Check My School Philippines
Basic Project Information
Check My School Philippines aims to improve the provision of services in public schools across the Philippines by collecting official data, validating it through community engagement, and facilitating the identification and resolution of problems.
Methodology / Approach
- Improve the provision of services in public schools across the Philippines
- Enhance the integrity and accuracy of public school data by gathering information and comparing it to official data
- Increase community awareness and involvement in the provision of education services by monitoring public schools and engaging community members in collaborative problem solving
- Facilitate public access to accurate information about the public education system
Check My School (CMS) is a participatory monitoring initiative that combines online and offline approaches to promote transparency and responsiveness in public education service delivery. The theory of change underpinning CMS assumes that data validation, led by citizens, helps to highlight pressing issues and to facilitate collaborative problem solving between government and citizens. CMS pursued the following activities to achieve its objectives:
- Create a formal partnership with the Department of Education
- Recruit and train volunteers
- Coordinate with schools and government agencies at the local level
- Promote community driven data validation of textbooks; student´s enrollment; and school´s personnel, facilities, budgets, and test performance
- Share information through CMS website and social networks
- Present data and facilitate collaborative problem solving between government and citizens to determine appropriate solutions
- Present results to the Department of Education and other stakeholders
Because rural areas lack the required information communications infrastructure, CMS has built a network of “infomediaries” – individuals that facilitate community validation processes – and local organizations. It has also used Facebook, Twitter, and text messages to relay information. A CMS chapter coordinator works with a team of volunteers to spearhead local-level operations. The CMS model draws its inspiration from earlier civil society monitoring efforts through the Bayanihang Eskwela and Textbook Count projects. Those efforts helped create a welcoming working relationship with the Department of Education. The CMS model has also been applied in other contexts and countries, including Indonesia, Cambodia, Kenya and Mongolia.
Use of Information Communication Technology
CMS posts relevant information to its project website at www.checkmyschool.org, and uses social networks (Facebook and Twitter) and text messaging as platforms to channel claims and complaints.
8,500 schools mapped
Assessment of the actual outputs vis-à-vis targets (internal/project team assessment); outcomes assessment
- Number of areas covered
- Number of schools covered with complete school data
- Number of issues responded to that have been acknowledged
- Number of reported issues with concrete responses
- Increased vertical engagement between local agencies, community-based citizen groups and CSOs, as well as horizontal links among government agencies
- Enhanced engagement of the Department of Education
- Increased capacity of local volunteers and “infomediaries” for social accountability
- Replication and adaptation of intervention in Cambodia and Mongolia
- Resolved claims and complaints as result of the intervention including new seats, classrooms, water and sanitation facilities, as well as improved infrastructure and materials available
*Since the project is still on-going these results are preliminary.