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Latest Activities for Mobile Data Collection

3-year collaboration on furthering Information Management at Action Contre la Faim
Sep / 2020 to Aug / 2023

CartONG and Action contre la Faim have signed a 3-year partnership agreement to further their collaboration. The partnership agreement that will run from 2020 to 2023 details the general principles of collaboration between our two organizations around common goals and mutual commitments as well as more operational aspects.

In particular, it aims to develop the use of cartographic products within Action Contre la Faim by making CartONG’s mapping service available to ACF’s operations. In particular, our team of cartographers will be able to provide emergency support to ACF in the event of a humanitarian crisis, in what is called “rush mode format” as we can already do for other partners such as MSF or ACAPS.

More generally, this partnership also aims to provide ACF's teams with better support in the area of program data management (or Information Management), either through capacity building for their teams or strategic advice and support.

Learn more by reading our news on the topic.

Strengthening CSOs' Information Management
Dec / 2019 to Nov / 2022

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.

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Diagnosis, design and implementation of a pilot information management system for the RESILAC consortium implemented by ACF, Care and Groupe URD in the Lake Chad basin
Apr / 2019 to Dec / 2021

The RESILAC (Inclusive Economic and Social Recovery of Lake Chad) project and consortium identified during its start-up phase the need to improve the management of its information (also called Information Management or IM). CartONG is supporting Groupe URD in charge of the operational M&E system (système de suivi et d'évaluation des réalisations) on the information management component.

In 2019, CartONG conducted a diagnostic in information management (all combined technologies) in order to formalize the needs of stakeholders, identify existing constraints and opportunities and propose solution scenarios.

Following this diagnosis, CartONG continues to support the RESILAC project teams in 2020 and 2021 in the implementation of certain recommendations: design of a dashboard to help monitor and manage the project, design of a database at the level of individual beneficiaries to centralize the support provided by the project through these various activities, distance training to the teams in data management etc.

To learn more about the support provided by our team, check our this article or read our 2020 Annual Report.

Support in choosing an adapted MDC tool
Oct / 2020 to May / 2021

CartONG worked with Welthungerhilfe to conduct a benchmark of several Mobile Data Collection tools in order to identify the best ones to use at an organizational level. We brought technical and methodological support into this benchmark, especially working on defining, detailing, prioritizing and organizing the requirements as well as cross-checking and testing information provided by suppliers vis-à-vis the selected requirements. The purpose of this support, which continued in the first part of 2021, was to accompany Welthungerhilfe prior to the selection of an MDC tool and to ensure that valuable and reliable information was collected on solutions pre-identified to be the most suitable as per their needs.

To know more about the support provided, please check out our 2020 Annual Report. You can also discover the benchmarking of MDC solutions that was released by CartONG and Welthungerhilfe, with the support of AFD, at the end of this project here.

Support to FairTrade New Zealand in their first implementation of MDC
Dec / 2019 to Apr / 2021

CartONG supported FairTrade New Zealand in their implementation and scale-up of Mobile Data Collection in their areas of intervention, ensuring technical assistance and training remotely. This support also took the form of brainstorming discussions, webinars, form coding, development of analysis tools and a map and remote support for technical difficulties.

To know more about the support provided, please check out our 2020 Annual Report.

Scaling up the FACET approach for use by the Swiss Water & Sanitation Consortium
Aug / 2020 to Mar / 2021

In 2020, convinced by the FACET tools developed by Tdh, EAWAG and CartONG since 2016 (available here), the SWSC decided to adapt them for use by all consortium member NGOs for their WASH risk evaluations in health facilities & schools. CartONG therefore supported the adaptation of the tools to the SWSC needs, as well as a series of webinars to help the NGOs discover the tools and also - for those that were not big users of Mobile Data Collection - to learn how to apply it to their field data collections for FACET. Beyond this, a hotline was also offered to the consortium members to support them in their implementation, as well as to cover the local adaptations that were necessary of the global forms.

Lastly, a project began to help set up the SWSC tools associated with their reporting needs on WASH, on health facilities and schools, but also communities. A process is therefore being Health facility dashboard built for consortium members to capture their reporting information and also to compile these in online PowerBI dashboards. Further support will be provided in 2021 to the consortium.

To know more about the support provided, please check out our 2020 Annual Report.

Mapping basic services in the Lake Chad Basin for and by youth
Jul / 2020 to Jan / 2021

Plan International Germany is involved in a project for “Support for Civil Society Organisations piloting initiatives of the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub” to support peace and security and strength stabilization efforts in the Lake Chad Basin. CartONG is supporting Plan International Germany in setting up a data collection tool to identify service infrastructures in the Lake Chad Basin and an online map to display the results of the said data collection.

A very important component of this project is for young people to take ownership of the tools so that they can be autonomous in managing the data collection and updating the online map on their own. CartONG has therefore put in place technical solutions with simplified steps so as to allow young people to carry out the said mission.

A 2-day remote workshop was organized for each country in January 2021 to train young people in the use of these tools and CartONG’s support continued well into 2021. CartONG will also ensure the maintenance of the solution during the whole duration of this three-year project.

To learn more about this project, please check out our 2020 Annual Report and the related news article we published.

The IM Covid-19 Help Center: helping NGOs adapt their IM and M&E response to the health crisis
May / 2020 to Jan / 2021

This project aimed at supporting the humanitarian aid and international development sector in adapting its Information Management and Monitoring & Evaluation response to the Covid-19 crisis.

As part of this initiative, CartONG provided direct support to NGOs - hotline or coaching - addressing specific data-related requests at headquarters or in the field, as well as a more global support to the sector through the release of technical and methodological guidance (technical briefs, tutorials and tech watch findings) and feedback resources (case studies and lessons learned).

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Supporting Tdh with a serie of MDC webinars in 2020
Oct / 2020 to Dec / 2020

Two series of webinars for beginners and advanced profiles were organized to support the ongoing capacity building of Terre des hommes' field teams in terms of Mobile Data Collection and analysis:

  • 6 sessions for beginners which includes general methodological consideration for mobile data collection, discovery of ODK collect and KoBoToolbox platform, and form building.  
  • 2 sessions for advanced users mainly focusing on the use of the Kobo analyser tool.

To know more about this support, please check out our 2020 Annual Report.

Support on the data component of Voute Nubienne Association Monitoring and Evaluation system
Jul / 2020 to Nov / 2020

In 2020, CartONG was solicited by the Voute Nubienne Association for an assessment of the data component of their Monitoring and Evaluation system. A workshop at HQ and different field interviews were therefore run to produce such a document, describing the needs of AVN, a description of the features they wanted in the system in place (as well as the associated constraints, capture modalities, types of users, and data model), and some elements concerning the possible technical scenarios.

To learn more about the support provided by our team, please check out our 2020 Annual Report.

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