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Assistance to the Development Central Census Data Collection System
January - August 2004

Carribbean MapPrimary education has long been a priority of governments in Jamaica. The New Horizons for Primary Schools Project (NHP) in Jamaica was designed to improve enrollment in and the quality of primary education. An improved school census data collection system in the Ministry of Education’s Planning Unit will greatly compliment the activities of the NHP project.

In 2003, Creative Associates’ software developers began working with the USAID/Jamaica Mission on the development of a custom version of the Creative Associates’ GIRO (General Input and Reporting Online) database development system, which with very basic hardware, will allow MOEYC to do a variety of data manipulations not possible with its previous database: enter and organize education data; search for responses by keyword and phrase; collect and code data for long surveys or questionnaires; and prepare user-friendly data reports. GIRO is completely web-based (for all transactions), requiring no expenditure in client hardware beyond a computer and an adequate Internet connection. Adaptation of GIRO also allows for complete client control of the manipulation and creation of data-entry forms, as well as the manipulation and creation of print-ready reports (assuming client familiarity with Crystal Reports as a report-generating tool).

The system will ultimately be used by Jamaica’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture, and will serve as the central census data-collection and reporting platform for the Ministry’s Planning Unit, greatly expanding upon the recently installed Jamaica School Administrative System, which currently serves 72 primary schools across the six regional offices, covering primary and secondary schools on the island. The Jamaica Ministry of Education encompasses 1,000 institutions, 700,000 students, and 24,000 teaching staff.

 

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