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Tool 4.2: Checklist

ECE Implementation Feasibility and Capacity Appraisal for the ESP

© GPE/Carolina Valenzuela


As you finalize the ECE components of the Education Sector Plan (ESP), ensuring coherence and consistency within ECE and between ECE specifics and the overall ESP will be essential. Using this tool will help ensure that everything fits well together and seems feasible to implement.

This tool builds on the guiding questions in MOOC Module 5 (Page 23) and the IIEP-UNESCO Guidelines for Education Sector Plan Appraisal to provide ECE-specific checklists to support the ECE TWG:

  • to review and validate the ECE components
  • and to check for alignment, coherence, consistency and feasibility.


These tasks are essential elements of an iterative, yet responsive planning process.

The checklists will help you to ensure and validate:

  1. Alignment of ESA evidence with ECE priorities and strategies and overall sector-wide priorities.
  2. Consistency, coherence and feasibility of ECE components across the ESP, ESP Results Framework, and operational plan.


As part of this feasibility check, it is important to assess the capacity of the education system across all levels (from national to local). Does that system –including the ECE subsector--have the capacity to implement the ECE strategies and activities and to deliver on the ECE objectives and targets? This type of “rapid” ESP ECE implementation capacity assessment exercise can help determine whether ECE objectives and ambitions need to be revised, and whether the ESP should include additional capacity development strategies to address key implementation capacity needs.


Using this tool will enable ECE Technical Working Group (TWG) stakeholders to:

When to Use this Tool

Using this tool will help the ECE TWG ensure that there is adequate alignment across the ECE and sector-wide analysis and planning phases.

This tool may be used during two intervals:

  • During the ESP development process (Toolkit Section 3): Using the checklist during this interval will ensure that ECE policy priorities and strategies are based on challenges and evidence from the ESA and reflect a sector-wide perspective to achieving education sector priorities.
  • During the ESP operational planning process (Toolkit Section 4): At this stage, the check will ensure that ECE strategies, activities, indicators and targets are coherent and consistent across the ESP and the operational plan. The check also considers feasibility and implementation capacity factors.

This tool may also be used by individual institutions or country clusters/LEGs that manage and/or directly provide ECE services in countries affected by emergencies to ensure alignment between policies, what is articulated in proposals or implementation plans and/or ECE components of transitional education sector plans.

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