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:
In 2015-6 we conducted two trainings for IPIS, one on Mobile Data Collection and geodatabase management (5 days) and one on ArcGIS server (5 days) for their HQ staff in Antwerp.
CartONG provided support for Rongead as part of a call for projects with the Fondation de France for the structuring of data linked to producers and to the promotion of the cashew nut in the Ivory Coast. The collaboration started with the creation of a web database of the producers and negotiators regrouping the cashew nut Ivory Coast transactions with the setting up an information system of the exchange rate of the cashew nut from producer to seller. Then a Google Earth file was created to raise awareness concerning an inclusive agriculture and the cashew nut exchanges.
CartONG supported Solidarités International with three missions in Mali and Central African Republic on data collection strategy and data management.Read more »
CartONG has been helping Tdh with compiling documentation on Mobile Data Collection and Information Management more generally to help field teams use it in the most effective manner. Since January 2018, the documentation has progressively been made public on the MDC Toolkit website to help other organizations that might find it useful. A special highlight is the Data Visualization Toolkit available on: https://www.mdc-toolkit.org/analyse-your-data/
Some CartONG volunteers have helped in the write-up of a few documents and in the translation of most of the documentation to French.
Following a full bidding process, CartONG was one of the organizations (including iMMAP and MapAction) to be retained by the UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office, setting the framework to be deployed in the WCARO region to support UNICEF country operations in Information Management and Mapping.Read more »
MSF Switzerland initiated in 2012 a reflection on the value of GIS in their operations. The last quarter of 2013 saw the beginning of a strong collaboration between MSF-CH and CartONG. We support MSF-CH in defining their needs and are putting into place the first 2-years plan GIS strategy.Read more »
Profiling and registration with Android smart phones (UNHCR)Read more »
These one day seminars organised twice a year correspond to a community of practises composed of medium-sized NGOs that meet to exchange on information management practises, tools and methodologies. 13 NGOs are part of this community at this date.
CartONG has been helping Terre des hommes with their Information Management and data collection strategy since 2014, by evaluating tools, compiling studies and benchmarkings (some of which have been released on the CartoBlog), counseling them on how to help the organisation augment its skills and developing training kits and communication documents for its staff, as well as helping with the technical recruitment of IM/MDC staff.
Beyond this, a HQ hotline is available and two 2-day awareness raising sessions were organised in December 2016 and January 2017 to train Terre des hommes HQ Desks and Thematic specialists on what MDC could bring to their operations and also on knowing how to adapt a standard organisation form from one context to another (through XLS forms).
A Lessons Learned paper building on 5 years of MDC implementation at Terre des hommes is expected to be released in 2019.
La République Centrafricaine connait depuis 2012 une deuxième guerre civile. Le 24 mars 2013 Bangui est prise par la Séléka, il y a alors un regain de tension dans tout le pays. C’est suite à ces évènements qu’a été mis en place en République Centrafricaine le Mécanisme de Réponse Rapide (RRM). Fonctionnant avec des échéances de 6 mois, le 2éme RRM a débuté en avril 2014.
L’objectif initial du RRM est de conduire des enquêtes multisectorielles (MSA) rapides, puis de mettre en place la réponse rapide à travers ses partenaires. Les activités du RRM se divisent en 3 temps : Alertes – MSA – Activités. Les premières méthodologies de collecte de données et de partage de l’information mises en place pour les MSA n’étaient ni standardisées ni organisées par manque de temps. Le RRM se restructure depuis mai 2014 avec une nouvelle équipe de coordination qui promeut et met en place des outils standardisés pour ses partenaires.
Le RRM CAR en date de la mission est composé de la cellule de coordination UNICEF ainsi que de 5 partenaires opérationnels : Action Contre la Faim, ACTED, International Rescue Comitte, Première Urgence et Solidarité Internationale.
C’est dans ce contexte que CartONG s'est déployé a Bangui, en partenariat avec le bureau régional de l’UNICEF de Dakar, a apporté un support technique en termes d’évaluation et d’amélioration des outils d’analyse de données ainsi que sur la compilation des informations récoltées depuis le début de la crise.