Data-Driven School Improvement – Opportunities, Challenges, and Scalable Solutions

(International Development Research Centre (IDRC) 2021-2023

Research aimed at improving the quality of education in Pakistan, especially in public sector schools, is one of SAHE’s key areas of interest. As part of our efforts in this area, SAHE is working on a  research project called Data Driven School Improvement (DSI) – Opportunities, Challenges, and Scalable Solutions. This project has been awarded to SAHE by the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC) working with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) under its Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (GPE-KIX) Programme, led by the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education (CUE).

As a joint endeavor between GPE and IDRC, the goal of KIX is to strengthen national education systems and accelerate educational progress in the Global South. This is being done by filling knowledge gaps, increasing access to evidence, and strengthening systems to the generation and uptake of evidence and innovations by GPE member countries.

Our project, DSI, has been designed to respond to the challenge of optimizing the use of Education Management Information Systems (EMIS), and it will address a key question: how can countries adapt and scale EMIS-led innovations that optimize the use of education data? The School Improvement Framework (SIF), piloted in Punjab and implemented in  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been focused on in the project as a promising school-centric innovation that aids better organization, interpretation, and integration of EMIS data.

To address the question of adapting and scaling EMIS-led innovation, SAHE is working to develop a grounded theory of scalability along with participants from three countries, Nepal, US and Laos. In the process the project will provide us with a valuable opportunity to join a global community of researchers and practitioners working to address shared policy challenges in education in diverse contexts.

Project Team Lead: Dr Amna Ansari ([email protected])