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Monitoring (Assessment), Educational assessment, Developing countries, International programs, Program evaluation, Partnerships in education, Systems development, Large scale assessment, Educational development, Learning progressions, Measurement


In 2014, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) established a partnership under the Global Education Monitoring Centre. Since then, there have been two funding periods: Phase 1 from 2014–2017 and Phase 2 from 2017–2020. Phase 3 will cover 2020–2023. This report documents the completion of Phase 2 funding and describes the shared priorities of DFAT and ACER through the GEM Centre, followed by the objectives and key outcomes of the work program during this period. The outcomes and lessons learned, together with findings from the GEM Centre mid-term review (MTR) in 2019, are reflected against the impact and sustainability of the ACER–DFAT partnership. The MTR validated the overall success of the GEM Centre and identified areas for further development, specifically to improve the effectiveness of the partnership. This report concludes with a brief outlook on how these developments will be addressed under Phase 3 of the GEM Centre.

Place of Publication

Camberwell, Australia


Australian Council for Educational Research