10 Lessons Learned on implementing Mobile Data Collection projects

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Need help navigating Mobile Data Collection scale-up in your organization? Check out our 10 lessons learned

In the spirit of sharing resources to help build capacity within the sector, CartONG and Terre des hommes (Tdh) are releasing a lesson learned paper on Mobile Data Collection (MDC). Both organizations share a common vision on the importance of capacity and knowledge development in information management in the aid sector (and beyond). This is why continuous efforts have been made to publish as much as possible the work they produce to ensure others could make use of it, be it the MDC Toolkit or benchmarkings and other studies published on the CartoBlog.

Written by CartONG, this paper reflects on five years of experience gained by Terre des hommes implementing MDC projects in its countries of operation worldwide. Its principle aim is to help field operations make the best use of MDC in their programs by summarizing the key lessons learned throughout these 5 years of MDC roll-out. It builds both on the institutional knowledge acquired over the years as well as on the experiences shared by three delegations (Iraq, Mali and Nepal) - deliberately different in terms of size, volume of operations, and types of interventions.

This Lessons Learned paper also summarizes the path taken by the organization to scale up MDC over the years and the uses to which MDC is put, both by Tdh and by the wider humanitarian community. Lastly, it also details both Tdh and CartONG's vision for MDC in the coming years.

Read the full report here!

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Founded in 2006, CartONG is a technical non-profit H2H organization based in France, which specializes in mapping, mobile data collection and information management tools and services for the humanitarian and development sectors. CartONG works in partnership with local, national and international organizations, supporting sustainable approaches to humanitarian projects and aiming to foster collaboration and innovation within its partner organizations and the local communities it works with. Every two years, CartONG organizes the GeOnG forum in France - a conference dedicated to addressing issues related to data in the humanitarian and development sectors. Next edition is scheduled for the fall 2020. CartONG has been Tdh’s technical partner on information management since 2015.

Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the leading Swiss organization for children’s aid. Since 1960, Tdh has helped build a better future for vulnerable children and their communities, making an impact with innovative and sustainable solutions. Active in more than 45 countries, Tdh works with its own teams and/or local and international partners to develop and implement field projects which significantly improve the daily lives of over 3 million children and their relatives, in the domains of health, protection and emergency relief. This engagement is financed by support from private individuals and institutions, with administrative costs kept to a minimum.

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CartONG, a French NGO, was set up in 2006 by cartographers who wanted to improve the way aid agencies were using maps and geographic information. It has since expanded and now offers many innovative tools of information management, mapping, analysis and communication to aid organizations.

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