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What matters most for education management information systems framework paper – EMIS (LAEP Inventory)

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Rebecca Ferguson
11 February 2016


The World Bank Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) ‘What Matters Most for Education Management Information Systems Framework Paper’ was published in 2014 as part of its Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) working paper series. SABER is an initiative to produce comparative data and knowledge on education policies and institutions, with the aim of helping countries systematically strengthen their education systems.


The working paper focuses on data and their analysis as a tool for management, school-system oversight, and policy. The term ‘learning analytics’ is never used. Nevertheless, the vision described in the paper includes feedback of student learning and other outcomes back to school level for action by teachers, students, so enablement of learning analytics practices is implicit.


‘An effective EMIS is one that has a fully functioning information cycle. This cycle demonstrates that an

EMIS is more than a simple annual school census, that the coverage of statistics goes beyond

administrative census data. An EMIS is a dynamic system that has a defined architecture, the capacity to

perform analytics, and the ability to serve its users. The functioning of this cyclical process results in more

effective data sharing and coordination.’


The paper concludes with a rubric for assessing progress toward the key policy goals identified, which gives indicative statements against four levels of maturity against a large number of indicators organised under policy lever headings including: legal framework, human resources, infrastructural capacity, data-driven culture, methodological soundness, openness, timeliness and data coverage.


Inventory type:

strategy-level white papers

analysis of policy-related issues

Document source:

World Bank: non-governmental (188 member countries)


policy goal self-assessment, management information systems

Policy Context




international: global


The framework paper is rooted in the World Bank’s mission to work for a world free of poverty and its aim to improve learning as a vehicle to this end, by helping countries improve data collection, data and system management, and data use in decision making.

Maturity and Evidence of Utility

The report was written with the benefit of a review of global evidence, with input from multiple sources, and peer-reviewed by World Bank staff.

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