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Promoting the Use of Information for Accountability in Education

  • Starts: Sep 12, 2017
  • Ends: Sep 13, 2017
  • Location: Marseille, France
  • By: WB, Brookings, CMI
  • Overview


    Education for Competitiveness (E4C) is an initiative designed to support countries in strengthening their education and training systems for improved outcomes, including higher productivity, growth, social cohesion and inclusion.

    E4C adopts a regional approach that responds to MENA countries’ common educational challenges based on 3 guiding principles; a global reach, regional perspective, and local solutions, a deeper and wider partnerships and an  innovative and transformational interventions


    Promoting Information for Accountability in Education


    The E4C initiative has identified Promoting Information for Accountability as one of five key programs. The objective of this program is to strengthen accountability in education systems through the generation and dissemination of reliable indicators for school improvement.


    Accountability in this case refers to the entire set of relationships among educational actors: the state, service providers, and citizens. The program supports interventions around the use of information to strengthen social accountability, external accountability, and internal accountability.


    Why Information? 


    To improve schools, and to measure this improvement over time, policymakers and citizens need rigorous information on school performance, including learning outcomes. Relevant, standardized, and comparable information about the quality of educational services in schools has largely been unavailable to stakeholders in the MENA region.


    International evidence has shown that the production and dissemination of a set of robust indicators on the quality of service delivery at the school-level has the potential to transform the relationships between schools, parents, policymakers, and civil society. This intervention will support the development of tools—such as Service Delivery Indicators, school report cards, and others—that can help hold schools accountable for improving their performance.  


    Why Focus on Accountability? 


    Research has pointed to the failure of input-based schooling policies to yield improvement in student achievement . In many countries, education systems suffer not from a lack of resources, but from service delivery failures. Adopting purely technocratic approaches to education reform in the absence of strong accountability mechanisms leads to the failure of education interventions, such as teacher training, curriculum reform, or the provision of technology.


    The 2004 World Development Report “Making Services Work for Poor People” identified types of accountability relationships that can break down and lead to service delivery failures. Strengthening the ability of both the state and the citizen to hold providers accountable is essential for improved service delivery


    Why MENA, and why now?  


    A 2008 flagship report on education in MENA, The Road not Traveled, highlighted that the region focused too much on “engineering” education and too little on incentives and public accountability. No systematic attempts have been made to link the performance of schools and teachers to student results, or to make information about school performance available to parents and students.


    Addressing the quality of education is critical in any efforts to reform education systems and build more competitive economies in the Region. 




    The 2-day workshop exposed policymakers to research and practice on the power and limitations of information for accountability.


    It also enabled them to begin conceptualizing the design and implementation of Information for Accountability tools that are appropriate for their respective countries, taking into consideration national specificities and strategies for dissemination and use of information generated by the tools. The workshop :


    1) Introduced the theory of change of how the generation and dissemination of information on school performance can lead to school improvement


    2) Presented international and regional practices on the use of a range of Information for Accountability tools and mechanisms, such as school report cards, Service Delivery Indicators (SDIs), national inspection units


    3) Discussed the symbiotic relationships between school-based management, decentralization, information, and accountability


    4) Discussed the development of country-specific indicators and country-specific information for accountability strategies 


    • Audience: Ministry of Education representatives responsible for strategy, planning, quality assurance/quality measurement, monitoring and evaluation; directors of national centers for education/human resource development; selected civil society representatives; selected academics
    • Outcomes: At the regional level, the event  a) built awareness of the importance of Information for Accountability, b) equiped participants with foundational knowledge and skills to develop a roadmap for implementing national information for accountability systems, c) created a regional community of practice around information for accountability issues including quality indicators, methodology for data collection, dissemination, and communication.
    • Format: Presentations, hands-on small group activities, and plenary discussions




    Agenda (EN)


    Pratcipants' Presentations 


    Samira Halabi, Education Specialist, World Bank: Promoting the Use of Information for Accountability in Education


    Manos Antoninis, Global Education Monitoring Report Director, UNESCO: Promise and Perils of Learning Data on Schools and Students: International Lessons


    Tamar Atinc, Visiting Fellow, Brookings and Lindsay Read, Independent Researcher: Information for Accountability


    Cameron Harrison, Lead Education Consultant, Harrison Leimon Associates: Driving up Quality in Education


    Shahram Paksima, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank: Synergies in Information for Accountability Synergies in Information for Accountability


     Tamar Atinc, Visiting Fellow, Brookings and Lindsay Read, Independent Researcher: “My School” Data Platform


     Samira Halabi, World Bank: Service Delivery Indicator Survey SABER Service Delivery


    Result-Based & Monitoring & Evaluation System for EDSPIII