June 2019- April 2020 – Harmonization of Disability Measurement Tools and Methodology, and Developing Electronic Data Exchange and Cross-Sectoral Data Management on Children with Disabilities – Second Phase
As continuation of the first stage the Specific objectives of the project were:
- Support with harmonization of the disability assessment tools, methodology and criteria for eligibility of services (and pension) for children with disabilities between education and social protection sectors.
- Finalize the methodology of the Individualized Service Delivery Plan with final set of assessment tools and the list of provided services for children with disabilities in close cooperation with MOLSA and NPPSC.
- Promote institutionalization of routine monitoring indicators developed during the First Phase of the Project, to collect timely, gender-sensitive and reliable information on children with disabilities and special education needs for informed decision making by NPPC and MOES on availability, access, and affordability of services.
- Support with final set-up of the electronic database for the National Pedagogical Psychological Center and its use by regional Pedagogical psychological support centers to synchronize data exchange between regional and national centers and establish preconditions for data exchange between MOLSA and RPPSCs.
- Facilitate the process of reaching agreement with MOLSA and MOES on the revised/amended legal documents and data exchange mechanisms with two days workshop.
The main highlights of the accomplishment are listed below:
- Final report on needs of services of children with disabilities from the special schools of Yerevan was finalized, list of the services revealed was included in the list of services to be embedded in the e-disability IT system.
- Information collected with 50 case studies was analyzed and recommendations were considered during developing the list of services for children with disabilities and costing exercise of the individual services conducted with the project support.
- The comprehensive list of services disaggregated by types of disability, age groups and agencies responsible for the delivery of the services was developed and costed. Now MoLSA has very detailed list of services needed for designing the individual service plans under the context of ICF-based functional assessment reform implementation.
- List of M&E indicators for tracking the SEN assessment processes is drafted and submitted to National Pedagogical-Psychological Support Center (NPPSC). Draft M&E Plan for the ICF-based functional assessment system is developed and discussed with ICF Working Group.
- Summary list of applicants from the specialists’ roster is developed and is grouped by types of specialists and by marzes. The list is ready for MoLSA to start selection of specialists.
- The new SEN Assessment IT system is tested and finalized in close cooperation with NPPSC and National Center for Education Technologies (NCET) and is functioning. However, the pilot of the system conducted with the results of SEN assessment of 100 children revealed, that the system still needs some technical adjustments which stream from the legislation gaps or methodological issues related to SEN assessment. The feedback in form of responses to questions of ESI team was received from NPPC, which will serve as a basis for the further negotiations and discussions between MoESCS and NCET.
- User’s Guide for the new SEN Assessment IT system is developed and is posted in the IT platform.
- Four rounds of trainings were arranged for the NPPSC specialists on new SEN Assessment IT System. 28 specialists are trained, including two at NCET and 2 trainings via ZOOM platform.
- The new IT system was piloted using SEN assessment results of 100 children from Aragatsotn, Gegharkunik, Kotayk marzes and Yerevan.
- Data exchange IT specifications are developed, which will support detailed and synchronized information exchange between MoLSA, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport (MoESCS) and Ministry of Health (MoH).
 During project implementation the title of the Ministry of Education has been changed to Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport. And in the Report instead of the MoES the MoESCS will be used.