An Education Management Information System (EMIS) provides the evidence base needed to make new policies and to facilitate educational planning. The main purpose of an EMIS is to integrate information related to the management of educational activities. A robust EMIS is equally important as the backbone for the monitoring and evaluation system of an education system. It is crucial for tracking trends and changes, ensuring data is of sufficient quality and timely reporting of information. One of the fundamental challenges of EMIS in most low- and middle-income countries is that large amount of data is collected, but almost no analysis is carried out. In the cases where rudimentary analysis is done, little action is taken. Evidence-based decision making does not happen. CEI has a strong track record in supporting EMIS in Africa, South-East Asia and the Pacific. CEI has published a working paper on EMIS in low-income countries. Other support includes the development of EMIS in the Philippines and Zimbabwe. In addition, staff have led capacity of government agencies in using EMIS for planning and reporting in Zambia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Timor-Leste.
Currently, CEI is collaborating with the World Bank in assessing EMIS in selected countries in the Pacific. The World Bank through its SABER program has developed a framework to assess the legal and policy framework under which EMIS should function. In addition, the tool looks at the implementation of the policy. The work is part of a broader program to help governments use an evidence base to improve learning.