Thursday (November 7) night at the tcworld Conference this year was like none other for me. Normally a relaxing second moment in the middle of this particular conference, this time I had only one thing on my mind: An enormous typhoon was barreling toward the central Philippines, and Translators without Borders was being asked to activate a team to help deal with the chaos that was bound to ensue.
While much of our focus is currently on supporting pilots of the KnowledgePoint system, in parallel we are opening up our question and answer service.
Running the live site has been fantastic, providing great feedback on improvements we need to make – on top of successfully helping people with enquiries.
Interestingly, the majority of enquiries currently appear to be about prevention rather than cure – which is great, though I had initially anticipated questions would be more along the lines of ‘something is broken’.
Last month we wrote that software development doesn’t happen overnight, a line that continues to ring true as the project develops. Despite the slow start however, we seem to be off to a good start at last.
This month we examine the results of our baseline food security survey in Galkayo, Somalia. Also some thoughts about how our calls will be implemented.
Insights from Galkayo
After analysis of the face to face survey carried out in Galkayo in September, we now know much more about prospective mVAM respondents. We’ve also determined the extent to which they differ from the general population – not much, it turns out.
How did we select mVAM respondents? : a note on sampling
It’s been a while since our last update here regarding our Speed Evidence Project. There has been a lot going on, with the biggest news being that we now have a working information management portal. By no means is it pretty or full of all the bells and whistles, but it works and we are excited by it! It has also been great to share demonstrations of it with lots of people and organisations. We have been stunned by the reaction of people so far, especially by people in other organisations, which have been far more positive at this point in the project than we ever dreamed of.
This year the International Day for Disaster Reduction will focus on how disabled people are affected by disasters. Motivation’s Al Lamb talks here about how we can genuinely include disabled people in disaster response.
Now that the beta version of the Humanitarian Genome prototype is almost ready for launch with our partners, we have changed our focus to make acquaintance with the Humanitarian Genome easier and smoother for new users. In order to do so, it is crucial to find ways to communicate what the Humanitarian Genome actually is: what it can do, how users may use it and what users can do if they need support. We have thought of different mediums and strategies to answer these requirements and some have been shared in our previous blog.