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New Evaluation Shows Data Lessons Learned in South Africa’s Schools

Grace Kalisha

When designing the Data Driven Districts (DDD) Programme, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and its partners envisioned tools that were technologically innovative, yet approachable and user friendly for every education official who needed access. Now, eight years later, the programme relies on feedback from users and stakeholders to ensure the tools continue to provide both the ease of use and valuable insights educators need to support South Africa’s learners.

As the DDD Programme continues to grow – now in 93% of schools in eight provinces – the data is inspiring new ways of working that varies from school to school based on specific needs. To continue the evolution of this new data culture, it’s of utmost importance to the programme to receive feedback from users on what’s working, and what needs to be improved.

Programme Lessons Learned

New Leaders Foundation, implementing partner for the DDD Programme, recently facilitated an independent programme evaluation to identify opportunities to strengthen the programme, accelerate its impact, and inform future priorities. The evaluation overall found that the DDD Programme is succeeding in expanding data availability, growing the user base, and building data use capacity. The below brief also details out areas for growth including increasingly working with data champions to drive adoption, furthering training to enable education officials to access key programme features and enabling education officials to understand additional next steps for learners based on data insights.

Thank you to the DDD users who shared their honest feedback, which is valuable for those both familiar with and new to the tool.

Download the Evaluation Summary

The DDD Programme has successfully increased accessibility and data use by education officials. See how this data is being used to support South African learners.

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