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Using maps to plan interventions

In this article, we explore how you can use ActivityInfo and maps to assess sites and plan an intervention before going out in the field. Such an exercise can provide you with insights about the situation in the field. For example, you can investigate whether a site can be easily accessed thanks to existing infrastructure using a Street and a Satellite basemap or check if it is located in an urban area or in a less densely populated location using a Population Density Map.

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ActivityInfo for Shelter activities reporting and partners’ coordination

Since its first day, more than 11 years ago, ActivityInfo has been used to support the coordination and reporting activities of large multi-partnered programmes, information management working groups and cluster/sector activities. In this article, we have gathered resources and tips to help you understand how ActivityInfo supports reporting for the Shelter Cluster.

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Creating an inventory of qualitative content in an ActivityInfo database

In this guide, we take a look at how you can create a form to host an indexable inventory for your qualitative content in ActivityInfo. You can create a database, a folder or a form to collect and store various qualitative data such as user stories, transcripts, images, recordings, case studies or any other resource that has to do with your research and activities. You can also design your form in such a way that all your content is indexed and easily found based on the criteria you select.

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An introduction to participatory monitoring and evaluation: the missing link between inquiry and impact

In this article, we are looking at participatory M&E more closely. We will see how it challenges us to think differently about power, knowledge, and the role of practitioners and affected populations in M&E. We will also consider when we might use participatory approaches in the M&E cycle. We will explore participatory M&E in terms of its benefits and its relationship to human rights, and look at some of the challenges we might face in using participatory approaches.

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Eight reasons to switch from Excel to web-based partner reporting in 2021

Despite being a powerful tool when analyzing data, spreadsheets have not been built to hold large amounts of data. That is why a more robust system designed for this purpose can benefit an organization working on complex data requirements. With this article we take a look at how ActivityInfo can help you tackle information management challenges and spreadsheet nightmare scenarios in 2021.

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A complete guide to data importing in ActivityInfo

No matter what your case is, you can always import large lists of indicators and other data to ActivityInfo and work with complete datasets using the importer in the platform. With this guide we want to share various tips and tricks to work fast and efficiently when importing your data.

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Response monitoring and multi-partner reporting coordination with ActivityInfo

By gathering the data reported by multiple partner organizations in one place, information management officers can have access to centralized information and produce evidence-based, comprehensive reports and BI tools to support decision making and planning across all levels of the Response. With this article, we explore ways in which you can leverage ActivityInfo and its features and improve collaboration and coordination in various cases such as 4W activities, RRMPs and emergencies across multiple clusters or sectors.

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How localized tools assist monitoring and evaluation and data collection activities: ActivityInfo in Burmese

Following the translation of ActivityInfo in Burmese (Myanmar language), we spoke with Ms Swe Swe Aye, a certified ActivityInfo Partner, who led the translation project and we discussed the importance of translating tools to a local language and how user-friendly localized platforms, such as ActivityInfo, can help NGOs in Myanmar and around the world improve their monitoring and evaluation processes.

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Multi-partner reporting with UNOCHA Iraq: from standardized forms to an innovative dynamic dashboard

Every year, UNOCHA in Iraq shares the Iraq Humanitarian Dashboard, a dynamic dashboard that presents an overview of the Humanitarian Response in the country. From year to year the Humanitarian Dashboard is evolving using innovative techniques, leveraging the possibilities of the ActivityInfo API. In this article, we take a look at the new developments in the 2020 Iraq Humanitarian Dashboard.

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Creating map visualizations in minutes

Following the development of the Map View which allows you to quickly display all records of a form on a map, we are excited to announce that you can now create Map Reports to display data from multiple forms and databases on one map so that you can have a visual summary of your activities quicker.

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Upcoming ActivityInfo online courses

We are happy to announce three upcoming online ActivityInfo training courses on using the software for information management and monitoring and evaluation, taking place in October, November and December addressed to different levels of ActivityInfo users.

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Transforming COVID-19 data management in Afghanistan

The fast developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic have created brand-new data management needs worldwide. The amount of data coming in from various sources and the pressure for daily, updated numbers and reports create an additional challenge both for the reporting sides and for the governments that collect these data. In this blog post we explore the adoption of ActivityInfo as a data management platform for monitoring the COVID-19 response in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as a result of the partnership between the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Afghanistan (AKAH,A) and the Ministry of Public Health in the country.

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ActivityInfo as your Monitoring and Evaluation software

Having a monitoring and evaluation software in place is becoming an important component, if not a prerequisite, for the success of a project or a programme. The work of a monitoring and evaluation officer is simplified when an online system is used to centralize and standardize indicators and data colllection processes. In ActivityInfo, we provide Database templates that can be adapted to your needs quickly and easily whether you plan to monitor programmes within your organization or you intend to cooperate with other partner organizations.

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Form templates for data collection for COVID-19

Many ActivityInfo users are working in settings where they need to collect information related to COVID-19 as a result of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak situation. To make your work easier we designed some suggested Form templates with which you can quickly start collecting data.

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Designing ActivityInfo 4.0: a user-friendly and consistent design to serve all types of user needs

Since 2009 we have been developing ActivityInfo with the objective to make the lives of humanitarians working in the field and in headquarter offices easier. Whether their work is in Monitoring and Evaluation, Information Management, Case tracking or project management, we want our users to have a flexible tool in their hands. Nine years later, we are channelling all the knowledge, feedback and experience acquired from our successes and failures to a coherent vision of what ActivityInfo is and will be.

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