STEP-A is a tool to assess school’s preparedness level based on five preparedness parameters: policy, knowledge, preparedness and response plan, early warning system, and resource mobilization capacity measured on school institution, teachers, and students. This tool is adapted from the existing preparedness assessment that has been implemented since 2006 and consulted with the Government of Indonesia, UN Agencies, civil societies, school representatives, and experts. Since its development, over 200 schools in 10 provinces in Indonesia have been assessed using this tool. With the use of this mobile application, it is expected that the assessment process to be faster, self-administered, cost-efficient, and designed to promote scaling up efforts in assessing preparedness capacity in schools in tsunami-prone areas in 18 Asia Pacific countries.
STEP-A is aimed to measure preparedness level of a school. Preparedness in this tools is only measured for tsunami hazard
STEP-A result can be used by national and local government to portrays the condition of its territory, to help them in decision making process for policy regulation, and to allocate funds for improvement in school building and infrastructure, school management and education arrangement. Non-government organization can also use the result to make program for capacity building in disaster preparedness and financial support for school’s needs. More importantly, STEP-A result can be used by the education institution, school community, parents to create and implement relevant school policy, program and activities
The respondents are the school community. STEP-A has 3 sets of questionnaire that needs to be filled by 3 type of respondents which are headmaster or school principal, teachers, and students
For Questionnaire S1, only needs 1 respondent which is the headmaster or school principal, but for Questionnaire S2 the respondents are minimum 20% of total teachers, same as Questionnaire S3 the respondents are minimum 20% of total students in the school. The principal needs to filled out the total teachers and schools to count minimum respondents required to fill the next questionnaire. It is expected that the respondents are gender balance, where as same-sex school will be exclusion
STEP-A can be applied to non-formal education, but not to informal education because informal education does not have school building and infrastructure of which also questioned in the assessment
To use STEP-A or participate in the assessment, people or children with disabilities needs facilitator to read or translate the question for them and to fill out the questionnaire
At the moment, STEP-A application is available only in Google Play Store. Your mobile to download the application shall have Android OS minimum Kitkat 4.4. STEP-A is still being processed to be available in i-Store i-Phone users
The result will be out automatically if all data are collected within two-weeks period. Result will be provided if all 3 sets of questionnaire are filled by the principal, and minimum 20% of total teachers and students
Results are provided through 3 platforms: email, mobile and website. The principal will get the result sent in the registered email account. Respondents and public can see the result from the STEP-A mobile application and from dashboard menu in the website by clicking on the map the school that they need to find the result.