Humanitarian Data Toolkit: a Rapid Assessment Kit for Emergencies

June 25, 2014
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Please join us for an invitation-only edition of Field Connections with Mark Frohardt and Anahi Ayala from the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning on a new toolkit that helps streamline humanitarian response. RSVP

The Humanitarian Data Toolkit is a suitcase of tools designed to help humanitarian responders and local media quickly gather, analyze, and act upon data during a crisis. The toolkit was created in collaboration with the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning, academic partner Modi Research Labs, Columbia University, and tech company Captricity.

In a crisis, Internews works to improve the availability of accurate information for affected communities, and to open up channels for two-way communication between those affected and those providing aid. The first step to establish strong information systems is to understand the current information needs of the population.

Graphic showing the contents of the toolkitThe toolkit includes software, survey templates, training materials for interviewers, and an established research methodology for use in the midst of a crisis. It contains all the necessary equipment and software to conduct a rapid information needs assessment: mobile smartphones with survey software, paper and pencil surveys as a backup, a computer with data aggregation software, a scanner and a wifi router, all in a portable box.

In case of equipment failure, lack of internet access, or power outages, the kit provides a solar panel and backup measures so that humanitarians can assess and act quickly in any environment.

The toolkit was launched under a Lean Startup Model, which provides a rapid, efficient approach to creating and managing startups and gets desired products to users' hands faster.

Join the Center for Innovation & Learning’s Mark Frohardt and Anahi Ayala in this exclusive Google Hangout on Air to discuss this groundbreaking technology, and the impact it has had in streamlining humanitarian response in the aftermath of a crisis.

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