The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Tuesday, May 17 • 16:45 - 17:30
Improving Diverse Data-Collection, Improving Education LIMITED

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Through funding from the UK Department for International Development's (DFID) Girls Education Challenge (GEC), Theatre for a Change (TfaC) is implementing Tiphunzire! (Let's learn!), a set of intervention activities that aim to improve the access, retention and learning outcomes of marginalized girls in 225 primary schools throughout Malawi.
There are 315 teachers running the programme trained by TfaC and with a small staff base TfaC needs to collect field data from rural communities creatively and reliably. Technology provides the opportunity to do this in depth and in real time.
Based on an mHealth model, TfaC trains all project teachers in the collection of data and the use of the data collection platform Mobenzi. Participant teachers receive a project smart-phone which provides the designated reports, delivered immediately to the Mobenzi server, ready for analysis. In conjunction with a standardised monthly report, the project collects a wide range of data and attitudinal indicators. The monthly report alone has gathered over a million data points, and this real-time data on: attendances, project effectiveness and attitudinal change has changed the nature of the project dramatically. Enhanced by both quantitative and qualitative data being collected effortlessly side-by-side.
As a result, the feedback loops have tightened and the project is able to analyze patterns quickly to understand what strategies works and what needs more focus. The low staff resources and high yield technology has brought to the project cannot be underestimated and TfaC is committed to utilising this feature for improving the educational outcomes for the most marginalized throughout Malawi.

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Steven Hallam

Education MEL Manager, Theatre for a Change
Steven Hallam works as the MEL Manager for the Education Programme at Theatre for a Change. In the past he has worked on crime prevention programmes in London. In the past he was an English teacher in South Korea. He has a MSc Policy Economics and a BSc International Management. His... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:45 - 17:30 EAT
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