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The Use of Technology for Large-scale Education Planning and Decision-making

The Use of Technology for Large-scale Education Planning and Decision-making In 2007, Nigeria made history by launching the Conditional Grants Scheme (CGS), one of the world's largest poverty elimination campaigns aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. As part of CGS, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the MDGs (OSSAP-MDGs) collaborated with The Earth Institute, Columbia University to develop the Nigeria MDG Information System (NMIS), a web-based platform designed to support data-driven decision-making, local-level planning, and budgeting by Local Government Areas. This paper discusses the evolution of NMIS as a data repository and describes its uses. NMIS maps and visually displays school-related data that can be used for education planning. NMIS illustrates the integration of educational and technological innovations and demonstrates ways in which challenges related to Education Management Information Systems can be overcome. NMIS could serve as a good example for other developing countries that seek to create large databases for public planning. This paper shares lessons learned in terms of the content, design, and potential uses of such information systems for local-level education planning. This paper concludes by highlighting that a data system alone is not sufficient to ensure effective analysis and use of data and multiple rounds of end-user training and case studies must accompany the system. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Technology for Development Taylor & Francis

The Use of Technology for Large-scale Education Planning and Decision-making

The Use of Technology for Large-scale Education Planning and Decision-making

Abstract

In 2007, Nigeria made history by launching the Conditional Grants Scheme (CGS), one of the world's largest poverty elimination campaigns aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. As part of CGS, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the MDGs (OSSAP-MDGs) collaborated with The Earth Institute, Columbia University to develop the Nigeria MDG Information System (NMIS), a web-based platform designed to support data-driven...
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2014 Commonwealth Secretariat
ISSN
1554-0170
eISSN
0268-1102
DOI
10.1080/02681102.2014.940267
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Abstract

In 2007, Nigeria made history by launching the Conditional Grants Scheme (CGS), one of the world's largest poverty elimination campaigns aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. As part of CGS, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the MDGs (OSSAP-MDGs) collaborated with The Earth Institute, Columbia University to develop the Nigeria MDG Information System (NMIS), a web-based platform designed to support data-driven decision-making, local-level planning, and budgeting by Local Government Areas. This paper discusses the evolution of NMIS as a data repository and describes its uses. NMIS maps and visually displays school-related data that can be used for education planning. NMIS illustrates the integration of educational and technological innovations and demonstrates ways in which challenges related to Education Management Information Systems can be overcome. NMIS could serve as a good example for other developing countries that seek to create large databases for public planning. This paper shares lessons learned in terms of the content, design, and potential uses of such information systems for local-level education planning. This paper concludes by highlighting that a data system alone is not sufficient to ensure effective analysis and use of data and multiple rounds of end-user training and case studies must accompany the system.

Journal

Information Technology for DevelopmentTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 2, 2016

Keywords: education planning; Education Management Information Systems; data systems; mobile data collection; Nigeria

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