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  1. Dr Amanda H A Watson
    Dr Amanda H A Watson November 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Hello again Mitiana.

    The comment posted by Gerard Ng made me realise that there’s more I could mention to you that might be useful.

    For instance, are you aware that phone interviews were undertaken regarding food security during the recent drought in Papua New Guinea? Information on the phone interview technique can be found here and my earlier, speculative comments regarding the potential for phones to assist with the drought response are available here.

    You may also be interested in a systematic body of work being funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to look into the use of tablets and smartphones in data collection. They started with a desktop review of 17 software options, narrowed down to two that seemed suitable and then tested the two of them in the field. They are now beginning to trial the software option that performed best in agriculture projects in several countries, including Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, as well as some in Asia. A film on this work is available here and more information is available here.

    Amanda. 🙂

  2. Gerard Ng
    Gerard Ng November 22, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Hi Mitiana,

    The use of digital platforms is definitely something that can be explored further in PICs. During the El Nino drought in PNG, several INGOs used KoBo for drought assessments while UNDP also recently supported PNG’s National Disaster Centre in utilising KoBo for data consolidation and analysis during its post drought assessment.

    Aside from technical issues, some of the major obstacles to good assessments is a sound understanding of data collection and stepping out of the “paper-based” comfort zone.

    Would be great to connect and have discussions on furthering the use of tools such as Akvo and KoBo.


  3. Dr Amanda H A Watson
    Dr Amanda H A Watson November 21, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Dear Mitiana,

    My thanks for an interesting post, with some useful links.

    You may also be interested in an article I published on the experiences of tsunami alerts in one coastal village in Papua New Guinea. It’s available here.

    Amanda. 🙂

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