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Though there is a continued long-term trend toward increased budgets for education in the region, meeting the combined demands of increased access, assuring relevance, and improving quality in the face of finite resources is complex. A common challenge we see in the reform process is the lack of performance monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure alignment of the education and training system with national development strategies and visions. The result is a missing link between national visions, economic development strategies, institutional priority setting and budget allocation for the education system.
To contribute towards the adoption of good practice, we explore the case of Qatar as an example. We developed a performance management framework for K-12 education system reform that aligns ministry and sector strategies with the development goals established by the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-2016 and the Qatar National Vision 2030. By defining specific policy areas for education reform, a performance management framework was devised to track delivery upon goals set out in the National Development Strategy at two levels to ensure that empirically supported socio-cultural and economic benefits attributable to education and training are achieved: Policy and process-based key performance indicators measure system performance relative to the achievement of the overarching policy aims of quality, equity, and portability; Output KPIs measure the effectiveness of the education and training system in terms of achieving academic, social, and economic outcomes which are precursors to the future development of Qatar.