveraging its access to a wealth of international education data sources, EPDC applies its expertise in data collection and statistical analysis towards existing and emerging issues in education policy and practice. Among other issues, EPDC research has focused on access to education for disadvantaged groups, enrollment and attendance trends, and factors affecting student achievement. The analysis is presented in reports, policy briefs, and technical papers. EPDC research varies in focus, in some cases spanning dozens of countries, and in others, taking an in-depth look at a given education system.
Education is a critical ingredient for spurring economic growth, improving health, and strengthening democracy. FHI 360 improves access to quality education for all through collaborative, long-term partnerships with governments, civil society, schools and communities. Our work promotes sustainable improvement and increased capacity at all levels, from policy formulation to classroom instruction. Other FHI 360 research includes that produced under the USAID-funded EQUIP2 Leader Award ($9.5 million, 2003–2012), a project that worked in countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America to provide research and technical support to USAID and ministries of education to formulate and implement education policy; improve educational systems and build organizational capacity; strengthen management skills in the education sector; and improve data collection and use in education policy and planning.