Project Connect’s mission to map every school in the world is ambitious and we need your help to succeed. Whether you are a government, an NGO, or any other entity that supports schools, we want to work with you. By combining information you have with our knowledge and resources, we can work together to create an observable metric of society’s progress towards enabling educational access and opportunity for every student.
We are looking for information on locations of schools and their level of online connectivity. However, any piece of information about schools that you are interested in sharing, no matter how small, is extremely useful. Project Connect understands the sensitivities involved with sharing data, that’s why we’ve worked with UNICEF to create this rigorous data-sharing framework. We are also happy to work with you to provide any assurances or agreements you need to feel comfortable sharing your data.
FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
I HAVE DATA ABOUT SCHOOLS, BUT WHY SHOULD I SHARE IT WITH PROJECT CONNECT?
Project Connect is working to create an observable metric of society’s progress towards enabling educational access and opportunity for every student. We believe this tool will be incredibly useful to both governments and organizations working to improve education and access to resources for students around the world. And we hope that it can help you in your work, by showing who is doing similar work that you could collaborate with.
As a data provider, you will be recognized as a partner in our literature and on our website, and have opportunities for engaging with other partners at select yearly events. Select partners who provide a large amount of data or other technical assistance will also be invited onto relevant Project Connect advisory committees, as well as on the data-sharing committee for the country or countries where they provided data. Those who provide large amounts of data will also have access to data visualization expertise for their data, be invited to go on field visits with Project Connect staff and partners, have the opportunity to participate in high-level government meetings with Project Connect, have access to relevant discussions at global network events, and conduct shared operational research on key areas of interest.
HOW DO I MAKE SURE THAT THE DATA I SHARE WILL BE USED APPROPRIATELY?
Project Connect understands the sensitivities regarding data sharing, and particularly the sensitivities surrounding information about schools. We have partnered with UNICEF to develop a robust data-sharing framework. No data will be made public without the agreement of the data provider, and all relevant country-level and international laws regarding data privacy will be followed. Project Connect is also willing to work with each individual data provider to meet any specific needs to ensure that they are comfortable sharing their data.
WHAT WILL THE DATA BE USED FOR?
The data will be put into our secure database, and we will aggregate and visualize it into a live data platform. We are hoping that this data platform will be a useful tool for everyone hoping to better education for kids. We think that national governments will use this for planning purposes for their education work, partners such as UNICEF and other NGOs can use it for resource allocation, other partners can use this for research initiatives, such as the new information poverty initiative from UNICEF or to improve data around Internet connectivity, schools, and education. We also think it will be a helpful tool to help advocate for connectivity in schools – by showing where there are outages, using it as preliminary public market research and helping to inform the empirical basis for school connectivity.
I WANT TO SHARE DATA BUT NEED MORE INFORMATION ON A MORE FORMAL DATA-SHARING AGREEMENT.
Great! We are happy to work to provide any assurances you need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll gladly discuss any specifics.
OTHER THAN LOCATION, WHAT OTHER INFORMATION RELEVANT TO SCHOOLS IS PROJECT CONNECT LOOKING FOR?
We are most interested in the following indicators:
• Location of school (with GPS coordinates)
• Name of school
• Type of school (i.e. primary, secondary, government, public)
• Connectivity at the school (i.e. none, WiFi, mobile network coverage – 2G, 3G)
• Quality of infrastructure (electricity, running water, bathroom facilities, health center)
• Number of students
• Number of teachers, as well as average level of teacher education and years of experience
• Number of classrooms
• Number of computers or tablets
• Graduation and attendance rates, as well as secondary or tertiary enrollment rates
• Availability of textbooks
• Information regarding curriculum (i.e. how closely it meets government standards)
• Cost per student or annual school budget
• Information about the community around the school (i.e. average household income)
However, we welcome any information about schools that you are interested in sharing.