Challenge / Goal
Whether incidence values, case numbers or R-values - a proper data basis is elementary for the management of the Corona pandemic. In most cases, however, data is scattered in silos, making it much more difficult to assess the crisis situation on the ground on a daily basis. This also applies to the education sector. In Schleswig-Holstein, schools reported their caseloads by e-mail in a PDF form. Manually collating this data took a lot of time and made it difficult to respond quickly.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Kiel is therefore the first Ministry of Education in Germany to take a completely digital approach: with the help of Polyteia's data platform, impairments to school operations and infection events such as confirmed Corona cases, quarantine or distance learning have been digitally recorded, aggregated and visualized on a daily basis since December 2020.
"A daily updated and resilient data basis is essential for our crisis management during the pandemic," emphasizes Minister Karin Prien. This is not just a matter of collecting pure infection data, such as that received by the health authorities. Rather, school supervisors must be able to react if the maintenance of school operations is endangered by local outbreak events. "With Polyteia's data platform, we now have the necessary digital tool for data-based management of measures at our fingertips, which relieves the burden on both the schools and our employees in the ministry." The development process was very agile, he says, and the application was up and running and rolled out to all schools in just a few weeks.
"As part of this innovation partnership with the state of Schleswig-Holstein, we have created a reference solution for Corona crisis management in the education system that can be scaled to all federal states," adds Polyteia CEO Faruk Tuncer.
Working hand in hand with the public Administration of Schleswig Holstein, Polyteia's experienced tech team developed the dashboard in a co-creative process through common workshops and close contact with the officials.
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