1. Virtual data journey workshops
We need to keep moving while standing still. Now is a good time to reflect, document, learn, and plan for the future - as best we can - with the information we have available. To support our partners with this, we’ve been facilitating interactive virtual workshops. Using tools like Zoom and Mural, we’ve hosted plenary and breakout sessions to revise partners’ Theories of Change and outcome harvesting sessions to track programme progress.
We’re learning and improving as we go. We’re also looking into hosting other data journey workshops online, from data cleaning to analysis and visualisation. For tool training, we’re preparing standardised online training packages. In other words, we’re adapting our support as much as possible to online so that you can continue your work wherever possible.
2. Remote data collection
The majority of our teams and partners aren’t able to go out into the field to collect data, but local partners in some countries are still operating. We’re developing protocol on how to safely collect data in those cases.
Our technical consultancy team is working on remote data collection methods such as phone based interviews, SMS, and WebForms to replace field visits. These remote alternatives can be effective, particularly when no field observation questions are needed. We are about to run a pilot for a partner in which we’ll test the phone based interviews - keep an eye out for an article about it on the data journey blog.
3. WASH data
Reliable data on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is of invaluable importance today. With partners like WPDx and UNICEF, we’ve created data portals where a variety of relevant data is brought together in one place. These data portals can be an excellent resource - by analysing and sharing the online dashboards, decision makers can assess how prepared a region or facility is for COVID-19. This can enhance cooperation and prioritisation. An example, built for Eritrea, can be found here: COVID-19 quarantine centre baseline info.
4. Other resources
We are updating our resources so that we can keep providing you with useful content on the data journey. For the time being, you might find our eBooks and online portals helpful: