Affected communities often find themselves in an information vacuum, where rumour and counter-rumour are all they have to make the life saving and supporting decisions for them and their families.
Incomplete, inaccurate or out-dated data often hinders the ability of aid actors to deliver effective, contextualised responses.
The Speed Evidence Project combines existing technologies to create an open source platform that collects information from various sources (staff, communities, social media), validates and analyses the information, and then allows aid workers to visualise this information in multiple ways to enable delivery of more effective, contextualised responses and for disaster affected communities to be part of a robust two-way communication system from the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
This project will create a platform that will enable frontline responders as well as key decision-makers based remotely to have immediate access to a situation analysis and other evidence to facilitate formulation of response strategies, design relevant programming and engage meaningfully with stakeholders.
A functional prototype platform integrating the 3 key technologies (Ushahidi, FrontlineSMS, FieldTask) created and deployed successfully in 2 trials/simulations
Project featured in the Journal of Partnership Brokering.View
A working version of the Speed Portal prototype is available for free to any organisation who is interested in using it.View
The team now have a working information management portal.View
Information management within any organisation is often a challenge, but in the immediate aftermath a disaster, reliable information is an even greater challenge resulting in incomplete and/or inaccurate data being the norm.View
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