What places the Queen Rania Foundation at the forefront of education reform is its foregrounding of credible research using robust and appropriate methods and use of big data and analytics to inform our decision making. We know that evidence is crucial to the educational revolutions we are creating and prioritising evidence has enabled QRF to achieve key milestones including:
- More than 2000 students have taken part in programs aimed at improving their performance and advancing their reading and numeracy skills. The findings of an in-depth evaluation of the real impact on students' achievement and proposals were later submitted to Jordan’s decision-makers.
- We submitted more than ten evidence-based recommendations improving the efficiency and effectiveness of decision-making at organisational and national levels.
- We used big data to assess the reality of education in Jordan to develop a comprehensive understanding of the most important problems and challenges the country faces as it supports the needs of not just its own population, but of the wider refugee and displaced populations Jordan has committed to assist.
- Provided recommendations, using QRF feasibility studies, on integrating and improving technology in the education system, for both Jordan and the wider Arab world, and focused on the demands of students, parents and other key users.
- At the request of the Prime Minister, we provided technical support in the development of the educational-focused National Strategy for Human Resources (2016-2025).
- We worked with the Ministry of Education to promote its ability to utilise evidence and technology to support decision-making.
- We provided advice and services to organizations interested in adopting impact assessment policies as a methodology for their pro-bono work in Jordan.
Further impact explorative work is looking at the following, exciting areas:
- We are currently assessing the impact of games-based apps to improve the home-learning environment for children and the confidence and engagement levels of their parents.
- We are exploring the potential and challenges of using virtual classrooms to stimulate children’s learning in mathematics.
- We are working to understand teacher-led comparative advantages in educational environments in deprived areas.
We are the only Arab institution registered with the International Initiative for Impact Assessment (3ie), which supports our work to make the educational challenges facing Jordan and the Arab world a focus of attention at the international level.