The Internews Center for Innovation & Learning commissioned iHub Research (Nairobi, Kenya) to conduct a six-month study beginning in August 2011 to understand the impact of the Wanakonnect dedications pilot project on local community radio stations and their interactions with communities.
The Internews Center for Innovation & Learning commissioned iHub Research (Nairobi, Kenya) to conduct a 4-month study in Ghana beginning in September 2011 to understand the impact of the EPAWA SMS Helpline Network pilot project on the local human trafficking network, as well as the impact of the project on the local communities involved.
In light of the vital services provided by frontline health workers in Kenya, the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning commissioned this study to explore the potential for CHWs and TBAs to use an interactive mobile platform to improve the dissemination of health information in their communities.
Graphing the number of mobile surveys and paper surveys completed during each day of the pilot shows a clear improvement in the enumerators’ data collection capabilities.
The Internews-sponsored Mesh-Casting pilot project is unique in the field of mesh technology in that it is free and open source, making it widely accessible. The Mesh pilot project builds on the work of the Serval Project, which has pioneered the development of open source software to create autonomous mesh-based voice and data networks among Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones.
We are in our last day in Dadaab; just a few more hours until our release from the barbed-wire gates of the DMO compound back into the world.
We had an unexpected wrinkle with one of the survey questions, a wrinkle that brings to the surface some of the basic challenges that always underlie the process of doing surveys. The question was meant to gather some quick background information - a necessary quick preliminary step before moving on to the real heart of the survey - which assesses people’s information needs.
We have been blogging and talking about our Humanitarian Data Toolkit for the past two weeks. Let us now introduce you to the actual kit.
So we have been here a week already, in the Dadaab DMO. Until next Monday, we are here. The DMO is basically a compound full of compounds, or a fortress for compounds, if you like. There is a UNHCR compound and then NGO compounds – among the biggest NGOs here are CARE, Save the Children, IOM, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and the Danish Refugee Council.
Dadaab was chosen as the location for the pilot of the new toolkit precisely so that the kinks in the toolkit could be worked out in a situation that is similar to, but less dire than, the immediate aftermath of a humanitarian crisis. If anything goes majorly wrong, our troubleshooting will not impede anyone’s ability to respond to a crisis.