Education data quality in Nepal

David W. Chapman, Madhup Dhungana

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Abstract

In many developing countries, efforts to make more effective use of quantitative data in policy formulation, planning, and management of the education system is threatened by poor data quality. This study investigated the extent to which national education data in Nepal were subject to reporting error, the extent to which Ministry level decision makers accurately estimated the error in the education data available to them, and the level in the reporting process at which that error was introduced. Results suggest that decision makers' skepticism about data quality results in non-use; however, evidence suggests that the data may be more accurate than decision makers believe them to be. Results serve as a caution against too quickly generalizing assumptions about data quality across countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-318
Number of pages12
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

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