USAID Higher Education Learning Agenda
The Agency-wide Higher Education Learning Agenda was developed collaboratively with over 100 individuals from USAID Missions, USAID Washington, implementing partners, and other stakeholders, with support from the Data and Evidence in Education Project (DEEP). These contributors supported learning agenda development and catalyzed a collective movement towards advancing the higher education evidence base.
Questions in this learning agenda are diverse and require different approaches:
- Evidence Generation: Minimal evidence exists for these questions, which require generation of new evidence.
- Evidence Capture: Evidence exists for these questions, but it is dispersed and requires capture and analysis to transform it into usable information.
- Evidence Dissemination: Evidence exists in a usable form, but it is relatively unknown and requires targeted dissemination and socialization.
This review is an assessment of the evidence available for the ten Higher Education Learning Agenda questions selected by DEEP, USAID, implementing partners, and other key stakeholders during a consultative question development process that began in 2019 and culminated in 2020. The aim of this review is to determine the most appropriate next steps based on analysis of the available evidence for each question.
Evidence Gap Map
The DEEP team ranked the learning questions by evidence gap based on two criteria: the volume and maturity of the body of evidence. The volume of the body of evidence was measured by the number of published empirical studies, while the maturity of the body of evidence was measured by the number of published literature reviews on the topic.