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Data use innovations for education management information systems in the Gambia, Uganda, and Togo

Education policy and planning should be underpinned by good quality and up-to-date data. Data exists in many countries, but it is not systematically collected, it does not meet international standards, and it is not well-used throughout the education system. Approaches to improving these problems exist, but they have not been scaled across countries.

This project addresses the lack of “turnkey” education management information systems in the education sector that can be used sustainably and at scale in low-income countries. It aims to strengthen the capacity of ministries of education in Uganda, Togo, and the Gambia to adapt open source health information systems to local and national education sector needs for better policy formulation, planning, and implementation. More specifically, the project seeks to leverage a proven innovation in the health sector that will effectively enhance demand for data and information use at all levels of the education system, and provide innovations that make the display and interactive use of digital data in management information systems accessible and useful to decision-makers.

This project will involve an action research approach and it will use community stakeholder mobilization, participatory development of data visualization tools for schools and communities, and test and evaluate innovations in two districts in Uganda. The project, managed by the Health Information System Program of the University of Oslo, builds on a pilot project in the Gambia and Uganda. This project will continue work in those countries, in addition to Togo.

The project was selected through a global call, initiated by the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange, to scale the impact of proven educational innovations in developing countries.

Project ID
Project Status
42 months
IDRC Officer
Hamidou Boukary
Total Funding
CA$ 2,699,700.00
Education and Science
Knowledge and Innovation Exchange Program
Institution Country
Project Leader
Kristin Braa
University of Oslo