|2015 DRF Symposium|
2015 Annual Symposium
Evidence-based education reform policy is clearly the way forward. Strong efforts by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and its development partners continue to focus on education quality, prioritising strategic initiatives and developing guidelines for the financial and material support required to systematically upgrade teaching quality and student learning. This highlights the need for policy-relevant research that both supports the information demands of decision and policymakers and draws attention to emerging challenges and opportunities as education reform evolves. However, the interface between research and policy making capacities is highly complex. Policymakers often regard research findings as untimely or only partly relevant, lacking in quality, impenetrable, ambiguous and contradictory. Bridging this gap requires investment in building the capacities of researchers to translate and communicate their findings and the abilities of policymakers to put research evidence to work. In response, the 2015 Development Research Forum Symposium will focus on research priority setting and policy influencing for an effective contribution to education policy and reform.
To build a research community that creates, shares and mobilises
knowledge that is relevant to emerging development issues in
The 2015 Symposium, as in past years, will be in two parts. The first half day will involve a plenary session with opening remarks by the Chair of the DRF Steering Committee and senior representatives of CDRI and IDRC. An invitation will be extended to the Minister for Education, Youth and Sport, to deliver the keynote address and field questions from the audience. This will be followed by a moderated panel discussion on the Symposium theme with panellists from government, the private sector, education providers, development partners and the research community in Cambodia and the region.
The second half day will include a discussion on the next phase of DRF with key development partners and participants. Discussion will focus on research priorities, themes and research capacities that need to be addressed to support the demand for evidence in Cambodia’s development policy making.
The remaining two half days will again involve parallel moderated presentations by both established and emerging researchers coordinated by each RIG on sector-specific research issues in the context of the broad Symposium theme. Importantly, these sessions provide graduate students with opportunities to present their research findings, helping to build their research capacity and ultimately contribute to future Cambodia’s development.
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