Education in Emergencies: Evidence for Action (3EA) research-practice partnership

Location: Lebanon


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: 

  1. Impact: Iteratively implement and test practices to identify not only what works to improve children’s holistic learning and development (CHILD) and programme implementation quality (PIQ), but also how, for whom, and under what conditions.
  2. 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. 

Among Syrian refugee students enrolled in Lebanese public schools, access to the 3EA non-formal retention support programming, significantly improved Syrian refugee students’ Arabic reading and math skills after four months of implementation. Two randomized trials have now provided evidence that the IRC’s Learning in a Healing Classroom social-emotional learning-infused teacher training and curricular programme works across delivery modes and contexts to improve children’s academic skills in crisis contexts.

Syrian refugee children who have access to 3EA retention support programming, showed signs of recognizing and becoming more open to expressing their feelings, even their negative feelings. While Syrian refugee children struggled to attend retention support classes, the amount and quality of implementation of retention
support programming matters.