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Friday, September 7 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Moving from data to action: How can real-time data enable adaptive management?

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Using digital tools (such as mobile phone based text messaging, web-based applications, social media platforms, etc.) or large digital datasets (such as satellite or cell phone tower data) for collecting real-time data helps programs and projects respond quickly to community needs or potentially changing circumstances on the ground. However, these digital tools and datasets are often not well understood or mapped into decision-making processes. Examples of how real-time data has been used to manage development and relief efforts adaptively:
  • Tracking migration flows following natural disasters to understand population locations and best locate relief efforts
  • Gathering demographic and assessment data following trainings, in order to improve outputs and outreach for future trainings
  • Analyzing real-time disease outbreak data to understand where medical resources will be most effectively deployed
  • Analyzing of radio and social media to understand and adapt communication outreach

In this session, we will engage participants in a rigorous and inclusive conversation on these and other uses of real-time data to enable adaptive management in development programs. The presenters will provide overview on USAID’s newly released portfolio of research on Real-time Data for Adaptive Management (RTD4AM), followed by an activity demonstrating the importance of real-time data in enabling adaptive management and its potential challenges. Then, the participants will have a chance to provide feedback and/or input into USAID’s upcoming guides intended to overcome barriers to real-time data use in development. We look forward to continuing to build the community of practice of adaptive management within the MERL community.

Session slides

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Erica Gendell

Program Analyst, USAID/Lab
Erica Gendell is a Program Analyst at the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She works on inclusive digital development and advancing the use of data and digital technologies in USAID programs. Before USAID, Erica worked for CSRA... Read More →
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Rebecca Saxton-Fox

ICT Policy Advisor, USAID
Rebecca Saxton-Fox is an ICT Policy Advisor on the Development Informatics team at USAID. She works on advancing the appropriate use of data and digital technologies in USAID programs, with a particular focus in the past few years on development and promotion of responsible data practices... Read More →

Friday September 7, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Academy Hall Breakout B 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20009