Do you feel that finding reliable information in your organization on which to base decisions is becoming increasingly difficult in an ever-changing humanitarian context? Do you find it difficult to develop an information management strategy as it deals with so many different aspects of your teams’ work and so many different internal entities? And whilst information can be harvested from the web, are you unsure about how to make best use of this data and complement your own operational data? Do you find it difficult to explain what information management is and how it can be used?
Information management (IM) is one of the keys to identifying needs and assisting affected populations in a more efficient manner. It ensures that information gaps are identified, and that data from different sources is linked and analysed, and becomes actionable information within an organization and for its partners. An information management strategy allows you to define standard procedures that optimize workflow and ensure that the right information reaches the right people. Efficient information management is necessary for all sectors, be it WASH, education or CCCM, since you will conduct needs assessments, track distributions, carry out household surveys and generally monitor and evaluate your implementation for all programme activities. Information management involves collecting reliable and timely information, coordinating, planning and implementing assessments, analysing and storing information, as well as disseminating and presenting information in a format that is easy to understand and use, such as maps or graphs. Ultimately, these information products will inform planning and decision-making. CartONG assists humanitarian organizations in their IM work with any or all of these steps.
Learn more about how CartONG can help you with your Information Management projects below:
Through a first partnership with the Crisis and Support Center (CDCS) of the French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), CartONG will be implementing a two-year project aiming at promoting and advancing responsible data management practices within the aid sector.Read more »
CartONG and Action contre la Faim have signed a partnership agreement of 3 years to further their collaboration. The partnership agreement that will run from 2020 to 2023. It aims to provide ACF's teams with better support in the area of program data management (or Information Management).Read more »
CartONG and Groupe URD have partnered up to support Sidaction in improving its M&E system. More precisely, the objective is to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of Sidaction's activities in order for them to manage more qualitative and global information (activities, impact, etc.) and to make it more useful for all of its departments (Programme, Advocacy, etc.).Read more »
CartONG supports the Innov'I project of Expertise France in Tunisia. This project aims to support entrepreneurs and foster a stronger and more active local economic environment. In this context, CartONG helps the Expertise France team to improve its existing data collection system via online forms, and to build a dashboard that displays key figures and indicators of the project. In addition, CartONG will also train the Expertise France team to ensure that the system provided is sustainable and that the partner is able to adapt it to their needs.
In September 2021, CartONG launched a new initiative to develop volunteering internally and build new partnerships around volunteering activities with NGOs, associations, companies and local institutions. This project aligns with our 2020-2023 Associative Life and Volunteer Involvement Strategy and is co-financed by the FONJEP, which was mandated by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), and CartONG. We plan to provide 25 pro bono support missions from remote to NGOs and local associations, as well as conduct 2 volunteer missions in the field. 10 participatory mapping workshops (or “mapathons”) will also be organized in companies and at local institutions to raise awareness among employees about volunteering with CartONG. We will also offer training and new frameworks to facilitate the exchange of skills between volunteers.
CartONG and Groupe URD have partnered up to build and deliver a training offer - composed of 4 modukes - to Expertise France staff both at field and Headquarters' levels.Read more »
The "Strengthening CSOs' Information Management" project aims to professionalize French-speaking Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the use and implementation of methods, tools and processes related to the different stages of the data analysis chain.
Co-financed by AFD for 3 years (early 2020 - late 2022) and implemented with the support of 10 partners, this project will make it possible for CartONG to continue its work in support of the sector by promoting the pooling and dissemination of new resources, both practical (tools, tutorials, training modules, etc.) and strategic (studies, etc.) to all humanitarian and development actors.Read more »
After ten years of ad hoc collaborations between CartONGand Solidarites International (SI), the two organizations decided to sign a Partnership Agreement to facilitate future activities in the next three years.
The agreement concerns the capacity building of SI teams on Information Management (IM), the running of studies, the provision of strategic advice and technical field support related to Information Management, as well as the development, configuration and deployment of IM tools.
In that vein, work has started at the very end of 2019 to support the Myanmar and Bangladesh field operations in the improvement of their IM practices and processes, that will continue for most of 2020 (learn more here and here).
In 2021, as part of the ongoing MoU, CartONG extended its support to ACF. CartONG analysed the sand winds that hit Madagascar lately with a much higher impact, supported the emergency desk of ACF to build a ligthweight IM system to provide a quick and generic picture of a state of an emergency, allowing ACF to make informed decision spededily about planning a responde. As part of the projet "Strengthening CSOs' Information Management" project co-funded by AFD, CartONG has been supported by ACF in the development of a data analysis and the Excel toolkit to be published on the Learning Corner.Read more »
In 2020, the SWSC decided to adapt the FACET tools for use by all consortium member NGOs for their WASH risk evaluations in health facilities & schools. CartONG supported the adaptation of the tools to the SWSC needs and hosted a series of webinars to help the NGOs discover the tools.
In 2021, SWSC asked CartONG to set up the tools associated with their reporting needs on WASH, on health facilities and schools, but also communities. CartONG supported the consortium members in developing a PowerBI dashboard, the forms, guidance and provided technical support to the field teams.Read more »