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 • 10:15 - 10:45
Scaling Innovations: From Pilot to Rollout FILLING

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Not all ideas can be scaled...

Often ICT4D interventions focus on pilot programs and short-term studies and assume that results can be generalised and scaled with few changes. This short session will explore how pilot programs can be 'designed for scale' as well as discuss some of the key technical, political, and operational obstacles that must be navigated in order to take innovative projects to scale.

To focus our discussion we will take the example of the Integrated eDiagnostic Approach (IeDA), an open source mobile application developed by Terre des Hommes to guide health workers during patient evaluation, classification and prescription of children under 5 in Burkina Faso. From its inception in 2014, IeDA has now been piloted in over 180 primary healthcare centres in Burkina Faso and helped health workers conduct over 200,000 consultations. IeDA is now expanding both within the country and beyond. What has worked to enable scalability, what hasn't and what still needs to be done?

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Dr. Benjamin Hounsell

Head of Implementation Research and Methods, Samuel Hall
With over 12 years experience in developing and evaluating new technology innovations, my interests focus on researching and evaluating innovations and processes that enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of development projects. At Samuel Hall, I lead the Implementation Research... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 10:15 - 10:45 EAT
Jambo Conference Hall - Table 3