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Latest Activities for Information Management

Supporting MHF as part of the 2019-2020 partnership agreement
Oct / 2019 to Oct / 2020

In late 2019, CartONG and Max Havelaar France signed their first one-year partnership agreeement.

In the framework of this partnership, the support to MHF consisted in 2020 of coaching and training the Côte d’Ivoire team on their adoption of the ONA tool for Mobile Data Collection following on the 2019 pilot mission by CartONG, working on a video to present their use of MDC, and also supporting MHF and FTI on the reflexion on their approach and capacity building in relation to data.

Dashboard for Mexico's Ministry of Education follow-up of post-Covid19 return to schools
May / 2020 to Aug / 2020

CartONG, in consortium with MapAction, has been selected by UNICEF via a Long Term Agreement for Services (LTA-S) to provide support to different UNICEF country operations and HQ over the period 2019-2022. For our first activation, CartONG and MapAction will provide support to the Mexican Ministry of Education in monitoring school attendance rates after the gradual lifting of the Covid-19 restrictions in Mexico from May 17th, 2020 onwards. To do so, we will build an interactive dashboard diplaying:

1) school attendance/absence rates at the federation, state and municipality levels

2) reported reasons behind school absences

3) state of WASH and hygiene facilities at school premises

We will connect our server to the data from the Ministry of Education source, develop the dashboard, document it and train UNICEF Mexico staff to support it long-term.

Support to the SI Bangladesh operation in terms of data management
Jan / 2020 to Aug / 2020

This activity aimed at supporting the operation in terms of data management, by analysing their needs, determining recommendations, and helping them build the information management system needed by the operation.

Support to the SI Myanmar operation in terms of data management
Jan / 2020 to Aug / 2020

This activity aimed at supporting the operation in terms of data management, by analysing their needs, determining recommendations, and helping them build the information management system needed by the operation.

Support to FairTrade Africa in their first implementation of MDC
Aug / 2019 to Dec / 2019

CartONG, through the request of Max Havelaar France, is supporting FairTrade Africa in their implementation of Mobile Data Collection for the follow up of their cocoa cooperatives in Cote d'Ivoire. The project started by a small assessment of the situation and comparison of tools that could best cater to these needs, followed by a preparation of the digitization of the process through mobile data collection that was then tested, piloted and improved accordingly with the FairTrade teams in Cote d’Ivoire in preparation for a full deployment. The whole approach was seen very positively by the teams, who have already started sharing the work with other countries and also using MDC for other projects.

Setting up the tools (for data collection and analysis) for health center and school evaluation for Tdh
Sep / 2016 to Dec / 2019

CartONG developed a large part of the mobile and analysis components of FACET, a facility monitoring tool for Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in schools (WINS) and in health facilities (WIH).

The tools are based on Kobo/ODK for mobile data collection and  on a Power BI dashboard for online visualisation of indicators and an Excel offline dashboard for more advanced analysis. 

The WASH in Health Facility Evaluation Tool (FACET), jointly developed by Terre des hommes, Eawag and CartONG with support from the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), is based on globally recognised indicators and is suitable across the continuum of humanitarian and development interventions.

In 2017, CartONG also designed an online dashboard with Power BI linked to the FACET WASH Health Facility (see an example with test data) and School evaluation mobile data collection tools (here).

In 2018, CartONG helped build the new version of the FACET mobile data collection and analysis tools, based on a review of the needs and also an update of the key JMP indicators on which the tools are based.

In 2019, the work on the new version of FACET for both schools and health facilities continued, with the realigning of the mobile and analysis tools with updates to the current dashboards and the development of new dashboards. This was done for Terre des hommes in direct partnership with EAWAG, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology.

3 MOOC with ENSG to raise awareness on geomatics in the aid sector
Mar / 2019 to Sep / 2019

En 2019, CartONG collaborated with ENSG on the production of a Massive Online Open Course on Geomatics & the Humanitarian World, which led to the release of three different videos:

  1. What humanitarian mapping is all about
  2. What CartONG's role is in the sector
  3. Examples of GIS & MDC work
Evaluation of the mapping needs of the permanent secretariat for NGOs (SPONG) of Central African Republic
Jun / 2019 to Jul / 2019

CartONG did an evaluation of the mapping and database needs of the permanent secretariat for NGOs (SPONG) of Central African Republic, on behalf of the Bioforce training institute. This project aimed at producing an assessment report which included a needs assessment, analysis of strengths and weaknesses of the current system in place at the SPONG, secondary data mining, technical scenario options, and a capacity building plan. Two maps were also produced to support the SPONG. It should be noted that support for this project will continue in 2020 with planned support for the operationalisation of the SPONG's databases. Read more here.

Information Management needs assessment (Solidarités International)
Jan / 2018 to Dec / 2018

In 2018, CartONG conducted two challenging Information Management (IM) needs assessment missions, during which we evaluated the IM policies, processes, practices and tools implemented by the Solidarités International’s teams in response to the refugee crisis in Bangladesh as well as the Syrian crisis.

For these rapid assessments of information management needs, CartONG interviewed the key players to evaluate their expectations, fears and difficulties, and reviewed the existing documentation and processes in place for the IM tools used by the local Solidarités’ teams as well as the available IM products. As part of these missions, we also facilitated workshops and conducted a review of the key existing project documents to identify the IM needs per activity and the potential constraints related to donor requirements. The deliverables of these two needs assessments missions were a report and a list of recommendations and suggested priorities. The support provided by CartONG in the Middle East had the particularity of taking place following the launch of a new  consortium (therefore still in its infancy), and was thus mostly focused on strategic aspects; whereas the mission in Bangladesh was an opportunity to identify the capacity-building needs of the local IM team which then led to a two-week training mission on various topics such as MDC, mapping and data protection.

Information Management support for ACF France
Jan / 2018 to Dec / 2018

CartONG provided various Information Management support to Action Contre la Faim France in 2018. Our main support was dedicated to their Afghanistan mission where we deployed an expert for 3 weeks in October. The mission aimed at providing Information Management support to the team based in Kabul regarding digitization of some nutrition processes, data visualization with Business Intelligence tools, training sessions on various tools (Excel, Kobo, Sphinx and Power BI) and support on their data protection practices. Check out an example of the tools developed during the mission: a complaints and feedback mechanism dashboard built on Power BI.

In 2018, we also provided remote support to ACF France on Mobile data collection for their Nepal field operation, as well as gave a day of introduction to Geographical Information Systems during one of their regional training workshops in Dakar.

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