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ActivityInfo
Developer(s)BeDataDriven B.V.
Initial release2009; 12 years ago (2009)
Stable release
4.0 / May 7, 2019 (2019-05-07)
Written inJava
Engine
    Operating systemCross-platform
    TypeRelational database, Data collection
    Websitewww.activityinfo.org

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    ActivityInfo is a cloud-based Monitoring and Evaluation[1] software used for project monitoring, data collection and reporting by development organizations, UN organizations and national and international Non Governmental Organizations.[2]It is also used for real-time monitoring of humanitarian activities and interventions.[3]

    History[edit]

    The software was developed in 2009 for UNICEF's emergency program in eastern DRC[4][5] and was later further developed by BeDataDriven, [6]a company based in The Hague, in the Netherlandsand founded in 2010 by Maarten-Jan Kallen and Alexander Bertram. By 2013 the platform was being used by 75 organizations in Africa and Asia for more than 10000 sites to showcase the results of humanitarian activities.[7]

    The software has evolved since 2009 and today is used by UN agencies and NGOs working in cluster[8] and sector management, case management[9], and interagency coordination[10] in various locations in Africa,[11],[12] Latin America,[13], Europe,[14] and the Middle-East[15][16], supporting work (via data collection and analysis, reporting, 3W, 4W or 5W[17]) on education, health, non food items, protection, shelter, water and sanitation and more.[3][4]

    Role in Humanitarian Response[edit]

    ActivityInfo has been widely used by humanitarians for the collection, analysis and mapping of data[18] (such as quantitative and qualitative indicators[19]) related to specific types of aid in different locations, enabling the monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian activities.[18][20][21]

    The software is used as a platform to track the activities of various agencies, as well as for the coordination and reporting processes inside organizations[10]It is also used for real-time monitoring of activities and interventions.[22][23] It allows donors and government counterparts to remain updated with development of activities.[24][16]

    Role in the Syrian Refugee Response[edit]

    ActivityInfo has been used in a variety of cases during the Syrian Refugee Response such as in Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plans[25], Regional Refugee and Resilience Plans (3RP) and Crisis Response Plans in various regions (Iraq,[8] Egypt,[26] Jordan,[27], Lebanon[28], Turkey,[29] etc.).

    Clusters and Sectors[edit]

    It has also been used for the coordination of partner organizations working in clusters and sectors (NFI, Shelter[30], Livelihood[8], Protection[26], Nutrition, WASH[31][8], Education[8] Food security[29]).

    Rapid Response Mechanisms[edit]

    ActivityInfo is used to track the Response to the humanitarian needs of communities affected by population movements such as Rapid Response to Population Movement- RRMP Mechanisms.[32][33][5]

    Features[edit]

    • Database builder:[34]the Database builder is used by non-technical teams to build their databases.
    • Form designer:the Form designer is used to design surveys for data collection
    • User management: users are assigned with Roles which define their level of access in the databases.
    • Geodatabase: data collected can be linked to locations of a built-in geodatabase to maintain consistency.
    • Offline data collection:the software can be used offline for data collection in environments with limited or no available connectivity.
    • Mobile data collection: the software works on mobile devices and is used in the field for mobile data entry.
    • Pivot tables: data analysis of the data collected can be done using pivot tables.[35]
    • Integrations:[36]ActivityInfo offers a REST API that allows users to connect to external systems, manipulate data and create dynamic data visualizations from the data collected.[37][38]

    Users can create an account using their Humanitarian ID[39] or their email address.

    Deployment in the field[edit]

    Several organizations offer direct access to the platform through coordination portals and working group pages.[40][41]

    Organizations also create training videos,[42][43], documents[18][44] presentations[45] and tools[46] for their staff to help them get started with the software.

    References[edit]

    1. Davies, Rick (2011-11-03). "M&E Software: A List". Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    2. Culbertson, Shelley; Dimarogonas, James; Costello, Katherine; Lanna, Serafina (2019). "Aid Agency Management and Coordination". Crossing the Digital Divide Applying Technology to the Global Refugee Crisis (Report). Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation. p. 49. ISBN 9781977403957. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
    3. 3.0 3.1 Smith, Emma (2019-05-29). "Software and resources for M&E professionals". Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    4. 4.0 4.1 Tyler, Alex; Byrne, Jack (2015-04-04). "UN and INGO experiences of coordination in Jordan". Field Exchange 48: 105. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    5. 5.0 5.1 Baker, Jock; Kahemu Chantal, Dr.Sosole; Hidalgo, Silvia; Kayungura, Godefroid; Posada, Soledad; Tasikasereka, Mao; Cano Vinas, Mireia (May 2013). External Evaluation of the Rapid Response to Population Movements (RRMP) Program in the Democratic Republic of Congo (PDF) (Report). pp. ii, 56. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    6. "BeDataDriven in crunchbase". Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    7. Bertram, Alex (2013-05-30). "Building a humanitarian project monitoring tool on App Engine". Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2018-04-16). IRAQ Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan (3RP) 2018-2019 (Report). pp. 11, 42, 86, 99. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    9. UNRWA (2016-07-01). annual operational report 2015 (PDF) (Report). p. 66. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    10. 10.0 10.1 UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2017-12-07). Activity Info (December 2017) (Report). Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    11. Government of Uganda, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2019-09-30). Performance tracking of the Refugee Response Plan (RRP); Activity Info Reporting Module Step by Step Guide - September 2019 (Report). Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    12. UNICEF Middle East and North Africa (September 2018). Knowledge for children in the Middle East and North Africa (PDF) (Report). p. 60. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    13. R4V (2019-05-31). Situation Report March/April 2019 (PDF) (Report). p. 10. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    14. UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2016-08-24). "Activityinfo - Step By Step Guide, Sector Activities 2016 - Inter-Sector Coordination". Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    15. Culbertson, Shelley; Oliker, Olga; Baruch, Ben; Blum, Ilana (2016). "An Overview of Coordination in Jordan and Lebanon". Rethinking Coordination of Services to Refugees in Urban Areas Managing the Crisis in Jordan and Lebanon (Report). Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation. p. 47. ISBN 9780833094469. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
    16. 16.0 16.1 Rabil, Robert G. (2016). The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: The Double Tragedy of Refugees and Impacted Host Communities. Lexington Books. p. 48. ISBN 9781498535120. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
    17. UN Children's Fund, Protection Cluster (2016-03-17). Manuel de Coordination de la Protection de l’Enfant en Situation d’Urgence (PDF) (Report). p. 54. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2019-03-03). "3RP 2019 Jordan Inter-agency Appeal Activity Info Planning Module Step-by-step Guide (Version as of 3 March 2019)". Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    19. QualMiner: Text mining for the Venezuelan Humanitarian Response in Ecuador. 2019-12-18. Retrieved 2020-01-06. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
    20. Lacey, Joseph (2015-02-09). "Mapping Solutions, Data collection apps primarily geared toward humanitarian efforts". Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    21. Gilmore, Lauren (2015-09-10). "10 ways tech is delivering hope for humanity". Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    22. "The ActivityInfo platform enhances humanitarian monitoring". 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    23. Opulencia-Calub, Sheena Carmel (2015-09-04). "The 4 new essential data management tools for humanitarian work". Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    24. UN High Commissioner for Refugees (August 2016). Europe’s Refugee Emergency Response Update #30 (PDF) (Report). p. 4. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    25. Pantzou, Christina (2016-08-31). "The 4 new essential data management tools for humanitarian work". Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    26. 26.0 26.1 UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2018-07-04). Egypt Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan (3RP) 2018-2019 (Report). p. 19. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    27. UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2019-03-03). 3RP 2019 Jordan Inter-agency Appeal Activity Info Planning Module Step-by-step Guide (Version as of 3 March 2019) (Report). Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    28. Government of Lebanon and the United Nations (2017-01-17). Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) 2017-2020 full version (Report). Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    29. 29.0 29.1 "Turkey : 3RP Food Security and Agriculture Sector Who does What Where When (4W)" (PDF). May 2019. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
    30. Yemen Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster (2018-07-01). "Getting started with ActivityInfo for Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster Yemen". Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    31. Kiem, Elizabeth (2013-02-15). UNICEF Mali: Soutenir les femmes et les enfants dans une situation humanitaire (Report). p. 41. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    32. Farzaneh, Nassrin; Posada, Soledad; Garrigue, Justine; Kayungura Tasinzanzu, Godefroid; Muhindo Syendwa, Claude (December 2018). Evaluation of the Rapid Response to Population Movement (RRMP) Mechanism based on Performance UNICEF Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (PDF) (Report). pp. 4, 13, 24, 26, 27, 28. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    33. "The RRMP: A Rapid Response to Population Movement in Eastern DRC" (PDF). 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    34. sopact (n.d.). "Ultimate Guide to Monitoring and Evaluation Tools". Retrieved 2020-01-08.
    35. ActivityInfo (n.d.). "Features". Retrieved 2020-01-08.
    36. Zanazzi, Mattia (2019). "How-to: Access ActivityInfo data with R". Retrieved 2019-10-03.
    37. UNOCHA (2019). "Iraq 2019 Humanitarian Response Dashboard". Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    38. World Health Organization, Health Cluster (2018-12-31). "Turkey Health Sector 3RP Achievements in 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    39. The Humanitarian ID team (2015-11-10). "Log into ReliefWeb with your Humanitarian ID". Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    40. UNHCR Jordan Information Management Unit (n.d.). "Syrian Refugee Response Tracking". Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    41. Inter-agency coordination Turkey (n.d.). "Turkey Information Hub". Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    42. Chalak Hassan (2017-03-14). 2017 Iraq IDP Activityinfo reporting Protection Cluster - Video Tutorial. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    43. Global Education Cluster (2016-05-03). Iraq Education Cluster ActivityInfo Reporting. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    44. 3RP Livelihoods Sector (2018-03-06). "Turkey-3RP Livelihood Activity.Info Reporting Guidance-2018". Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    45. Dabash, Dina (2019-02-20). "2019 3RP Planning and Monitoring Database Training". Retrieved 2020-01-07.
    46. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2019-01-01). "2019-2020 3RP Reporting Guidance". Retrieved 2020-01-07.


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