This is a multipart behind the scenes series on how we built Samiksha and how this led to abstracted reusable technology components that we have today.
Samiksha is an OpenSource product designed to improve school quality control activities conducted by state education department officials in government schools. This typically includes mentoring to support teachers based on observations of their in-class teaching practices and monitoring to inspect the status of infrastructure and quality of school processes such as classroom teaching, availability of teaching learning materials, functional toilets, completion of civil works projects in the school and so on.
Samiksha consists of a mobile application, an application control console and a set of review dashboards. Since July 2019, Samiksha has been used by state education departments of two states (Haryana and Himachal Pradesh), nearly 30,000 government schools with over 14,000 active government users.
This post is about how we factored in user-centricity into the design of Samiksha.
By 2016, India had witnessed the large scale adoption of Aadhaar, one of the world’s most complex biometric systems, built using a scalable and OpenSource architecture1. Simultaneously, the potential of governments to reimagine themselves as citizen-friendly, high-tech public institutions that can deliver low-cost solutions to India’s complex challenges was becoming clearer2. It was against this backdrop that Samagra began its journey of democratizing technology product development for state governments with the aim to strengthen government functioning.
This post is about Samagra’s approach to building reusable OpenSource technology for state governments in India.