This project will specifically addressing the following challenges:
None of the existing tools provides the humanitarian sector quickly with synthesized evaluative information that is tailored to specific search questions and aid contexts. The HG thus goes beyond literal word searches or word counts, complements and combines functions of existing tools, and offers unique capacities for information synthesis and analysis.
The HG solution will dramatically improve cost effectiveness compared to existing practices. ECB representatives estimated that analysing 10 reports for a Meta review takes 30 days of full time work for data collection, selection, judging relevance and final analysis. The HG will facilitate a much wider, reliable and tailor made search producing relevant data within seconds, leaving the user time to concentrate on the final analysis. It is estimated that this reduces time and costs by 60%.
We estimate to minimally reach 15% of total humanitarian staff in 10 years (41,100). The HG aims to reach about 25% of these 41,100 in 3 years and half of this target group in 5 years. We estimate each direct beneficiary to affect minimally 100 aid recipients, amounting to over 4 million indirect beneficiaries.
During development phase:
During the diffusion phase:
The HG’s direct impact is in its outputs, in the form of brief extracts, retrieved from the HG data, tailored to the wishes of our direct beneficiaries. The HG thus will lead to enhanced use of data plus better and more options to monitor program performance, impacts and processes in the sector. As such, the HG will contribute to improved evidence-based programming.
Indirectly, the HG’s social impact is to assist in making future humanitarian interventions more efficient, effective and impactful by providing key lessons about successful shelter structures, ways to protect vulnerable populations, livelihood recovery strategies, etc. In this way, the HG can accelerate learning and boost the sector’s accountability and transparency. Finally, the academic, statistical and ICT work behind the HG contributes to innovative advancement.
A HIF-funded project conducted by the University of Groningen has launched its prototype innovation – the Humanitarian Genome (HG)View
On 27th June 2013 launched the Humanitarian Genome in the Netherlands for an intimate group of participants coming from Dutch NGOs, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch universities and consultancy agencies.View
In May this year we were delighted to hear that the HIF had awarded our project with a small grant to help us make the transition from developing the Humanitarian Genome prototype towards securing its future as a usable platform.View
The idea behind the Humanitarian Genome’s name is to create the possibility of a ‘sectorial DNA’. Humanitarian actors would be able to tap into this DNA’s past hereditary information and in a matter of seconds generate sectorial wisdom, which is based upon past documented experiences.View
These are exciting times for the project, since the first version of the Humanitarian Genome (HG) is currently in the making!!!View
“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backwardView
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