FSM Research Alliance in Pohnpei

The FSM Research Alliance in Pohnpei is comprised of members from the FSM National Department of Education, Pohnpei Department of Education, and College of Micronesia-FSM National Campus. The alliance goals include improving student performance on the FSM National Minimum Competency Test, improving teacher preparation and access to teaching resources, and improving human resource management in schools. Another key focus of the alliance is increasing the capacity to manage, use, and apply data.

Research alliance projects currently underway in Pohnpei include:

Benchmarking Education Management Information Systems Across the Federated States of Micronesia
Description: Through this research project, REL Pacific will help the FSM research alliance and the National Department of Education to develop a comprehensive understanding of its data management system in an effort to better inform education policy and planning. The work builds upon findings resulting from four separate REL Pacific research studies as well as a study at the national level using the same review protocol.

Research Question:

  1. What are the similarities and differences in the quality of education management systems across the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), as measured by the SABER indicators of quality?

The State of Pohnpei: Benchmarking Education Management Information Systems in the Federated States of Micronesia
Description: The purpose of this study is to provide Pohnpei State Department of Education and other Federated States of Micronesia stakeholders with information about the quality of Pohnpei’s education management information system (EMIS), which is related to the ability to produce quality data. This information will be collected through the use of an assessment tool developed by the World Bank (2011). The SABER EMIS assessment tool provides stakeholders with a scoring tool that allows for comparison of data systems within a country over time as well as comparison across countries. The tool, developed from the Data Quality Assessment Framework by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), assesses and monitors the quality of education management information systems on six aspects of quality. Upon completion of the scoring for each aspect of quality, a visual summary will be created for Pohnpei state to depict its EMIS quality along the six aspects of quality.

Research Question:

  1. What is the quality of the education management information system in Pohnpei state in the Federated States of Micronesia?

Using Data to Improve the Education Management Information System in Pohnpei
Description: Through this technical assistance project, REL Pacific will support the FSM Research Alliance in Pohnpei in studying the findings that result from the research study, The State of Pohnpei: Benchmarking Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Specifically, research alliance members will learn how to examine data and develop an action plan for improvement.

Research Questions:

  1. How can the recent benchmarking study of Pohnpei’s EMIS help inform the development of an action plan for improvement?
  2. What are the steps for developing and implementing an effective action plan for improving Pohnpei’s EMIS?

Analysis of the Making Data Meaningful Survey Results for the FSM
Description: The MDM survey, developed by REL Pacific in 2012, gathers information regarding the current state of data from the perspective of education stakeholders. Specifically, the questions on the MDM survey address five elements of effective data use: (a) attitudes and opinions toward data, (b) quality of data management, (c) frequency of data analysis, (d) data-informed decision making, and (e) improving data use. In this technical assistance project, REL Pacific administered the MDM survey to members of the (previously-named) FSM Research Alliance on Strengthening Teacher Effectiveness and Optimizing Data Systems, the staff members of the FSM National K-12 public school system, as well as staff members of all four FSM K-12 public school systems. A report of results was generated and delivered to all members of the FSM research alliances, making this project complete.

Research Questions:

  1. How are data perceived by education stakeholders in the FSM?
  2. In what ways, and how often, are data used within the FSM?
  3. On which specific areas of data use can professional development trainings be focused?

Member organizations:

  • College of Micronesia – Federated States of Micronesia National
  • Federated States of Micronesia National Department of Education
  • Pohnpei State Department of Education

The alliance lead for the FSM Research Alliance in Pohnpei is Nitara Dandapani.

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