Governing Education in a Complex World

Apr 21, 2016 11:00:00 AM Jessica Beidelman International Events

Governing Education in a Complex World, a new publication by the OECD, addresses challenges involved in governing modern education systems, looking specifically at complexity, accountability, capacity building and strategic thinking.

The publication provides a "state of the art analysis and a fresh perspective on some of the most challenging issues facing educational systems today." Our summary of the article is produced below:

Governance in complex systems: Effective modern governance requires coordinated system-wide change involving a broad set of actors.

Accountability and stakeholder involvement in complex systems: A constructive accountability system that balances the monitoring and pressure required to ensure efficient system functioning with support for improvement is crucial.

Capacity building and the use of knowledge: Local capacity building must be aligned with system vision and include a greater role of practitioners in knowledge production.

Innovative and strategic governance (the role of policy experimentation and risktaking): Taking risks and learning from failure is essential for innovation and the evolution of education systems. Controlled experimentation is one way forward.

The way forward: lessons learnt, and one essential ingredient: Legitimate trust is a cornerstone of effective and efficient governance. 

Learn more about our collaborative work with the OECD's Director for Education and Skills, Andreas Schleicher.