The missing link between data collection and good decisions
Akvo Lumen™ is a new data transformation, analysis, and visualisation tool designed for and by international development professionals. It lets people unlock the stories in their data – even if they’re not data specialists.
Lumen helps you turn diverse data into high quality information you can understand, trust, share and act on.
Get excited about what you can do
Lumen opens up new avenues for you to work with your data. The hard work of cleaning and transforming raw data to make it usable is greatly reduced, opening up new possibilities to explore the bigger picture.
Ask questions, combine, compare and calculate. Get inspired by fresh insights.
An essential tool for a
Huge amounts of data are gathered via many different collection tools, and stored in countless repositories and silos. Often, useful information never reaches the people who need it.
Lumen makes it easy to combine data sets, including your own and ones from any other source, and make them accessible to anyone who needs them.
Link to or upload data sets from diverse sources. This includes surveys in Akvo Flow, data.worldbank.org and others.
Turning messy data into high quality information you can rely on just got much faster and easier. Clean, filter, aggregate and combine datasets, and enrich them with geocoding, scores and calculations.
Build graphs, maps and charts quickly and easily. See and show the stories captured in your data.
Easily design and create online and shareable dashboards. Display your visualisations with context. Share them with a limited audience or the world, via a website, iframe or widget.
What our partners say
We constantly work to get higher quality data to make pro-active decisions and increase the quality and impact of our work. Akvo has already transformed our ability to do this and Lumen will help us go to the next level. We currently spend a lot of time analyzing data to identify trends and provide our field teams with useful information. As the number of our programs and the amount of monitoring data we collect grow, this is quickly becoming burdensome and slow. Lumen will enable Lifewater staff around the world to get up-to-date information, so we can make faster, better programatic decisions.
Vice President of Global Programs
We take a collaborative, partnership approach to supporting you on your data journey. And we provide a range of training, support and consultancy services to help you at every step of researching, transforming, analysing and finding insights within your datasets.
We train people – from data specialists, through to project managers and decision makers – to use Akvo Lumen to its full potential. Our courses fit around your team’s schedule and location.
We provide regional and remote support, with offices and staff working across East and West Africa, South Asia and South East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Our online help centre provides a range of learning resources in English (and French coming soon). But if you get stuck, we’re here to help.
Akvo can help you plan the data visualisation you need for your programme. Our experts can train and support you to apply effective monitoring and evaluation practices.
We can train and support you to find data sources, conduct analysis and create visualisations to find meaning in your data, and translate it into information that can be used. We can also help you with advanced data analysis to find hidden patterns and make predictions based on datasets.
Open data publishing
Akvo can help you to apply best practices in data sharing. We advise on formats, designs and how to ensure the data is useful for your audience. On top of that we can help you with your own website with integrated data visualisations.
Akvo people have vast experience of data transformation, analysis and visualisation, from small to very large scale, in water and sanitation, education, agriculture, healthcare, disaster response, energy and other sectors.
Multiple data sources
Lumen lets you upload data sets directly from Akvo Flow (soon this will include monitoring forms and repeated question groups), as well as CSV files from a local computer, or via a link from other locations.
Easy to use
The clear and well designed user interface is fast and simple to use, even if you don’t have complex data skills.
Fast data cleaning
In a few mouse clicks, you can remove white spaces and blank cells, change case, apply filters, switch data type, solve inconsistencies in numerical and date-format, and sort, rename, combine or delete columns.
Merge data sets
Easily combine data sets from different sources to release new stories and insights (coming soon).
Derive new columns to carry out calculations and create new expressions, e.g. to implement a decision model, check data quality or apply scoring based on the contents of several other columns.
Lumen logs all the transformations made to your data, so the process is fully transparent. You can look back to see who did what, and revert to old versions if you need to – removing the risk of damage to your data.
Lots of visualisation options
Use Lumen’s curated data sets (coming soon) and your own data to create interactive bars, pies, areas or line charts, maps, pivot tables and scatter plot graphs – all in moments.
Organise your visualisations into attractive dashboards, and design how you want them to look. Bring your insights together, add context to tell the stories of your data, and share them online.
Easy to share
Publish your dashboards and visualisations in the form of a website, iframe or widget on a variety of devices, and with a variety of access possibilities.
Visualisations and dashboards will automatically update when the underlying data changes. In future you can schedule these updates.
Transformations will be automatically reapplied when new data comes in and you refresh your data set. This means live data can be cleaned and transformed, and existing static data can be turned into self updating, flowing data sources.
Monitoring Flow data
Easily import and work with Flow monitoring data. This means you can analyse data over time, assess the quality of your data collection process and monitor progress towards your goal (coming soon.)