Humanitarian Data Toolkit
The Pilot Project “Humanitarian Data Toolkit” is a collaboration between ModiLabs, Captricity and the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning. The project aims at creating a data gathering toolkit working both with mobile phones and paper based surveys, to allow organizations to deploy within 24 hours an already packaged up kit to gather, digitize and analyze information during emergencies.
On September 17th, Summer of Design held a Design Challenge Showcase and Awards Event. Three teams, Albemarle, Chesapeake, and Davenport (named for three streets in Washington, D.C.) presented their solution for redesigning the Humanitarian Data Toolkit Box to Internews the week before. We were very impressed by how strong the ideas were. Each team really listened and thought through the design process.
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.
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.