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Education

OGP members have used OGP to help citizens and governments gain and improve access to education.

Open government is essential to improving educational outcomes. Systemic accountability is a key driver of education attainment, and accountability without transparency has little impact. Moreover, growing evidence shows that public engagement, particularly at the school-level, yields critical long-term success.

While progress has been made opening up data, especially around access to education, more inclusive and sustained outcomes must mean going beyond transparency alone. It requires investments that deliver accountability and ensure systems become more responsive to public needs.

Our Education Priorities

OGP works with dozens of governments and thousands of civil society groups worldwide to translate a government’s education pledges into concrete policy commitments.

Education commitments cover a broad base of issues–from transparency in the delivery of school lunches to ensuring the allocation of funds for school repairs. OGP focuses its attention on improving the quality of education services and ensuring delivery of those services to those most in need.

To date, thirty-five OGP countries have made commitments related to education, ranging from transparency of education budgets to improving the quality of education through citizen audits.

Why Education?

Some countries allocate large budgets toward education; others, a fraction of a percent. Yet outcomes vary wildly. More than 58 million children are out of school globally; often, this varies on the basis of family income, gender, and rurality. Many children are kept out of school due to special needs; underfunded or resource-strapped education systems may not have the resources to care for and educate such children. Poor children are far more likely to be out of school due to a lack of resources and access.

Lack of education is linked to poor outcomes; a lack of skilled laborers drives down productivity and limits professional attainment, and can also constrain entrepreneurship and economic development. By increasing the accessibility and quality of educational resources, countries will see demonstrated increases in health and professional outcomes.

Recommendations

To date, OGP member countries have co-created a number of education commitments.  Current commitments have primarily focused on: “open education resources,” a range of IT tools and platforms that make teaching and other materials publicly available; transparent funding and accountable management of educational institutions and school boards; and inviting communities to engage more closely in the daily running and management of schools. The challenge now is to ensure that future commitments are even continue to be even more ambitious.

Open Education Resources

The following are action steps that governments can take to ensure teaching and other materials are publicly available.

  • Make teaching materials online and accessible
    • In Spain, the procomun platform now offers open access to all educational materials developed with public funds
  • Codify rules and regulations on education to ensure standardization and good service delivery
    • Honduras translated its newly overhauled education law into rules and regulations over the course of two action plans

Accountability and Management

The following are action steps that governments can take to promote accountability and better management of educational institutions and school boards.

  • Empower students and parents to audit and report on school performance, supplies, and management
    • In Pakistan, a competitive school system allowed parents to report back on student performance and move students to better schools if they rated the school poorly, incentivizing good practices in schools
    • In Uganda in 1996, when an expenditure tracking survey revealed that 74 percent of the education budget never reached the schools, a major campaign through community radio, newspapers, and notice boards in schools empowered parents with information on how much was allocated for each school, drastically cutting leakages from 74 percent to 20 percent in five years
  • Transparently fund schools and apply open contracting and procurement principles to school funding
    • A civil society organization leveraged the Nigerian government’s international pledges on open contracting to get access to information and help improve procurement processes across primary education services

Community Engagement

The following are action steps that governments can take to ensure all stakeholders within a community are represented.

  • Engage local leaders and communities in dialogue with local government and service providers
    • In Malawi, World Vision engaged traditional leaders in dialogue with open government and service providers, leading to increased enrollment rates of vulnerable children in school and decreased rates of child marriage
    • In Mexico, following a deadly fire at a daycare facility, governments and service providers worked with parents to ensure that safety concerns and student needs were met

Resources

  1. Global Report - Education

    2019, Document, PDF

  2. Education Fact Sheet (May 2019)

    Education commitments cover a variety of issues from transparency in the delivery of school lunches to ensuring adequate funding for…

    2019, Document, PDF

  3. OGP Fact Sheet - Education (2018)

    2018, Document, PDF

  4. Case Study (2014): Encouraging parents’ engagement in public education reform in Mexico

    Mexico’s membership to OGP opened the gateway to negotiating with the education authorities to provide data. IMCO acquired databases on…

    2014, Documents, Web Page

  5. CheckMySchool (CMS) Initiative: Open Governance through Stories of Change

    This blog is part of a series on how open government can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The…

    2016, Stories, Web Page

  6. 2017 Global Education Monitoring Report: Accountability in Education

    The thirteenth annual Global Education Monitoring Report came out recently, and it synthesizes the state of the art of accountability…

    2017, Stories, Web Page


Commitments

  1. Campaign against youth drug use

    LK0028, 2019, Education

  2. Open Official Statistics

    BA0004, 2019, Capacity Building

  3. Participative Decentralized Development for Preschools

    CI0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. student participation

    UY0116, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Indicators of welfare and economic, social and cultural rights

    UY0125, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. Civic electoral education

    HN0064, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. women in public works projects

    HN0070, 2018, E-Government

  8. Education sector transparency

    HN0075, 2018, Capacity Building

  9. transparency in extractive industries

    HN0078, 2018, Capacity Building

  10. open education data

    CZ0026, 2018, E-Government

  11. inspIS information system

    CZ0027, 2018, E-Government

  12. open data from school inspector

    CZ0028, 2018, E-Government

  13. publication of education information on creative commons

    CZ0029, 2018, E-Government

  14. participatiory democracy capacity-building

    EE0053, 2018, Capacity Building

  15. School Leavers' Toolkit

    NZ0014, 2018, Capacity Building

  16. Open contracting data standards

    KAD0002, 2018, E-Government

  17. Public service data

    ID0094, 2018, E-Government

  18. open data - education

    KG0002, 2018, E-Government

  19. open education

    RO0063, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. Participatory Education Budget

    ID0095, 2018, Capacity Building

  21. Public Consultation Reform

    ID0100, 2018, Capacity Building

  22. Education

    SAO0009, 2018, E-Government

  23. Transformación Educativa.

    PY0042, 2018, Education

  24. Observatorio Educativo Ciudadano (OEC)

    PY0043, 2018, E-Government

  25. Transparencia en la Microplanificación Educativa

    PY0044, 2018, E-Government

  26. UNIFIED INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR MANAGEMENT OF EDUCATION

    AM0042, 2018, Capacity Building

  27. Rendición de cuentas de los Distritos, Regionales y Centros Educativos que reciben presupuesto descentralizados

    DO0048, 2018, E-Government

  28. access to information and open data

    MD0069, 2018, Capacity Building

  29. electronic resources for education

    UA0084, 2018, E-Government

  30. Implementación de programas integrados en apoyo a la permanencia escolar y de herramientas que permitan a la comunidad educativa el seguimiento a nivel local.

    GT0088, 2018, Education

  31. online verification of education certificates

    UA0085, 2018, E-Government

  32. Implementación de intervenciones para el mejoramiento de la infraestructura escolar y de educación alternativa, con la participación de la comunidad educativa en los mecanismos de ejecución.

    GT0089, 2018, E-Government

  33. Civil Society Monitoring Plan for Education and Higher Education

    AF0009, 2017, Education

  34. Mejorar las capacidades de los y las docentes en el uso pedagógico de materiales educativos EIB en las diversas lenguas originarias y su elaboración pertinente para todos los niveles y lenguas, con participación de los padres de familia de las comunidades indígenas.

    PE0070, 2017, Capacity Building

  35. Diseño e implementación, con participación de la sociedad civil local, de un modelo de gestión descentralizada para la diversidad con enfoque territorial que atienda realidades educativas diversas con pertinencia y fortalecimiento de capacidades en el uso de información estadística en la EIB para la mejora en la toma de decisiones territoriales.

    PE0071, 2017, Capacity Building

  36. Consulta web de información de grados y títulos emitidos por los Institutos de Educación Superior (IES) a nivel nacional

    PE0072, 2017, E-Government

  37. Promover el mejoramiento de las condiciones en las cuales se prestan los servicios educativos específicos para la población del ámbito rural (Secundaria en Alternancia, Secundaria con Residencia Estudiantil y Secundaria Tutorial), a través de alianzas con la sociedad civil.

    PE0073, 2017, Education

  38. Open Access to Academic Literature

    DE0013, 2017, E-Government

  39. Establish and operate a repository of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for storage, long-term archiving and access to educational resources.

    SK0082, 2017, E-Government

  40. open education Resources

    SK0083, 2017, E-Government

  41. Reach out to partners who have provided educational resources after 2008 to the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic or to its directly managed or-ganizations, with a suggestion to make educational resources available under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) public license.

    SK0084, 2017, E-Government

  42. enforce public licensing

    SK0085, 2017, Education

  43. make educational resources available in local langage

    SK0086, 2017, Education

  44. ensure availability of university textbooks

    SK0087, 2017, E-Government

  45. introduce specific rules for open publication and the obligation to provide free access of selected publicly funded publica-tions

    SK0088, 2017, E-Government

  46. Analyze the possibility of applying Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) public license as standard for selected works mandatorily published in the Central Registry of Theses and Dis-sertations.

    SK0089, 2017, E-Government

  47. awareness-raising about open education resources

    SK0090, 2017, E-Government

  48. Publish the outcomes of the approval process of educational resources on the web-site of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

    SK0091, 2017, E-Government

  49. raise awareness about Open Access in academic community

    SK0098, 2017, Education

  50. participate in international coordination on open education reforms

    SK0099, 2017, Education

  51. Use educational tools about participation in formal education using informal learn-ing methods.

    SK0108, 2017, E-Government

  52. E-Participation through the National Government Portal

    PH0050, 2017, Citizenship and Immigration

  53. Apertura de espacios de debate y capacitación sobre el proceso electoral en Argentina

    AR0059, 2017, Education

  54. Consulta ciudadana para la generación de datos estadísticos sobre educación

    AR0060, 2017, Capacity Building

  55. Fortalecimiento del espacio de participación ciudadana “Compromiso por la Educación”

    AR0061, 2017, E-Government

  56. Fortalecer los servicios de atención de los Gabinetes Psicopedagógicos del Ministerio de Educación

    PA0032, 2017, Education

  57. Actualizar el plan de educación cívica en las escuelas

    PA0033, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  58. Escuela de Gobierno Abierto

    PA0034, 2017, E-Government

  59. Open Contracting

    NG0002, 2017, Capacity Building

  60. Anti-Corruption Activity Coordination

    NG0009, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  61. Fortalecimiento de la participación regional y juvenil

    CO0073, 2017, E-Government

  62. Virtual window of public administration

    BF0009, 2017, Capacity Building

  63. PLATAFORMA NACIONAL MULTICANAL DE LA OFERTA EDUCATIVA PÚBLICA VIGENTE

    CR0048, 2017, E-Government

  64. Open Justice in Spain

    ES0043, 2017, Capacity Building

  65. Starred commitment Improve provision and quality of education and health services

    MN0023, 2016, E-Government

  66. Ensuring transparency and impartiality in teacher recruitment policy and process in Sri Lanka

    LK0004, 2016, Capacity Building

  67. Improvement of electronic services

    AZ0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  68. Interconnect public five (05) universities and two (02) Business Schools.

    CI0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  69. Set up virtual university of Côte d'Ivoire

    CI0007, 2016, Education

  70. Awareness and cooperation

    AZ0049, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  71. Access and reuse of data from the education system

    IT0026, 2016, Capacity Building

  72. Información por Centro Educativo.

    HN0053, 2016, E-Government

  73. Firenze Open Data

    IT0028, 2016, Capacity Building

  74. PARTICIPACIÓN Y CONTROL CIUDADANO EN EDUCACIÓN

    SV0091, 2016, Capacity Building

  75. Network of digital animators

    IT0045, 2016, E-Government

  76. Schoolkit: a strategy to value best practices in education

    IT0046, 2016, Capacity Building

  77. Monitor the education reform “La Buona Scuola”

    IT0047, 2016, Capacity Building

  78. Deployment of SPID to support innovation

    IT0052, 2016, E-Government

  79. Introduction of civic control and accessibility mechanisms for municipal services

    TBI0005, 2016, Capacity Building

  80. Becoming Digital Citizens

    IT0056, 2016, Capacity Building

  81. Plataforma tecnológica para la formación continua de docentes

    JAL0005, 2016, Capacity Building

  82. Ampliación de la cobertura de educación media superior con base en necesidades y vocaciones productivas regionales

    JAL0006, 2016, Education

  83. Defining participatory democracy and development of digital competence in school education

    EE0047, 2016, Capacity Building

  84. Starred commitment Digital Educational Resources

    BR0089, 2016, Capacity Building

  85. Data and Statistics for Greek National Exams

    GR0047, 2016, E-Government

  86. Informative Actions on open data for young people in Secondary and higher Education

    GR0049, 2016, Education

  87. Open Education

    GR0050, 2016, Capacity Building

  88. Public Services at Ministry of Education and Culture

    ID0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  89. Mapa de obras de infraestructura en escuelas

    BUE0005, 2016, E-Government

  90. Public Information Disclosure Through Ministry of Education and Culture

    ID0064, 2016, E-Government

  91. Public Information Disclosure Through Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education

    ID0065, 2016, E-Government

  92. Public Information Disclosure at Higher Education Institutions

    ID0066, 2016, E-Government

  93. Open data and transparency in education

    RO0044, 2016, Capacity Building

  94. Virtual School Library and Open Educational Resources

    RO0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  95. Greater Public Participation in Disseminating Development Information

    ID0079, 2016, Education

  96. Posting Education sector data and receipts of free education fund online by July 2017

    KIG0003, 2016, E-Government

  97. Inversión en educación

    PY0032, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  98. Organization Information Disclosure Online

    KR0022, 2016, E-Government

  99. FORMAR A LA POBLACIÓN EDUCATIVA EN ACCESO A LA INFORMACION PÚBLICA

    GT0064, 2016, Capacity Building

  100. Cultura de Transparencia

    DO0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  101. Community Policing System

    UA0067, 2016, Education

  102. PLAN NACIONAL DE CONECTIVIDAD Y BANDA ANCHA “NACIÓN DIGITAL”

    GT0072, 2016, Capacity Building

  103. Open data in education sector

    MD0064, 2016, E-Government

  104. ACCIONES QUE CONTRIBUYEN A MEJORAR LA CALIDAD DEL PROCESO EDUCATIVO

    GT0084, 2016, Capacity Building

  105. Promover y consolidar la autonomía del Consejo Consultivo de la sociedad civil creado en el marco de la Ley 19.122

    UY0062, 2016, Capacity Building

  106. Transparencia y datos abiertos de educación

    UY0076, 2016, Capacity Building

  107. Creation of innovation ecosystem

    GE0046, 2016, Capacity Building

  108. Formalizar el mantenimiento edilicio en Escuelas de Tiempo Completo: una alternativa participativa

    UY0077, 2016, Capacity Building

  109. Inclusión y continuidad educativa de las personas con discapacidad

    UY0078, 2016, Capacity Building

  110. Publicación de información estadística sobre actividades socioeducativas para la inclusión social de personas privadas de libertad

    UY0079, 2016, Capacity Building

  111. Educación para el arte: difusión de propuestas educativas y elaboración de un marco conceptual para la mejora de políticas públicas

    UY0080, 2016, Capacity Building

  112. Vigilancia social del Programa Nacional de Alimentación Escolar

    PE0057, 2015, Audits and Controls

  113. Universidad Abierta

    AR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  114. Digital education resources

    SK0031, 2015, Education

  115. Map existing repositories

    SK0032, 2015, Education

  116. Analyze procurement process for education resources

    SK0033, 2015, E-Government

  117. Textbook procurement process

    SK0034, 2015, E-Government

  118. Pilot procurement process

    SK0035, 2015, E-Government

  119. Raise awareness of education resources

    SK0036, 2015, Education

  120. Join multilateral activities in Europe and beyond that support the creation, improvement, sharing and re-use of open educational resources.

    SK0037, 2015, Education

  121. Divulgación y medición de formación docente

    PA0020, 2015, Capacity Building

  122. ACOMPAÑAMIENTO LEY DE TRANSPARENCIA – ENTIDADES NACIONALES

    CO0028, 2015, Education

  123. CICLOS DE APERTURA DE INFORMACIÓN EN LOS SECTORES DE EDUCACIÓN, SALUD, MEDIOAMBIENTE, JUSTICIA E INCLUSIÓN SOCIAL

    CO0031, 2015, Education

  124. LEGALAPP: SERVICIOS DE INTERACCIÓN Y MANEJO FUENTES INFORMACIÓN PARA EL SECTOR JUSTICIA

    CO0037, 2015, E-Government

  125. ACOMPAÑAMIENTO Y ASISTENCIA TÉCNICA A LAS SECRETARÍAS DE EDUCACIÓN DEL PAÍS

    CO0038, 2015, Capacity Building

  126. ACCIONES DE DIÁLOGO CON LA CIUDADANÍA PARA FORTALECER LA PARTICIPACIÓN Y LA RENDICIÓN DE CUENTAS

    CO0044, 2015, Capacity Building

  127. Mapa Social

    CO0048, 2015, E-Government

  128. TRÁMITES EN LÍNEA – SÍ VIRTUAL

    CO0052, 2015, E-Government

  129. Programa de educación técnica integral

    SV0063, 2014, Capacity Building

  130. Fortalecer los temas de ética y transparencia en los programas de estudio para básica y bachillerato

    SV0066, 2014, Capacity Building

  131. Estrategia para promover la inversión privada en el sistema de educación

    SV0071, 2014, Education

  132. Raising Civic Awareness

    LT0010, 2014, Education

  133. Transparencia en el sector educativo

    HN0043, 2014, Education

  134. Starred commitment Hacia una mejor infraestructura en los centros educativos.

    HN0044, 2014, Education

  135. To make budget data (eight key budget reports), audit committee reports and tax exemptions publicly available by December 2014.

    TZ0028, 2014, E-Government

  136. To establish a Contact Centre to address the needs of national scholars (local and international) of Trinidad and Tobago

    TT0005, 2014, Education

  137. Open provision of Public Sector critical data sets

    GR0020, 2014, E-Government

  138. Improve Quality of Openness in Education Services

    ID0032, 2014, E-Government

  139. Strategy for Digital Welfare

    DK0043, 2014, E-Government

  140. Ensuring transparency of the election of Governing Boards of the RA general secondary education institutions and of the annual budget planning and expenses of RA general secondary education institutions

    AM0024, 2014, Education

  141. Acciones afirmativas para la población afrodescendiente: transparencia y rendición de cuentas

    UY0023, 2014, Capacity Building

  142. Sistema de Monitoreo Centros de Educación

    DO0031, 2014, E-Government

  143. Improve computer literacy through implementation of proposed new Digital Strategy for Schools

    IE0008, 2014, Capacity Building

  144. Fortalecer la institución encargada de la coordinación del Plan Nacional de Gobierno Abierto

    GT0058, 2014, Capacity Building

  145. Maximise participation and understanding of young people in civic life

    IE0022, 2014, Capacity Building

  146. Mapa de la oferta educativa de la Administración Nacional de la Educación Pública

    UY0048, 2014, E-Government

  147. Open education resources

    ES0016, 2014, Education

  148. Inclusive elementary and secondary education for persons with disabilities

    MK0082, 2014, Education

  149. Currículo de educación cívica

    SV0038, 2013, Capacity Building

  150. Strengthening of the Office of the Comptroller General (CGU)

    BR0039, 2013, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  151. Online Accountability of Resources for Education within the National Fund for Education Development

    BR0040, 2013, E-Government

  152. Generation of knowledge and capacity-building of managers and public resources operator’s partners and of councilors for social control

    BR0041, 2013, Capacity Building

  153. National Program for strengthening School Councils

    BR0042, 2013, Capacity Building

  154. Dissemination of information on anti-corruption and integrity

    HU0005, 2013, Capacity Building

  155. The municipal sector

    NO0037, 2013, Education

  156. Open Educational Data

    BR0065, 2013, Education

  157. Public School Funding

    ID0014, 2013, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  158. Promote Open Education to Increase Awareness and Engagement

    US0050, 2013, E-Government

  159. Datos de educación superior:

    MX0054, 2013, Education

  160. Democratización de las becas y apoyos gubernamentales para la educación:

    MX0056, 2013, E-Government

  161. Schools Connectivity

    ZA0014, 2013, Education

  162. Starred commitment Online state matura

    AL0009, 2012, E-Government

  163. The regulation on ethics in research and publishing

    AL0010, 2012, Education

  164. Digitalization of higher education accreditation process

    AL0011, 2012, E-Government

  165. U-Gov system

    AL0012, 2012, E-Government

  166. Starred commitment Implement the Fundamental Law on Education

    HN0032, 2012, Education

  167. Increasing the accessibility of services provided to the public.

    LT0005, 2012, E-Government

  168. Financial module of all educational institutions

    AL0023, 2012, Education

  169. Client service charters

    TZ0005, 2012, E-Government

  170. Reports on tax exemptions

    TZ0023, 2012, E-Government

  171. App Store for digital learning resources

    DK0025, 2012, E-Government

  172. Mayor calidad en la educación

    CO0003, 2012, Capacity Building

  173. Starred commitment Preparing a digital reform of the public welfare areas

    DK0026, 2012, E-Government

  174. Tracking progress of universities’ transition to digital-only administrative communication

    DK0028, 2012, Education

  175. Promoting Public Participation: 1.c. Open Data Portal

    KE0006, 2012, Education

  176. Identification of low interest areas for business investments. 2.Publication of research.

    MK0022, 2012, Education

  177. Scientific and research cooperation through the Internet.

    MK0023, 2012, E-Government

  178. Publication of information from the State Statistical Office for further scientific purposes.

    MK0024, 2012, Education

  179. Interactive school development plan

    BR0024, 2011, E-Government

  180. Control Panel for the Integrated Monitoring and Oversight System (Public Module)

    BR0025, 2011, E-Government

  181. Registry of National Education Prices

    BR0027, 2011, Education

  182. Data.gov: Foster Communities on Data.gov

    US0022, 2011, Education

  183. Education Subsidies

    ID0002, 2011, Education

  184. Publish List of Subsidy Beneficiaries

    MX0008, 2011, Education

  185. Presenting the School Budget

    MX0015, 2011, Education


OGP Global Report Data

The data below is drawn from the 2019 OGP Global Report. You can view and learn more about the report here.

These are members making OGP commitments to improve their performance in the respective policy area. As members that have demonstrated political commitment through OGP, the next step is ensuring that implemented commitments have maximal impact.

Key
Indicates that member has a starred commitment in this policy area.


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