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Improving data collection for school management in South Sudan

Context analysing

The Education for Life team has analysed the context of the problem and mapped out important bottlenecks and challenges in South Sudan (SSD). The team identified that the solution is to improve the data-collection system on their schools. The SSD team is looking for simple effective models and approaches to improve the quality of their data.

Why is data collection the solution?

The data collection is a tool for school management to be better prepared for good decisions on future trends. Reliable Data collection enables the school management to identify the school /learners ’needs. They can use the data for planning purposes.

Secondly it could give better access to resources. The management/organizations can used share relevant data with the national level for more sustainable policies and for advocating for change e.g. with donors/government.

The use of the outcomes of data-collection

Analyzed data could be used at school level as basis for development of school development plans and to guide the priorities of SMC members and teachers. The data could be used for regular meetings at schools with communities and for open day meetings of community and county level education authorities. Data would support transparent and responsible handling of capitation grants, GESS grants for girls and teacher incentives. Data could support better planning and sustainability of actions.