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Reflections on Pacific EMIS development and use in 2011

This note presents reflections on the status of EMIS development and use in the Pacific.
It is based on reviews of VEMIS (2008), KEMIS (2010), and SIEMIS (2010), major global reports on EMIS development and on personal experience and expertise.

The reflections are just a review of reviews; so conclusions should be read taking into account that
- it was not possible to identify information on (generic) tools used in the development of Pineapples software and the national EMISs
- it was not possible to test EMISs
- no interviews were held with clients, developers and users (as is done in the reviews).

VEMIS (Vanuatu), KEMIS (Kiribati) and SIEMIS (Solomon Islands) are products developed by UniQuest (University of Queensland) based on Pineapples software. A similar system is implemented in Nauru. It is considered for Tuvalu, Niue and Tokelau. Fiji and Papua New Guinea have their own customized EMIS but these are apparently not meeting all their needs. Tonga planned to develop and implement an EMIS in 2006, but a viable system was not delivered. In Samoa the Ministry is working on establishing an EMIS that merges existing databases. (Grinsted SIEMIS 2010)

The reviews (with reason) take the perspective that EMIS development (and use) is no longer perceived as just a technical problem. Creating a full functioning EMIS is seen as a challenge that has many aspects. In the conclusions and recommendations of the reviews most if not all of these aspects are dealt with in a professional way. 

Many of the recommendations however only make sense when the technical solutions and products are up to what reasonably might be expected nowadays. The reviews contain several indications that this is not the case. It is for that reason questioned whether for (on-going) development of EMISs the right instruments are used.

Link for the report: Reflections-on-Pacific-EMISs16.doc

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