First Mile Geo is an innovative new platform that helps researchers create surveys and visualize data in a way that facilitates the discovery and analysis of trends on the ground. The site is free and situated as an online cloud-based platform, which allows it to be accessed by numerous users from anywhere in the world in a variety of languages.
The first phase of the Humanitarian Data Toolkit (HDT) experimentation is over, and we are already working on improvements and refinements for the next iteration. The HDT was piloted under a Lean Startup model, experimenting with a relatively rough prototype as the beginning of a process of testing and iterative development. A recently released report documents the journey of the pilot – based on our experience, working as a collaborative team testing out the effectiveness of doing an information needs assessment with the HDT in Dadaab, Kenya.