EdTech Hub Research Portfolio

Launched in March 2022, the EdTech Hub research portfolio represents the largest public-private investment in primary research around EdTech evidence in low- and middle-income countries to date. The nearly GBP 5.5-million-portfolio was commissioned to fill the evidence gap decision-makers grapple with when choosing EdTech implementations to support children, teachers, and school communities. 

A call for expressions of interest was issued in Summer 2021 and 104 proposals were received. EdTech Hub, with external review provided by experts in the field, selected four externally led studies for the current portfolio, with nine additional studies led by EdTech Hub. Additionally, more than GBP 1 million in on-the-ground ‘sandbox’ trials in-county will complement select research studies, offering real-time evidence and feedback.

The research portfolio is designed to address some of the most pressing topics in EdTech today including data for decisions, digital personalised learning, girls’ education and technology, participation and messaging, and teacher continuous professional development. Using EdTech Hub’s local reach capabilities, the studies will focus on Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania.  

The studies and sandboxes are being conducted by and in partnership with nearly 20 institutions, including universities, non-profits and foundations, private enterprises, and governments. The work will be conducted over the next two to three years, during which time interim findings, research methodologies, trending topics, and more will be shared and discussed publicly via EdTech Hub channels. 

Research portfolio at a glance

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  • The Impact of GIS-Supported Teacher Allocation in Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone)
     *Indicates a study that spans multiple topic areas
  • Designing for Scale — Understanding design principles and learning process for a personalised learning platform in Kenya (Kenya)

  • Digital Personalised Learning to Improve Numeracy Outcomes in Kenyan Primary School Classrooms (Kenya)

  • Low-Tech Personalised Learning to Improve Girls’ Education in Kenya* (Kenya)

* Indicates a study that spans multiple topic areas

  • Cost-Effective Technology Approaches to Improve Education Outcomes for Girls — Learning from 41 Girls’ Education Challenge projects (Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Tanzania)
  • Low-Tech Personalised Learning to Improve Girls’ Education in Kenya* (Kenya)
  • Optimising Messaging to Promote Returns to School in Ghana for Marginalised Learners* (Ghana)
  • Understanding the Impact of Edutainment on Gender Norms, Socio-Emotional and Learning Outcomes for Girls (Kenya)

* Indicates a study that spans multiple topic areas.

  • Optimising Messaging to Promote Returns to School in Ghana for Marginalised Learners (Ghana)
  • Raising Readers — Using technology to improve parent and caregiver engagement in literacy learning in Kenya (Kenya)

* Indicates a study that spans multiple topic areas.

  • 3Mpower — Mobile learning for empowerment of marginalised mathematics educators (Bangladesh)
  • The Impact of a Tech-Supported, School-Based TCPD Model on Learning Outcomes in Tanzania (Tanzania)

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