EPA 301 - Education Management Information System (EMIS)

5 April 2022 to 15 April 2022
French, English

Practical information and application

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that our Specialized Courses Programme (SCP) for April-May 2020 have been cancelled. We look forward to being in touch soon with an update on our specialized courses.

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The course will be held in English and French, depending on the number of participants. Please note that the fee for each course offered in the SCP will be communicated later. Admitted candidates are allowed to attend the programme only if the required amount has been transferred to IIEP by 1st September 2021.

Course objectives

To provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills associated with the building and use of information systems in educational planning and management. It deals with information systems for all levels of education, which can be utilized at all levels of administration (central and decentralized levels). 

At the end of the course, participants should be able to: 

  • Explain the characteristics of an Educational Management Information System (EMIS); 
  • Analyze limits, constraints and quality of an existing EMIS;
  • Identify most appropriate technologies that correspond to the national context;
  • Plan the different steps involved in a school census; 
  • Design the data collection tools for a school census; 
  • Identify the education related data to be included in EMIS; 
  • Develop an indicators system for follow-up, evaluation and monitoring. 


1. Characteristics of the Educational Management Information System (EMIS) 

This component explains the meaning and scope of EMIS and its use for educational planning and management decision-making and the important step of identifying information and data needs. (1 day) 

2. Technological tools for setting up and using an EMIS

This section reviews existing technologies that can improve the functioning of an EMIS at both Software and Hardware levels. It addresses issues related to EMIS technological decentralization, software design, data entry and processing tools, business intelligence, etc.

3. Methodology and tools for school census 

This component presents how to design instruments to collect school census data from educational institutions; to plan the different steps involved in the process of school census data collection and structuring a database, and ; to recognize the basic procedures for database management. (4 days) 

4. Specific data and techniques 

This component addresses issues related to two specific types of education data: expenditures for education and measurement of learners leaving the school system. (1 day) 

5. Construction of an indicators system for follow-up, evaluation and monitoring 

The component teaches the participants how to construct a system of educational indicators for follow-up, evaluation and monitoring, and helps them prepare a draft document presenting and analysing key indicators, using graph techniques. (4 days)


Good command of Excel and a basic knowledge of database methodology.

Participants' profiles

In addition to the criteria mentioned in the introduction, actors engaged in information management.