Creating a BetterData app to manage and monitor community scorecards

Creating a BetterData app to manage and monitor community scorecards

This is the second in a series of blog posts related to community scorecards.  These are based on learning from our work with the Citizen Engagement ProgrammeCESCN'weti and other partners in Mozambique using this tool.  See here for the first post on an introduction to community scorecards.  This post describes the process of building an M&E system to help manage and monitor data from the community scorecard process.

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How to prevent double counting

How to prevent double counting

Double counting can be one of the most problematic data quality issues in a development programme.  While it’s important not to lose sight of the bigger social change we are trying to create, this issue is at the heart of accurately measuring indicators that are important to many donors.  This blog post follows on from a previous post on data quality more generally.  It takes a practical look at how to prevent double counting and lists some ways in which others have avoided it.  It explores which of these options are best suited to your programme.

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Five inspiring TED talks on monitoring and evaluation

Five inspiring TED talks on monitoring and evaluation

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.  For those that are new to TED, you may find their growing library of videos of the talks of interest.

Following are five interesting TED talks that relate to monitoring and evaluation.  I hope you find these useful and inspirational in your work.

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Improving data quality in your international development programme

Improving data quality in your international development programme

High quality data are important for NGOs and other's implementing international development projects.  Data are needed to plan new projects and programmes, evaluate and learn from existing ones and of course to be accountable to citizens and donors that you work with.  Collecting data without considering if it's of high quality undermines it's value as an ingredient in the decision making process.

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Implementing an MIS for the Community Work Programme

Implementing an MIS for the Community Work Programme

The Community Work Programme (CWP) is part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), a South African government programme.  CWP is designed to tackle issues of deep structural un-employment in the most marginalised areas in South Africa.  Instead of short-term work opportunities (as with EPWP), it offers regular and predictable part-time work for a longer period.

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Implementing an SMS gateway for your development project

Implementing an SMS gateway for your development project

SMS offers a flexible way to monitor your project.  While limited in the data you can convey, it works on every phone and is widely understood.  This blog post looks at SMS gateways.  These are a combination of hardware and software that enable you to receive and send bulk SMS.  Some can also connect directly into your database.

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