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Ugly. The Good , the Bad , and the. Data Management Lessons Learned from the Somalia Protection Cluster. Nairobi – Oct 2007. Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster. Population Movement Tracking.

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Ugly

The Good, the Bad, and the

Data Management Lessons Learned from the Somalia Protection Cluster

Nairobi – Oct 2007


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Population Movement Tracking

A Protection Cluster data management system for remotely collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on Population Movements in Somalia.

  • How many people?

  • Where did they move to?

  • Where did they come from?

  • Why did they move?

  • Who are they? (mostly Women and Children?)

  • What are their needs?

  • What are their coping mechanisms?


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Population Movement Tracking

A simple data management system.

Data collection form

Database

Compiled data distributed to partners (Maps, Spreadsheets, reports, Ad-hoc queries, etc.)


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Population Movement Tracking

Lessons Learned:

1. K.I.S.S.

Vs.


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Fighting

Attacks

Insecurity

Scared

No Peace

Violence

Mortar Attacks

Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Population Movement Tracking

Lessons Learned:

2. Data Standards


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Population Movement Tracking

Lessons Learned:

3. Training and Feedback/Encouragement

4. Continuous Updates = Rapid Response


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Population Movement Tracking

Lessons Learned:

5. Demanding Users, which High Expectations and Varied Needs


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Population Movement Tracking

Lessons Learned:

6. Link with G.I.S.


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Population Movement Tracking

Lessons Learned:

7. Triangulate sources to verify data

8. Only one captain on this ship


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Population Movement Tracking

Lessons Learned:

9. $$$$$ - Small Grant funding (be careful!)

10. Metadata (disclaimers and explanations)


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Protection Monitoring

  • An inter-agency initiative to collect field-based Protection information (incidents) to:

  • Create a baseline dataset for the Protection situation in Somalia.

  • Analyze trends and indicators

  • Build the Human Rights/Protection capacity of local NGOs and civil society

  • Inform Response!


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Protection Monitoring

Lessons Learned:

1. Compromise Compromise Compromise. Job of the Protection Cluster

Build Local Capacity

Spread knowledge and respect for Human Rights

Indicators

Numbers

“Just the facts”

Protection Monitoring


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S/C

Nairobi

P.L.

S.L.

Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Protection Monitoring

Lessons Learned:

2. Information exchange based on the Population Movement Tracking model.


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Protection Monitoring

Lessons Learned:

3. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Protection” (Get good information and get it out there)


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Protection Monitoring

Lessons Learned:

4. Anticipate and respond to user needs.

5. Speak for the Protection Cluster as a whole.


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Protection Monitoring

Other Lessons Learned: (a.k.a. what NOT to do)

1. Data management is important. Leave it to the professionals.


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Protection Monitoring

Other Lessons Learned: (a.k.a. what NOT to do)

2. Too many chefs can spoil the soup.

Street Children vs. Children of the Street

Homosexuals vs. G.L.B.I.T.


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Protection Monitoring

Other Lessons Learned: (a.k.a. what NOT to do)

3. Choose the right tools for the job.

Case Management vs. Indicators


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Weekly Reports

IDP movements

Protection Cluster meetings

Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Protection Monitoring

Other Lessons Learned: (a.k.a. what NOT to do)

4. Get a fresh perspective

T H I S

There is a forest!

S T I N K S


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Data Management – Somalia Protection Cluster

Protection Monitoring

The way forward:

  • Honest conversation about stakeholders needs

  • Data management tools redesigned based on Information Management principles.

  • New data collection form (a menu from which to choose)

  • New database

  • More frequent reports and more analytical reports

Remaining Challenges:

  • Partners with low capacity

  • Yet to engage Global Protection Cluster and Protection Units at HQ

  • Response!


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