Erica Murphy has been engaged with the Monitoring Working Group in her capacity when working with the Right to Education Index and was part of the steering committee. During her time in RTEI, she was responsible for survey design, benchmarking, index construction and composite scoring, the peer review process, data extraction, data analysis, and data visualization. She also provided technical support to research partners to collect and analyze data and produce research and advocacy outputs.
Erica Murphy authored, edited, and contributed to various research, policy, and advocacy documents, including: policy papers, advocacy briefs, legal factsheets, Human Rights Council reports and resolutions, UN special procedures reports, and parallel reports to UN bodies. She led and implemented RTE’s human rights monitoring priorities. She was responsible for project managing the development and publication of the Right to Education Monitoring Guide, which simplifies the monitoring process so that anyone can expertly monitor the right to education using indicators. She also developed the accompanying Right to Education Indicator Selection Tool, a unique, interactive, and user-friendly online tool for selecting relevant human rights indicators, from a bank of over 150 indicators, to monitor just about every aspect of the right to education. Murphy also led a comprehensive review of RTE’s bank of human rights indicators and developed new indicators and research guides on key thematic areas.
Currently Erica Murphy is working as a Gender and Education Technical Adviser for World Vision UK on the Adolescent Mothers’ Education Initiative, an advocacy project that aims to ensure that pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are able to continue their education without restrictions. The project operates in Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Zimbabwe – countries with high rates of teenage pregnancy, child marriage, and gender-based violence and where universal free education has yet to be realised. The project model is based on two approaches: social accountability and policy advocacy. Their social accountability approach is based on the principle that communities themselves should monitor and advocate for the changes they want to see. The policy advocacy element then aims to amplify community voices by taking community-generated evidence and using it to influence changes in the legal and policy environment.