The mVAM – ‘mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping’ project provides the use of voice technology for household food security data collection. It is expected that mVAM would lead to a leap in time and cost-efficiency of data collection.
mVAM provides for the use of mobile voice technology for the collection of household food security data. The mVAM approach will allow a more precise understanding of time and cost-efficiency of voice relative to existing face-to-face methods of collecting data. Data collected through voice will feed into established information systems by providing additional, real time data for humanitarian decision making.
The mVAM approach is expected to increase cost-effectiveness and timeliness of data collection for short periodic surveys, such as WFP’s regular Food Security Monitoring Systems (FSMS) that track trends over time.
The expected key deliverables and impact are to:
WFP mVAM Website
mVAM Guidance – VAM Resource Center
In this podcast, Jean-martin Bauer, WFP Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping (VAM) officer and founder of WFP’s mobile VAM project, explains how mVAM works and how it’s helping WFP.View
As the mVAM pilot project enters its final quarter, the team is focusing on finalising all planned activities, and documenting learning that will allow them to scale up with a strong evidence base.View
An introduction to the team that are part of WFP’s Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) service.View
One year into data collection, WFP are fairly confident that live voice calls, placed by operators, are a good way to stay in touch with people in the extremely vulnerable communities they work with.View
WFP are pleased to see the see the learning they’ve accumulated over the past year put to practice for the Ebola response; with mVAM used for collecting food security data from quarantined areas of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.View
Article on WFP's site about the use of mVAM in Ebola-affected regions of Sierra Leone.View
In the past week, WFP managed to successfully call a few people in Mugunga 3 camp using an interactive voice response (IVR) system based in their Goma sub-office.View
After three survey rounds in Somalia, the time has come to take a look at results. As in the DRC, operators in Somalia have been conducting live interviews by phone from a call center established in a WFP field office.View
*Please note, this is a cross post from Nesta's 'DIY: Development, Impact and You' website.View
Article in The Guardian on the mVAM pilotView
This month, WFP take a look back at the data collected so far in Democratic Republic of Congo; they explain what they’ve done to ensure survey responses; and they provide an update on the start of their interactive voice response calls.View
Realising that they need to understand to what extent mVAM voice surveys are a user friendly way of collecting data; WFP obtain feedback from respondents.View
After blogging about the DR Congo in recent months, WFP now provide an update on Somalia, where the mVAM mobile phone survey project is underway in central Somalia.View
This post covers the results of the first phone survey rounds in Goma, as well as updates on response rates. Food consuption worsens in Mugunga 3 Camp as assistance is suspended.View
Following their first mobile phone survey round in DRC, WFP tell us about the process of running their first phone surveys with displaced people living in Mugunga 3 camp.View
Article on the Humanitarian Practice Network website.View
In January, the mVAM project reached an important milestone: after 6 months of preparations, they launched their live phone surveys in Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.View
The setting-up of call centres has been ongoing for the past few months in both countries. The most time consuming part has been the recruitment of the operators; the two operators for each area office will be on board in early January.View
In this month’s entry WFP explore the results of the face-to-face survey in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and provide an update on the process of getting their call centres set up.View
This month WFP examine the results of their baseline food security survey in Galkayo, Somalia. Also some thoughts about how their calls will be implemented.View
In this update, World Food Programme share on: their face-to-face survey in Somalia, an update on DR Congo, and some thoughts after conducting 305 test calls.View
The mVAM teams in Rome, Somalia and DRC begin discussions around methodology, and preparation for the testing phaseView
The mVAM team has conducted scoping missions with WFP offices in Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo. The idea was to come to grips with the challenges of implementing mVAM at the country level, contact partners, assess the technical challenges and develop work plans.View
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