Dynamic (and Decentralized) Education Information System for Planning & Improvement (DEISPI), a Solution for Marginalized Schools
Innovation: Dynamic (and Decentralized) Education Information System for Planning & Improvement (DEISPI), a Solution for Marginalized Schools
Location Applied: India
Potential Impact: 13,200 children and 990 teachers (direct), 546,000 children and 10,700 teachers across 11 districts (indirect)
Dynamic (and Decentralized) Education Information System for Planning and Improvement (DEISPI), will disseminate a system for perpetual stakeholder-based (communities, students, teachers and social actors) monitoring and generation of education data, on three dimensions (student reading levels, instructional quality and school operation). The data will guide area-specific planning, as well as school/teacher/student-specific improvement actions, via peer-group ‘education dialogues’ for collaborative educational problem-solving. The innovation aims to use cost-effective and simple data collection tools and techniques with feedback loops, with participation of children, teachers, communities and managers of education, to ensure area-specific solutions to barriers to children’s learning and targeted improvements.
Inspiration: “Pragya has been working in the historically neglected Himalayan region, where children are forced to look to a bleak future without education due to inadequacies of the State education management systems. This propelled us to work on the issue,” says Project Manager Gargi Banerji. “Given the unique contextual factors and in the absence of suitable models, we have drawn on our work in the domain of Conservation: A Biodiversity Monitoring System devised by us has helped generate grassroots stewardship and reduced ecological damage; the BMS has been proved to be an effective tool for evidence-based advocacy and delivered improvements in welfare services.”