A New Idea Production Center: Education Reform Initiative

ERG, is an independent and not-for-profit think-and-do-tank that contributes to systemic transformation in education for development of the child and society through sound evidence, constructive dialogue and innovative/critical thinking. Evidence-based decision-making processes in education concerning stakeholder
engagement and ensuring the access of all children to quality education are the key elements of systemic transformation.

ERG, established in 2003, is a good example for the Turkish civil society, since it is an initiative supported by leading foundations in Turkey. ERG carries out its’ research and education activities through ERG Education Observatory
unit and Education Laboratory.

Education Observatory is a qualified open data source to improve education system in Turkey and to make decision making processes based on data. It shares constructive opinion and offers suggestions to improve education policies in Turkey. By keeping track of recent developments in education, Education Observatory publishes its annual “Education Monitoring Reports” since 2008. In addition to this, ERG monitors and reports on a wide range of educational issues in Turkey such as, but not limited to, the education of Syrian students, inclusive education practices, education of students with special needs, teacher policies, content of education, religion and education etc. It also generates policy recommendations and publishes policy notes with the aim of improving progress and outcomes of education policies and moulding public opinion.

Education Laboratory creates shared wisdom on education by bringing professionals, institutions and organizations from various fields of expertise together. It believes in creativity for innovative solutions that would make a difference in education by bringing ERG’s background and network in education together. It organizes the Good Practices in Education Conference where educators, people and institutions that are willing to create a difference in education come together and share good examples and materials, interact and learn from each other. It also creates an opportunity of “encounter” for teachers to initiate collective projects and have a pleasant time. It has also organized Turkey’s first teacher festival Festival for Teachers.

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