Deep Dives

The Deep Dives strand of ICSEI’s Crisis Response in Education Network (CREN) seeks to generate knowledge about innovative responses put forward by practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders in relation to crises in education, or in response to larger policy decisions linked with crisis situations. The analysis of cases in this strand is concerned with several stages, ranging from the initial assessment of problem or situation and identification of strategies or interventions, to the monitoring and evaluation of these in relation to the initially identified problem. 

The strategies and interventions developed in direct response to crises, or in the context of larger policy decisions linked with crises, can address several issues (curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment and evaluation, psychological and social support, infrastructure, etc.) at different levels of the system (national or regional, local or district, community, school and classroom). 

Protocol for developing case studies

From an iterative and adaptive learning approach, this strand is concerned not only with documenting interesting cases, but also with how they evolve and are adjusted according to the changing context in order to mitigate unexpected or unwanted consequences and risks to those involved. From this perspective, the case studies should address some key principles: 

–          understanding local contexts by leveraging deep roots within communities.

–          being flexible by experimenting with different approaches and embracing change.

–          learn systematically by sharing knowledge and fostering peer-to-peer learning. 

To assist researchers and practitioners in the process of producing these case studies, CREN offers the following suggestions. 

1.      Identify experiences that: 

–          Focus on solving known problems arising from crises.

–          Develop an innovative or ‘outside the box’ approach to produce novel solutions.

–          Seek positive impact for vulnerable groups putting equity front and center.

2.      Document experiences by:

–          Developing partnerships with stakeholders to engage multiple actors.

–          Implementing a flexible and adaptive research process with high ethical standards

–          Keeping track of processes and outcomes to support innovators and build resilience.

3.      Learn from experiences to:

–          Prompt action at the local community level to cope and prepare for the future.

–          Inform policymaking to support scaling up to seize opportunities for change.

–          Generate knowledge to inform system transformation across borders.

Please contact Álvaro González if you want to get involved: [email protected].