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Education in Emergencies: Evidence for Action (3EA)

The Context

With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), global leaders acknowledged that the education SDG will never be achieved without renewed commitment to education in crisis settings. The momentum to increase funding for education is promising and urgently needed. But without a more robust evidence base for Education in Emergencies (EiE), funders, implementers and policy-makers will lack the knowledge required to make sound decisions about the most effective programs in which to invest scarce time and resources. Without evidence, decisions will continue to be based on intuition, and most importantly, children in crisis contexts will continue to be denied the opportunity to receive a quality, safe education that we know offers them the chance to build the social-emotional and academic skills they need to survive and thrive.

The Project

In February 2016, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Global TIES for Children at New York University launched the Education in Emergencies: Evidence for Action (3EA) research-practice partnership. 3EA encompasses two programmes of work: 


Iteratively implement and test practices to identify not only what works to improve CHILD and PIQ, but also how, for whom, and under what conditions.

Working in three countries affected by conflict or crisis – Lebanon, Niger, and Sierra Leone – the 3EA initiative is implementing a set of contextually appropriate, low-intensity interventions targeted at improving children’s stress, executive functioning, and basic literacy skills in emergency contexts.

For more information:

  • Download the latest Impact Research (RCTs) Policy Briefs:
    • Improving Outcomes for Crisis-Affected Children: Lessons from Social-Emotional Learning Tutoring Programs in Niger and Lebanon
  • Download the latest Implementation Research Policy Brief:
  • Download the latest Global Policy Brief:

Measurement and Metrics: 

Design, adapt, test, and build capacity to embed high-quality CHILD and PIQ measurement tools and methods in field M&E systems as well as in impact evaluations.

The goal of the 3EA Measurement and Metrics Initiative is to accelerate stakeholders’ ability to generate actionable evidence in EiE settings by designing, adapting, testing, and building capacity to use high-quality children’s holistic learning and development (CHILD) and programme implementation quality (PIQ) measurement tools and methods. We will do so by conducting a scoping study of the field and ultimately convening a consortium of research-practice partnerships, first in the Middle East/North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region.

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Our Approach

We are working closely with the International Rescue Committee to develop the interventions being tested in this study. In addition, we are collaborating with local ministry officials to ensure that the interventions are culturally-appropriate and feasible within the local context. 


WEBINAR: E-Cubed Research Fund (July 2020)

Webinar discussing strengthening the evidence base for education in emergencies: Emerging outputs from the E-Cubed Research Fund.

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vCIES 2020 Panel Presentation (April 2020)

vCIES 2020 Panel Presentation: Generating High-Quality Social and Emotional Skills Data at Scale: A Case Study of Rigor, Responsiveness, and Responsibility in Lebanon

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WEBINAR: Beyond Academics (February 2020)

In this one-hour webinar presenters from the International Rescue Committee, NYU Global TIES for Children and Queen Mary University provided an overview of the measures they developed and tested in crisis-affected contexts that are now available on the Library website.

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WEBINAR: MENAT Measurement Library (November 2019)

This webinar highlighted the first measures available in the MENAT Measurement Library. Each of these measures were tested in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT) region.

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Project Team

J. Lawrence Aber

Willner Family Professor of Psychology and Public Policy and University Professor

Ha Yeon Kim

Senior Research Scientist, PELE

Lindsay Brown

Senior Research Scientist, PELE

Roxane Caires

Project Managing Director, PELE

Douha Boulares

Budget and Communication Associate, PELE

Patrick Anker

Senior Data Associate, PELE

Celine Ammash

Research Associate, PELE

Karolina Lajch

Communications Assistant, PELE