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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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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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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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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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Introducing ActivityInfo Version 4.0

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

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

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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Mali WASH Cluster Coordination with ActivityInfo

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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