A virtual workshop on Research Dissemination [for] Improving Learning: Developing Measures of Accountability and Evaluating their Association with Students’ Gains in Achievement in Nepal was held on September 2, 2021 (Bhadra 17, 2078) via Zoom. The goals of the dissemination workshop were twofold: 1) to share research findings and experiences from the study to foster intellectual debate and interactions among key stakeholders and potential consumers of the empirical evidence generated from this project, and 2) to enhance the scientific and analytical capacity of Nepali students, faculty, and scientists and promote future research collaboration to address policy issues related to educational achievement in Nepal.
In total, 64 individuals attended the dissemination workshop. Individuals involved in social science, educational research and extension, policy formulation, and program implementation representing government and non-governmental development and research organizations participated in the workshop.
Presenters during the technical session included: Dr. Dirgha Ghimire, Executive Director, ISER-N, Fulbari, Chitwan and Research Professor, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan, U.S.A.; Dr. Brian Rowan, Professor Emeritus of Education, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Research Professor Emeritus (Institute for Social Research), University of Michigan; Dr. Uttam Sharma, Senior Research Scientist, ISER-N, Fulbari, Chitwan; Mr. Rama Kanta Sapkota, former Advisor, Ministry of Education, Policy Advisor, Bharatpur Metropolitan City Education Committee.
The technical session was followed by a discussion session, in which participants engaged in a dialogue, asked questions, and provided feedback. Queries during this session were answered by Dr. Ghimire, Principal Investigator of the project, and Dr. Rowan, Co-Investigator.
The workshop came to a close after presentations from two stakeholders: Dr. Lekha Nath Poudel, former Director-General, Education Review Office, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; and Mr. Devi Ram Acharya, Section Officer, Education Review Office, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.