Why is data collected?
Evidence based policy is a crucial element of a well-established decision making process. Educational ministries need current data on the present state of the system, its efficiency and its deficiencies. The type of data to follow up should be decided by an interdisciplinary expert committee. The most important features of the data gathering process are regularity, transparency and state of art. When the process is based on the same methodology from time to time than it is possible to evaluate programs and compare the outcomes of regions, periods or types of schools regularly. Nevertheless a database can function as a monitoring and feedback element for the amelioration of the system. A systematic and thorough data gathering can highly contribute to the prevention of school dropout.
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