The Forum, from 24 to 26 January 2018, was based on the findings of a major IIEP-UNESCO study on open school data. National policy-makers from 15 countries and civil society representatives joined the researchers for a series of discussions on how to better use school-level data and to share information on current initiatives in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
“The Department of Education (DepEd) of the Philippines is a very strong advocate of freedom of information, and is active in promoting transparency and accountability. This Policy Forum is a great venue to craft strategies and efforts that will help advance the quality of education, with inputs coming from a strategic mix of people who are devoted to education and really know what they are talking about,”
said Department of Education Secretary H.E Leonor Briones
“Corruption is a major barrier to quality education for millions of children and youth worldwide. While open education data has the ability to be a real game changer, we cannot stop at disclosure. Policies and capacity development initiatives must also exist to help close the gap between information and how it is actually used to improve the quality and service delivery of education,”
said Suzanne Grant Lewis, IIEP Director.
"Open school data should not be considered only as a technical issue but rather as a political issue, which can help modify power imbalances within education systems and can strengthen routes towards more accountability in the sector,”
said Muriel Poisson, IIEP’s task manager on ethics and corruption in education.
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Recommendations to promote transparency and accountability
- Create legal provisions for the disclosure of school data;
- Formulate a clear theory of change that makes the link between data and accountability;
- Consider power imbalances and cultural constraints when designing an open school data policy;
- Select data that are critical to monitoring financial, management, or pedagogical accountability;
- Prioritize data that are relevant for both students and parents to encourage them to take part in school accountability efforts;.
- Design mechanisms enabling “fair comparisons” between schools;.
- Simplify the presentation of data while maintaining their technical accuracy;.
- Create a range of avenues (both online and offline) for citizens to access data;.
- Train school management committees, teachers, parents and selected community groups on how data can be used to demand accountability;.
- Introduce a legal grievance redressal mechanism for parents and communities.
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