Humanitarianism At Harvard
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ABOUT THE PROGRAM
- Peacebuildingdata.org, an indicator-based information platform providing data on peace, justice and reconstruction in DRC, Cambodia, Liberia, Uganda and the Central African Republic. Peacebuildingdata is the largest dataset on individuals’ views about peace and justice, and results from extensive population survey work in challenging context.
- KoBoToolbox.org, an integrated suite of applications for handheld digital data collection hosted at HHI and designed to improve the speed and accuracy of data collection, and streamline data cleaning, analysis and reporting in any emergency or conflict context.
KOBOTOOLBOX DIGITAL DATA COLLECTION
HHI reseachers Phuong Pham and Patrick Vinck created KoBo Suite, which consists of several software tools and streamlined methods to help practitioners implement rapid digital data collection projects. Together, these tools allow any practitioner to design and implement a research instrument for digital data collection, to conduct research in the field, and to then aggregate the collected data into a database. KoBo is based on the Open Data Kit, and has been widely tested in extreme conditions for ease of use and reliability.
KoBo Suite was created by a team of experienced researchers now based at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative who were confronted by the challenges of collecting data in a secure fashion, increasing the quality of survey data, and making results available rapidly after data collection. Pham and Vinck first piloted this method of handheld digital data collection in 2007 in northern Uganda. The effort gave its name to the project: KoBo means "transfer" in Acholi, one of the local languages. The development of KoBoToolbox was uniquely driven by field-based needs and challenges. KoBoToolbox continues to receive support from its amazing partners. The development of KoBoToolbox and its use in the field has been made possible by grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Below are the most recently published reports from the Vulnerable Populations Program while it was hosted at UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center. For the full list of the program's publications, please go here.
Patrick Vinck, PhD
Director of the Vulnerable Populations Program, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Phuong Pham, PhD
Director of the Program on Evaluation and Implementation Science, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative