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Education Management Information System (EMIS):
Integrated Data and Information Systems and Their Implications In Educational Management1

Haiyan Hua and Jon Herstein
Harvard University

Paper Presented at the Annual Conference of
Comparative and International Education Society
New Orleans, LA
USA
March 2003

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This paper is written based on the instructional materials Dr. Haiyan Hua and Dr. Tom Cassidy use at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a decade experience working on EMIS development in Ministries of Education in Egypt, Jamaica, Malaysia, Ghana, and Latvia. We are very grateful to Dr. Tom Cassidy and Dr. Tom Welsh for their leadership and pioneer work in the area of EMIS development.

EMIS and Their Implications in Educational Management

Hua and Herstein

Abstract
Successful management of today’s education systems requires effective policymaking and system monitoring through data and information. To this end, countries around the world have invested significant resources into collecting, processing, and managing more and better data through education management information systems (EMIS). However, all too often EMIS design and development has been limited to information technology enhancements, and/or data storage and maintenance, with insufficient attention paid to the management environment in which EMIS operates and data utilization for policy decisions. This paper will examine the technical, organizational, and institutional conditions that must be met in order to enable information-based decision-making for effective system management. It will highlight the fact that technical capacity building must be accompanied by the creation of the demand for information and the nurturing of a culture of open communication, information sharing, and information use.

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EMIS and Their Implications in Educational Management

Hua and Herstein

Table of Contents
1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 4 2. Managing Education System Data & Information (EMIS Framework) ..................... 4 2.1

Definition of EMIS ................................................................................................. 4 2.2
Three Key Measures of EMIS Success ................................................................... 5 2.2.1
Timely and Reliable Production of Data and Information.............................. 5 2.2.2
Data Integration and Data Sharing among Departments ................................ 6 2.2.3
Effective Use of Data & Information for Policy Decisions ............................ 7 2.3
Summing Up ........................................................................................................... 8 3. Data Integration – Enabling the Creation of Policy-Relevant Information ................ 8 3.1

Data Integration Strategy – The Technical Elements ............................................. 9 3.1.1
Coding ............................................................................................................. 9 3.1.2
Structure ........................................................................................................ 11 3.1.3
Data context .................................................................................................. 12 3.2
Data Integration Strategy - The Institutional ........................................................ 12 3.2.1
Memoranda of Understanding ...................................................................... 12 3.2.2
Data Integration as Part of the Data Production Cycle ................................. 13 3.2.3
Roles and Responsibilities ............................................................................ 13 3.2.4
Policy Documents ......................................................................................... 13 3.3
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