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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Thursday, May 19 • 14:00 - 14:45
From Idea to Implementation: Generating mHealth Projects LIMITED

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Trying to identify field and user-level ideas for mhealth projects in a diverse, multi-country NGO is a significant challenge. Often, ideas are developed at a high level of large organizations and fail to capture potential high impact activities. IRC has developed a process to guide field teams through a methodology to generate and then evaluate mhealth ideas to move towards quicker implementation of high value concepts. The process was developed through the analysis of lessons learned from over 60 IRC mobile technology projects, and has been refined through a number of field visits The approach is most effective when presented to a cross-section of field staff from different levels of staff responsibilities - front line health workers, supervisory staff, and managerial positions.

The framework beings with an explanation of 4 key impact areas where IRC has seen significant benefit from incorporating mobile technology: increasing provider capacity, increasing beneficiary knowledge, strengthening health systems, and use of mobile data collection. Examples of projects are provided per category. Teams are encouraged to apply these benefits to their own program and identified ideas are grouped by category. The ideas are then evaluated against a set of considerations to assess the feasibility of the proposed project. Considerations include mobile network coverage, staffing resources, logistical availability, and user familiarity with technology. Concepts that satisfy all of the considerations are further refined for pilot testing and development. The framework is normally presented as set of slides, guided discussions, and exercises - with a key set of action plans developed.

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Paul Amendola

Technical Advisor for Health Information, International Rescue Committee
Paul Amendola, MPH, is the Technical Advisor for Health Information Systems at the International Rescue Committee and is based in New York. The primary focus of his work is increasing data quality and analysis through data training, reviewing and advising on information systems. He... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45 EAT
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