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Phoenix

Promoting innovative approaches to remote data collection


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A. WHAT IS PHOENIX TRYING TO SOLVE?

Remote data collection during crisis times is a challenge for monitoring and evaluation. Many evaluators cannot go to the field to collect data and ensure that the selected tool is suitable considering technical, social and cultural issues. Therefore, the challenge we defines was the following "How can we facilitate evaluators to select effective, user-friendly and affordable tools by combining/using online and offline technology to suit the actual situation and the local cultural and social norms for M&E in order to solve the difficulty of collecting data without access to the field and with people having limited access to technology?".


https://videos.mysimpleshow.com/TaS70m5TGZ


B. WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT? WHO WILL BE INVOLVED?

The Phoenix Platform aims to involve an evaluation community, national stakeholders, academia, NGOs and integrate experiences of evaluators, stakeholders through a community of practice and the participation of beneficiaries with the guidance for evaluators on how to test tools before applying.


C. WHAT IS THE SOLUTION AND ITS BENEFITS

Team Phoenix created the Phoenix Platform of remote data collection! On this platform, evaluators can search for the suitable tools, using filters such as country, areas of use, sector, application, language etc.
The platform also provides guidance on the use of the tools, testing and ways to increase the participation of beneficiaries. Advantages of the Phoenix Platform are that it guarantees free access to interested professionals from different contexts and disciplines.


You can navigate in the web page:  http://team-phoenix.peeragehouse.com/
Although there are many existing technologies available for remote data collection, evaluators face the difficulty of selecting the ones that are most suitable for their evaluation, regarding the affordability of the technology, the language options, beneficiaries access to technology as well as social and cultural norms.
Since the platform is interactive, evaluators as well as interviewees can share their experiences and ratings of the tools used. Thereby, the Phoenix Platform creates a community of practice and the shared tools are continuously reviewed and improved by the community.
The Phoenix Platform supports evaluators in the selection of suitable tools for data collection and therefore leads to remote evaluations of much higher quality!


D. TARGET GROUP

 

Evaluation Community, as evaluators, practitioners, evaluation managers are the main beneficiaries who can find suitable approaches through this platform. Beneficiaries and interviewees are also benefited from the platform as it provides guidance on testing which involves them to develop a customized questionnaire to them.
However, as Phoenix community contributes from different points of view, government institutions benefit from having access to tools to monitor their intervention actions.


E. TEAM AND WORK PROCESS


Monday 6th July 2020:

Some team join the channel and then introduced them and welcome each other onboard. We had John, Kenji, Tommaso & Fabiola joined on that day.

 

Tuesday 7th July 2020:

We had 2 other team members who joined the channel and they were duly welcomed to the team. After the presentation, the team agreed to do personal thinking before we met to discuss our thoughts. It was an interesting meeting as some learnt how to use Jisti for videoconferencing and got to see other colleagues. Also, we came up with our problem framing from this meeting after everyone shared the context of operations/working.

 

Wednesday 8th July 2020:

We defined the interview questions and we achieved to conduct 5 interviews, each of them gave us ideas to review or challenge.

 

Thursday 9th July 2020:

We share the results of the interviews and that help us to improve the definition of the challenge question.

 

Friday 10th July 2020:

We were working on mural, based on design thinking process, and share the ideas to focus on one.

Saturday 11th July 2020:

Based on the work we did on Friday, we focused on the selected idea and share how we imagine the Phoenix platform.

Sunday 12th July 2020

With these ideas, John started to design the website and shared with us his progress

http://team-phoenix.peeragehouse.com/


Marina proposed to use https://mysimpleshow.com/ to create the video and share a prototype.

We did it! Our video and webpage have finally been posted. After many hours of discussions, google doc editions, movements in MURAL. A team where passion, dedication, time, experience, constructive opinions have added value to find our solution. Thanks, IPDET for organizing this Hackathon and all the colleagues that have participated.


F. NEXT STEPS

The Phoenix Project needs to collect and analyze available tools to collect data. Furthemore, it needs to conduct a detailed process with Experienced and Emerging Evaluators about their experience using remote tools during evaluations without visiting the field.


G. RESOURCES THAT WE USED

IPDET will contribute with the development and implementation of this Project.


H. CONTACT CHANNELS ON SOCIA MEDIA

The Phoenix Platform Team must contact Evaluation International Organizations, International Academy, VOPEs, EvalYouth Chapters to share the objectives of the Project and how to navigate on the plattform


I. FINAL PRODUCT

Script of the video https://videos.mysimpleshow.com/TaS70m5TGZ


Hey there! Welcome to the Phoenix Platform of remote data collection!

What is an evaluator without data collection? In the context of Covid-19, many researchers and evaluators can't travel and realize their data collections in the field.
Although there are many existing technologies available for remote data collection, evaluators face the difficulty of selecting the ones that are most suitable for their evaluation, regarding the affordability of the technology, the language options, beneficiaries access to technology as well as social and cultural norms.

Therefore, Team Phoenix created the Phoenix Platform of remote data collection! On this platform, evaluators can search for the suitable tools, using filters such as country, area of use, sector, application, language etc. It also provides guidance on their use, testing and ways to increase the participation of beneficiaries. Advantages of the Phoenix Platform are that it guarantees free access to interested professionals from different contexts and disciplines.


Since the platform is interactive, evaluators as well as interviewees can share their experiences and ratings of the tools used. Thereby, the Phoenix Platform creates a community of practice and the shared tools are continuously reviewed and improved by the community.


The Phoenix Platform supports evaluators in the selection of suitable tools for data collection and therefore leads to remote evaluations of much higher quality!
The solution was developed considering different point of views: evaluators, members of international organisations, academia and NGOs as well as stakeholders working in public administration.


Keen to know more about it? This is the Team Phoenix, consisting of Allen, Fabiola, John, Kenji, Marina, Mirna and Tom. We would be happy to tell you more about this mind-changing project to be financed by IPDET after we win the prize!
Take some minutes to explore the Phoenix Platform of remote data collection!


http://team-phoenix.peeragehouse.com/

Team Phoenix - Allen, Fabiola, John, Kenji, Marina, Mirna & Tommaso

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Data Collection

Alternative data collection if field visits are not possible in times of Covid-19

Due to the situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide, travels abroad are currently and during the coming months impossible. Therefore, on site evaluations cannot be carried out and we have to look for different means to gather the necessary data, e.g. with the help of technological means. Similar conditions for an evaluation could also arise for other reasons. How can we use modern technologies and existing data in order to carry out “off-site” evaluations without access to the field, replacing methods of data gathering by others? What potential, but also what lacks does such an approach have, especially when evaluators’ interaction with site residents cannot be replaced?

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