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Bringing data into public finance decision-making processes in the education sector

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Commentators frequently lament the lack of data that leads governments to make inefficient spending decisions. At the same time, governments often collect mountains of data that goes unused. This session will look at the challenges of bringing data from digital solutions in the education sector into public finance decision-making processes, and what governments can do to address them. This session, chaired by Susan Nicolai (Senior Research Fellow, ODI) will include:

- The presentation of a forthcoming paper on the use of data from education management information systems (EMIS) in public finance decision making processes – Alasdair Fraser (Consultant); and

- Sharing of Sierra Leone experience in data for decision-making from Iman Beoku-Betts (Country Lead, EdTech Hub, Sierra Leone) and Alasdair Mackintosh (Education Economist, Fab Inc.).


  • Susan Nicolai

    Senior Research Fellow, OD I

  • Alasdair Fraser

    Independent Consultant

  • Iman Beoku-Betts

    Country Lead, EdTech Hub, Sierra Leone

  • Alasdair Mackintosh

    Education Economist, Fab Inc

Please note:

As part of a wider one-day conference on the role of digital in improving public spending, ODI is hosting this hybrid event on the digitalisation of public service delivery.

If you are interested in attending this session (but not the full day conference), please register using the link above on this page.

If you are interested in attending this session and the wider conference, please register on the main conference webpage.

This event will be in English.

If you would like to attend in person, please get in touch with Susan Nicolai to arrange.