We applied our data-visualization technology and provided full data lifecycle advisory services to support UNICEF in monitoring programmatic interventions, and amplify operational intelligence for emergency response across South Sudan. We supported the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) team with data methodology and strategy design, digitization and automation of paper-based data collection tools, and real-time visualizations of hundreds of metrics pertaining to delivery of basic humanitarian needs to children and mothers in program areas of nutrition, child protection, health, education, supply and WASH. Using Keshif, UNICEF staff are able to easily and intuitively navigate multiple projects and programmatic interventions, better understand the situation on the ground, identify programmatic constraints, and respond to emergency needs in real-time so as to ensure delivery of programs and accountability to donors.
The Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) team at UNICEF in Juba, South Sudan monitors and ensures the delivery of basic humanitarian needs to children and mothers in the areas of nutrition, child protection, health, education and WASH. A key focus in their operations is to measure progress in program delivery, and track urgent field requests known as Action Points,* which are raised by field officers during their on-site monitoring visits. Written primarily in unstructured text format, field officers identify these action points needs, assign role to a designated officer, and set a timeline for the deliverable (usually two weeks). The PME team manages the Field Monitoring and Action Tracking Database to ensure quality assurance and accountability of program delivery by local partners, and meet the emergency needs in a timely manner.
We deployed our proprietary technology to develop multiple specialized visualization dashboards and custom features that helped make section-specific and action points data explorable in real time through interactive maps, charts, and other engaging visualization techniques, in a secure way.
We provided advisory services throughout the project lifecycle, completing our 360-degree approach around Keshif’s uniquely intuitive and rapid visualization technology.
We adopted a co-design approach where we served as an embedded member of the team and engaged our client throughout the project lifecycle from discovery and ideation to delivery, allowing us to effectively respond to their technical and programmatic needs.
The power of big data analysis is often praised, but with its workings left to be understood by a handful of technical experts. The resulting “black-box effect” does not promote trust in the results, or better understanding of their meanings and limitations. Keshif was however able to help us develop a solid system that yields complex results instantaneously, and yet is simple and transparent enough that users can track where results come from and be confident about their meanings. Keshif’s work was also eye-opening as it helped the team understand the power of better using available information, and trained them on many useful skills and tools in data collection, management, analysis and presentation.
P. Fallavier, Former Chief, Social Policy, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was created by the UN General Assembly in 1946 address the needs of children and mothers including in the areas of child protection, adolescent development, vaccination and antiretroviral medicines, nutritional supplements and educational supplies. UNICEF works in over 190+ countries and territories with the support of its partners deployed on the field, who are given the resources to respond to related programmatic emergencies locally.
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