Managing the UNESCO/IIEP site Plan4Learning

posted May 27, 2015, 6:33 AM by Catherine A. Honeyman
Ishya Consulting has been engaged by the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) as Content Development Manager of the new web portal Plan4Learning. Plan4Learning is designed to help education planners and policy-makers plan for quality education and improved learning outcomes.

As Content Development Manager, Ishya is following recent research and news in order to identify the most important topics and tools to include on the site, as well as coordinating researchers and authors who are writing custom content. Have a suggestion for the site? Submit your ideas to this address.

Following is an excerpt from the Plan4Learning portal:

Why focus on learning?

Increased attention is being given to learning. Over 150 countries in the world already measure learning, using national or international instruments.  On the international level, more and more governments, NGOs, and international organizations prioritize learning.  However a growing body of evidence is showing the low learning achievement of many primary school children while the limited learning data at secondary level continues to be a concern. IIEP is witnessing a growing demand from governments to include improved learning in the planning of their education systems. Plan4Learning is IIEP’s response to this increased demand.


Plan4Learning is a single window to comprehensive, up-to-date, relevant, and neutral information on learning issues, from primary through secondary education.


For more than half a century, IIEP has been a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education policy, planning and management to improve quality, equity and efficiency. In addition to the resources collected in the repository, IIEP analyses the constraints which affect educational policies designed to improve learning outcomes. This is an area that continues to both perplex and challenge policy makers and researchers. It is even more important now as governments are faced with slower growth and tighter budgets. Careful research and evaluation have a crucial role to play in exploring the evidence base, and increasing the effectiveness of policymaking. Our team will be working hard to provide solutions for policymakers.


What can you find on the portal?

- Evidence on learning issues
- Analyses and syntheses of relevant information in a balanced, reliable and easy to use way
- Debates on controversial issues, fostering dialogue and critical thinking
- Online tools to aid understanding