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Trans-Era (former ToMENPAC19)

The "Trans-Era" presents alternative Tools for data collection in Covid19 context


Executive Summary

The event of Covid19 has imposed unprecedented changes in our society starting from restrictions in social and economic (routes) to total confinement. And although some of these barriers are being left to avoid a complete paralysis in several sectors we have to consider that this crisis will continue for the 8 to 12 months to come until a vaccine will be available.

For the community of evaluators 'collecting of information' has to be reconsidered especially in developing countries where target populations do not have access to computers or smartphones nor to Internet. This hampers evaluators' work and consequently all economic systems in the absence of sound references to guide decision-makers. The challenge for evaluators is therefore to continue providing decision-makers with sound feedbacks on the way development projects are being implemented and by the way reactivate most economic activities.

Moreover, grade and speed of country recovery from this Covid19 crisis will depend on the level of its devlopment and especially its access and use of technologies to safely bypass this transition period and adapt to the new transformation era. People in rural areas have also to be trained in use of appropriate technology as they are the main actors in this new economic system. In rural areas in Ecuador many initiatives and projects emerged after Covid19 in collecting, buying and selling food items and health supplies. There's no access to computers or smartphones nor to Internet.

Trans-Era is a pilot project which aims to bring decision makers in developing countries with sound analysis of the new socio-economic context of the Covid19 not solely to survive the crisis period but more importantly to adapt their economic systems to the new transformation era. The Trans-Era Project will (1) implement an innovative alternative tool that uses friendly technologies to collect information on the situation of local producers in Ecuador, (2) and provide training for them on the management and use of new technologies. Success of Trans-Era will expand its use locally in further projects be it in rural or urban areas and in other countries in the context of the actual pandemic of Covid19 and in further transformation era.

{which will combine economy and technology in rural areas into a so called "Community Clusters with Technology"}

Group members: Hussain Yusuf Ibrahim, Nigeria Mohamed Elyes Kchouk, Tunisia Mohammed Othman, Yemen Monica Wabuke, Fidji

The challenge is 1. Collecting necessary information on the situation of local producers: • tools: Phone calls (Othman), GIS (Hussein) & GeoPoll (Monica); these are the options proposed by the group; The GeoPoll and the Phone Calls may be the favorites; you may vote for the best option; • target groups: how these tools will reach a given target group? usually if we have to evaluate a project, the target group has been reached through project’s activities (training sessions, etc.); so evaluators should have a list of stakeholders to interview from project managers (I suppose, didn’t you?); so if that is given we can reach target population either through phone calls or through GeoPoll; this is very important because of confidentiality; if it’s done randomly we may miss the target audience; • data/information to be collected: data should be related to (1) production chains, (2) social indicators, (3) and economic indicators;

Launched at Evaluation Hackathon by

mohamed_elyes_kchouk Hussaini Yusuf Ibrahim

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Updated 11.07.2020 09:51

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Tools and Methods

Tools and methods to evaluate new projects

Since in Ecuador, as a consequence of the COVID-19, many initiatives and projects have emerged about collecting, buying, and selling food items and health supplies. So, we want to implement a pilot project with those characteristics and evaluate its real impact. Our first challenge emerges when we want to build de baseline of our pilot project. The challenge is that we have restrictions on collecting traditional survey information. Furthermore, people in developing countries do not have access to computers or smartphones nor the Internet. And, because of that, online surveys are not an option for us. Then, we need to think of alternative ways to collect information. How to design and implement an information tool to build a baseline and after that to evaluate new projects in the context of the pandemic?

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