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Une introduction au suivi-évaluation participatif: le chaînon manquant entre le questionnement et l’impact

Published on May 5, 2021, by Naomi Falkenburg

Dans cet article, nous examinons de plus près le S&E participatif. Nous verrons comment cela nous met au défi de penser différemment le pouvoir, les connaissances et le rôle des praticiens et des populations affectées dans le S&E. Nous examinerons également quand nous pourrions utiliser des approches participatives dans le cycle de S&E. Nous explorerons le S&E participatif en termes de ses avantages et de sa relation avec les droits de l'homme, et examinerons certains des défis auxquels nous pourrions être confrontés en utilisant des approches participatives.

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Using maps to plan interventions

Published on April 29, 2021, by Fay Candiliari

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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Para los profesionales de Monitoreo y Evaluación que desean un sistema de recolección de datos efectivo pero no saben por dónde empezar

Published on April 23, 2021, by Fay Candiliari

En el pasado, discutimos cómo ActivityInfo puede usarse para Monitoreo y Evaluación y analizamos cómo varias características del sistema pueden facilitar el trabajo del oficial de M&E. En este artículo, nos sumergimos en un enfoque más avanzado y detallado para ayudarlo a transformar su plan de M&E en un sistema efectivo de recolección de datos.

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ActivityInfo for Shelter activities reporting and partners’ coordination

Published on April 13, 2021, by Fay Candiliari

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

Published on April 8, 2021, by Fay Candiliari

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

Published on March 15, 2021, by Naomi Falkenburg

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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Aux professionnels du suivi et de l'évaluation qui veulent un système de collecte de données efficace mais ne savent pas par où commencer

Published on March 1, 2021, by Fay Candiliari

Dans le passé, nous avons discuté de la manière dont ActivityInfo peut être utilisé pour le suivi et l'évaluation et nous avons examiné comment diverses fonctionnalités du système peuvent faciliter le travail du responsable du S&E. Dans cet article, nous plongeons dans une approche plus avancée et détaillée pour vous aider à transformer votre plan de S&E en un système efficace de collecte de données.

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Review records with the “Edit ‘reviewer only’ fields” permission

Published on February 3, 2021, by Fay Candiliari

It is now possible for people with different organizational roles and with a different assignment to contribute to the same record. For example, a data entry officer or an implementing partner can fill in the fields of the form and a reviewer or a donor can indicate if the record is approved for publication.

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To Monitoring and Evaluation professionals who want an effective data collection system but don’t know where to start

Published on November 24, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

In the past, we discussed how ActivityInfo can be used for Monitoring and Evaluation and we took a look at how various features in the system can make the work of the M&E officer easier. In this article, we dive into a more advanced and detailed approach to help you transform your M&E plan into an effective data collection system.

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

Published on November 16, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

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

Published on November 9, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

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

Published on November 4, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

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

Published on October 27, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

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

Published on October 26, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

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

Published on October 19, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

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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How to motivate partners to work together on a common information management system

Published on October 12, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

Collaborating on a common information management system (MIS) such as ActivityInfo makes it easy to collect data from various different sources and maintain a single, centralized source of truth. This article presents some ideas on how to win the support of other partner organizations and stakeholders so as to start working on a common tool.

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Importing questionnaires for data collection efficiently

Published on September 18, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

In this blog post, we take a look at how we can translate any questionnaire to fields in ActivityInfo and how we can prepare a spreadsheet to import as many questions as we need to the platform for quick data collection.

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Simple map visualizations for your records

Published on September 14, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

Following our latest release you can now display on maps records that have been added to a form or subform and are linked to a geographic point or area

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Upcoming ActivityInfo online courses

Published on August 26, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

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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Database Audit Log: complete control over your data

Published on July 15, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

In this blog post we are presenting the brand-new Database Audit Log, designed to give to Database owners even more control over the information managed in their Databases, enabling Record recovery and helping detect potential disruptive usage.

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Transforming COVID-19 data management in Afghanistan

Published on July 3, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

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

Published on May 19, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

Monitoring and Evaluation activities and efficient monitoring and evaluation software are becoming more and more important components in the lifecycle of a programme. In ActivityInfo, we want to simplify the work of Monitoring and Evaluation officers, so we created Database templates that can be adapted to your needs quickly and easily. You can work with the Blank Database template if you plan to monitor programmes within your organization or with the Multi-partner reporting Database template, if you plan to cooperate with other partner organizations.

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Form templates for data collection for COVID-19

Published on April 9, 2020, by Fay Candiliari

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

Published on December 2, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

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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Reflections from the ActivityInfo training in Nairobi: humanitarians combining best practices and cooperating on a single platform

Published on November 18, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

Twenty two humanitarians from Kenya, Yemen, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt joined the three day ActivityInfo training in Nairobi on November 4th-6th, 2019. Humanitarians coming both from big UN organizations and smaller NGOs came together in the heart of Nairobi to discuss their challenges in information management and to advance their skills in the use of the platform.

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ActivityInfo 4.0: Powerful database and form design, advanced user management

Published on November 13, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

We are excited to announce that the new Database Design, the Form Designer and the User Management of ActivityInfo 4.0 have been released. Following several months of hard work and frequent communication with our users, the latest ActivityInfo developments have been designed to make the work of thousands of humanitarians in areas such as Monitoring and Evaluation, Information Management and Case Management more straightforward and effective.

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ActivityInfo in Nairobi: Join our 3 day training in Kenya and become an expert user of the platform

Published on September 16, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

Our Training Coordinator will visit Nairobi, Kenya this November (4th - 6th) to give a three day training on the use of ActivityInfo for monitoring and evaluation, information management, case tracking and case management and many more cases. The training will be in English and aims to provide participants - with or without prior knowledge of the platform - with key information and practical skills on using the software for collecting, monitoring and analyzing data. There will be limited seats to be able to provide one-on-one support to each participant.

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The ActivityInfo training in Beirut: three days full of practice and knowledge exchange

Published on September 11, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

In the beginning of September, our Training Coordinator visited Beirut and gave a three day training on the key aspects of ActivityInfo. Fourteen humanitarian organizations and field offices from UN agencies to smaller NGOs coming from various countries such as Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan were represented in the training. In total around twenty participants came together and practiced using the platform.

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Quick, easy and interactive indicators guidance for new staff and partners: the 3RP Guidance Notes by the IMWG in Turkey

Published on August 15, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

In this blog post we take a look at an interactive tool designed by the Information Management Working Group in Turkey which makes partner training and the provision of indicator guidance to new agencies and staff easier and quicker. We spoke with Mr. Levent Eksi, Associate Information Management Officer in UNHCR who explained to us why the IMWG decided to create this tool and how it has improved their work, the partners cooperation and the indicators quality.

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ActivityInfo is now available in Portuguese

Published on July 26, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

With the increase of the number of Portuguese-speaking ActivityInfo users, it was time to add Portuguese to the list of languages that the M&E software is available in.

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What is new in ActivityInfo Version 4.0?

Published on July 16, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

With this blog post we take a look at the recent developments in ActivityInfo Version 4.0. This includes exporting databases, filtering Pivot Tables, using formulas in Pivot tables and customizing Serial Numbers with Single Selection Fields.

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Activityinfo in Tajikistan: 5 days full of trainings and discussions on M&E and information management with UNICEF in Tajikistan

Published on July 9, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

Last month the Training Coordinator of the ActivityInfo team, Lucy Brinks visited Dushanbe, Tajikistan to give a training to UNICEF in Tajikistan who is using the M&E software in the country. During the five day visit Lucy met with various team units that cooperate using the platform and discussed a variety of topics in M&E and Information Management with them.

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The use of ActivityInfo in the Ebola Response by UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Published on June 7, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

In November 2018, UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo started using the software for monitoring activities related to the Ebola Response. We spoke with Mr. Ambroise Brou, Information Management Specialist for the Emergency situation in UNICEF DRC and Mr. Patrice Fillon, Information Management Specialist in the Ebola Response in UNICEF DRC who explained to us how ActivityInfo is used today by the organization and in particular in the Ebola Response.

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Three day training on ActivityInfo in The Hague

Published on May 16, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a three-day Training on ActivityInfo in The Hague, Netherlands. The Training will take place from 24th to 26th June 2019. It will be in the English language and will cover all the aspects related to using the software for data collection, database and form design, data analysis and reporting.

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Information Management at its best: UNOCHA in Iraq leverages the ActivityInfo API to synthesize the Iraq 2019 Humanitarian Response Dashboard using data collected by all the Clusters.

Published on May 7, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

Following the remarkable 2018 Iraq HRP Monitoring Dashboard, UNOCHA in Iraq released the "2019 Humanitarian Response Dashboard" which presents a comprehensive overview of the Humanitarian Response in the country. The Dashboard presents the Humanitarian Response regarding IDPs, returnees and affected host communities, under the HRP or other Non-HRP related activities in more than 800 locations, as well as the humanitarian presence of 111 partners.

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Introducing ActivityInfo Version 4.0

Published on April 5, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

Following some months of hard work and fruitful discussions with many users, we are very excited to announce that the first part of Activityinfo Version 4.0 has been officially released. This includes the Table View, a new Data Entry Importer and the first part of the Reports Interface which includes Pivot Tables and Chart Reports. Also a Search Bar allows you to find Folders, Databases and Forms quickly and easily.

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Data Security and ActivityInfo

Published on February 21, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

The security of the information gathered and stored in ActivityInfo is of paramount importance for us. Having worked in the field we know what it is like to handle confidential and sensitive information and we take up the cause of protecting what the humanitarian organizations trust us with. This blog post is about the precautions and actions we take to ensure that your data is always safe in ActivityInfo.

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The use of ActivityInfo by the International Budget Partnership: an interview with S. Hulawale, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Published on February 14, 2019, by Fay Candiliari

In this blog post you can watch an interview with Suvarna Hulawale, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the International Budget Partnership (IBP) who presents how the organization has been using ActivityInfo for their programs and the country programs. The interview was conducted for and presented in the ActivityInfo User Conference 2018, in Amman, Jordan.

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ActivityInfo User Conference 2018: A lot of insights on how the online M&E software assists coordination, planning and information management

Published on October 3, 2018, by Fay Candiliari

Just a few days ago the ActivityInfo team visited Jordan to host a two-day User Conference on ActivityInfo. The purpose of the User Conference was for the team to meet some of the users of ActivityInfo and to get the chance to discuss with them the way they use ActivityInfo as a software for Monitoring and Evaluation, the expectations they have from the tool and the ways it can be improved to assist humanitarians in Planning, Coordination, Data Collection and Data Analysis and Reporting.

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ActivityInfo brings together the entire humanitarian community in Iraq and in the IDP Crisis

Published on April 17, 2018, by Fay Candiliari

814 users across 100 organizations cooperate in monitoring data for the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2018 in Iraq using ActivityInfo to report their data. ActivityInfo facilitates the cooperation of a very big number of partners capturing data for the Humanitarian Response Plan in 2018. UNOCHA is leading the HRP. Big organisations and smaller NGOs report for the clusters of Education, Emergency Livelihoods, Health, MPC, RRM, SNFI and WASH.

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ActivityInfo User Conference 2018

Published on April 10, 2018, by Fay Candiliari

Following our first ActivityInfo User Conference in 2017 in Geneva, and driven by our desire to come closer to our users in the Middle-East as well, we are happy to announce the second ActivityInfo User Conference which will take place in Amman, Jordan in 26-27 September 2018.

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ActivityInfo is now available in Greek

Published on January 17, 2018, by Fay Candiliari

In our latest release, we added another language to the list of languages that ActivityInfo is available, reaching a total of nine languages.

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ActivityInfo user conference recap

Published on July 11, 2017, by Claudine Blokiau

We held our first user conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 15th, 2017. In this blog post we look back on a successful day and we share pictures and videos from the presentations and discussions during the conference.

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New ActivityInfo website is live

Published on June 30, 2017, by Maarten-Jan Kallen

The first ActivityInfo user conference also marked the launch of a completely redesigned website for ActivityInfo. Learn more about what has changed.

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First ActivityInfo user conference coming in June 2017

Published on April 1, 2017, by Claudine Blokiau

BeDataDriven is organising a one-day user conference for ActivityInfo Users on June 15th, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland. Join our team to learn more about how people are using ActivityInfo and what we have planned for future releases.

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ActivityInfo 2017 user survey

Published on April 1, 2017, by Claudine Blokiau

Please take some time to complete our short online survey. We want to learn about your experiences using ActivityInfo so we can improve our services.

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Presenting version 2.9 of ActivityInfo

Published on August 27, 2015, by Léo Tremblay

We’ve been working over the past few months to prepare the ground work to meet both the needs of ActivityInfo’s growing user base as well as expand the system to support new use cases like integrated survey management and advanced statistical analysis.

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New: Monthly Sessions, sign up now

Published on October 28, 2014, by Claire Barnhoorn

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month an online Q&A session for current users and every 1st Tuesday of the month an online demonstration for new users, consultants, organisations and companies.

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Introducing Léo, new training material responsible

Published on October 24, 2014, by Léo Tremblay

Hi all, I'm Léo, the latest member to join the BeDataDriven team in The Hague. Before introducing myself, let me tell you about my role with the ActivityInfo project. Bonjour à tous, Je m'appelle Léo, je suis le tout dernier membre à joindre l'équipe de BeDataDriven ici à La Haye. Avant de me présenter, laissez-moi d'abord vous parler de mon rôle dans le projet ActivityInfo.

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Introducing our new Project Manager, Claire

Published on April 28, 2014, by Claire Barnhoorn

With a tenfold user increase over the last half year, our team is expanding. We would like to introduce Claire Barnhoorn, our new Project Manager. A short interview.

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Mali WASH Cluster Coordination with ActivityInfo

Published on May 31, 2013, by Alexander Bertram

The WASH cluster in Mali uses ActivityInfo as a space where WASH cluster partners can enter communal, shared information and data about their activities on the ground. Partners use on-line forms to enter data directly into the central database. This information is immediately available to the Cluster Coordinator.

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Mercy Corps simplifies GIS with ActivityInfo in Somalia

Published on May 31, 2013, by Alexander Bertram

Coordinating a complex project across multiple regions requires excellent data, especially for GIS purposes. ActivityInfo has helped Mercy Corps improve the quality of collected data and simplify map production.

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Madagascar Cluster Trainings

Published on May 7, 2013, by Alexander Bertram

BeDataDriven's Katie Inglis was on site in Madagascar to support the Madagascar Government and the cluster system to adopt ActivityInfo as their primary, unified, information system for cyclone response. Here is an archive of the training materials.

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Development Round Up

Published on March 25, 2013, by Alexander Bertram

A summary of development on ActivityInfo during the last few months.

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Published on March 5, 2013, by Alexander Bertram

Over the past six months, BeDataDriven has invested in improving the availability of, and we're pleased to see these efforts pay off with 99.99% availability over the past month.

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ActivityInfo in Madagascar

Published on February 28, 2013, by Alexander Bertram

ActivityInfo has been chosen as the basis of a common information system for emergency response in Madagascar. It will bring together the National Disaster Office and the cluster system to support needs assessment, coordination, and the monitoring & evaluation of emergency responses.

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ActivityInfo 2.6 released!

Published on May 13, 2012, by Alexander Bertram

We're happy to announce the release of ActivityInfo 2.6, which features a new dashboard and improvements to the reporting tools.

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