UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Quality Education) calls for the use of data to guide improvement in learning outcomes and equitable access to education. DHIS2 for Education extends the DHIS software platform from the health sector to the education sector for the collection, analysis, visualization, and use of individual and aggregate data from institutions of learning. DHIS2 for Education takes advantage of decades of DHIS2 experience with national-level HMIS systems, offering a stable, scalable, and customizable Education Management Information System (EMIS) solution that is backed by international donor organizations as a global public good, supported by the DHIS2 development team and global HISP network, and allows countries to leverage their existing DHIS2 capacity and expertise.
What can DHIS2 for Education be used for?
- School Management
- Student Enrollment and Attendance
- Infrastructure Management
- Nutrition and Hygiene
- Resource Allocation
- Multi-Sectoral Analysis (Health, Education, Nutrition, Social Protection)
For an overview of some key considerations in selecting an EMIS platform, you can review the report published by UNESCO and Global Partnership for Education (GPE): Efficieny and Effectiveness in Choosing and Using an EMIS
Where is DHIS2 for Education used?
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Example Use Cases: Improving Education and Public Health
At the 2020 DHIS2 Annual Conference, HISP implementing partners and Ministry of Education representatives from Uganda and The Gambia joined members of the HISP-UiO team to present details and lessons learned from the ongoing DHIS2 for Education pilot projects.
The Ugandan DHIS2 for Education pilot has been running since mid-2019 in select urban, peri-urban, and rural districts, and is already a big success. The school districts using DHIS2 have not only embraced the system for pre-primary and primary schools--using it to make strategic decisions about school infrastructure improvements and more--but hope to expand into secondary and tertiary education as well.
In October 2019, Uganda launched a country-wide immunization campaign targeting 18 million children. The MoH used DHIS2 for data collection and visualization, and the Ministry of Education shared DHIS2 data on school registration to help determine the scale and target population for the campaign. This was a great example of inter-Ministry collaboration, and of how education and health data can be combined for better outcomes.
Research on DHIS2 for Education
The development of DHIS2 for Education is part of a research project organized by the HISP program at the University of Oslo (UiO). The objective of this research project is to understand how best to leverage DHIS2 to enhance education data use at all levels of the education system. You can read more about this research project on the UiO website.
Some early findings and lessons learned from this research were presented by the HISP-UiO team and partner organizations from Uganda and The Gambia at the 2020 DHIS2 Annual Conference. You can watch the recording of this presentation on the DHIS2 YouTube channel.