Updated OOSCI Operational Manual

The fully updated cornerstone publication of the Global Out-of-School Children Initiative provides a how-to guide for conducting an OOSCI study and improving educational access and inclusion for all children

Children at the playground of their school in Niamey, the capital of Niger


The Global Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI) Operational Manual is both a how-to guide for teams conducting an OOSCI study, and a resource guide for the broader education community concerned with equity and inclusion.

For teams conducting an OOSCI study, it presents an innovative and systematic approach to determine the best policies and strategies to reduce exclusion in education. It provides guidance on the analysis of multiple data sources to calculate the number and profiles of children, adolescents and youth out of school and at risk of dropping out. The Manual also provides methodology to identify the supply, demand, quality and governance barriers these children face in accessing and completing their education.

For the broader education community, the Manual can be used as a toolkit, with a wide range of valuable analysis approaches, practical tools and resources relating to: education data, specific profiles of out-of-school children, barriers to education, as well as policies and responses. The Manual provides valuable guidance for policy-makers, researchers or other education stakeholders who are developing documents, policies or advocacy related to out-of-school children and children at risk of dropping out.

The Operational Manual was revised in 2023 to reflect recent advances in statistical methodology and policy analysis, as well as to address global agreements and issues (ex. SDG4, COVID). The 2023 Manual also reflects the findings of the 2018 Formative Evaluation, partner stakeholder consultations and a review of previous OOSCI studies.

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