This report is purposed to share learnings and findings from conducting Gender, Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) responsive research under a KIX-supported regional grant project: Data-driven School Improvement (DSI) – Challenges, Opportunities and Scalable Solutions (2021-23). A joint endeavor of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), KIX aims to strengthen national education systems and accelerate educational progress in the Global South by filling knowledge gaps, increasing access to evidence, and strengthening systems to support the generation and uptake of evidence and innovations in low- and middle- income countries1. KIX recognizes education as both a basic human right and a key driver in reducing poverty and achieving gender equality and quality education for all. Therefore, GESI is a cross-cutting theme in KIX-sponsored projects and activities and has been prioritized in at least a fifth of the overall KIX portfolio2. It similarly assumes importance in the aims and objectives of the regional KIX-supported DSI research for development (R4D) project, as outlined in the following section(s).