EMIS collect, integrate, analyze, retain, and disseminate data and information to support decision-making, policy analysis and development, planning, monitoring, and management at all levels of an education system.
Education management information systems only collect data on students who are (or have been) enrolled in the school system. Our robust EMIS, on the other hand, is unlikely able to provide complete (or even any) information on children who were never enrolled and those who dropped out. Robust education planning and policy requires data from a broader range of sources, including household surveys.
Decision-making that is effective depends on reliable data that is managed by effective information systems. Information is a vital resource and is a significant component of management and decision-making in the educational sector. An EMIS is more than just a technical solution for operational procedures.
EMIS is a system of people, technology, models, methods, processes, procedures, rules, and regulations that function together to provide education leaders, decision-makers and managers at all levels with a comprehensive, integrated set of relevant, reliable, unambiguous & timely data and information to support them in completion of their responsibilities.