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Thursday, September 6 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
When MERL takes over: Balancing data and information needs with digital development

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This session will explore the tension between collecting everything possible versus the ability to develop and implement a viable and usable technology product. Too often, there is a desire amongst international development organizations to collect more and more MEAL data, especially given the increasing ease of data collection with technology like tablets and phones. This desire can sometimes be so strong that it comes at the expense of everything else. If this happens during a tech development, it can cause major issues, and add time and resources to the process.

Save the Children and Praekelt Foundation will lead a discussion on what happens when the desire for more and more data hampers the functionality of a final tech product, and ways to mitigate this. We will use the example of the Dooit Android application, which was developed jointly with Girl Effect Mobile, Praekelt, and Save the Children as a case study for the group to examine. Dooit was launched in Indonesia in 2017 that helps youth save money and reach savings and budget goals on their own. We will use examples of what went well and not so well during this process to frame the discussion, encouraging participants to share similar experiences related to MEAL and technology. Finally, the group will come up with a series of approaches that can be used for tech development that balance the need for data and design functionality.

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Jonathan McKay

Director, Girl Effect
Jonathan McKay is the Director of 'Create' at Girl Effect — a new team that brings together writers, designers, software developers and strategists to create brands, products and experiences that girls love. With a background in digital marketing including building mobile campaigns... Read More →

Christopher Ying

Senior Specialist, MEAL and Research, Save the Children US
Christopher Ying is a specialist in the field of monitoring and evaluation with global experience. He currently serves as the Senior Specialist for MEAL and Research for the Skills to Succeed Program at Save the Children US, which focuses on youth employment. His previous position... Read More →

Thursday September 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Academy Hall Breakout C 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20009