HOW CAN WE facilitate virtual data collection in low digital literacy areas FOR researchers and evaluators IN ORDER TO SOLVE the challenge of not being able to conduct in-person fieldwork during the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that the data collected would remain reliable, unbiased, valid, representative, etc.
The Solution: EvalHub
During this time of global pandemic, when normal Evaluation processes are severely limited, it is often overlooked that remote data collection methods are not viable in communities with low digital literacy. Yet these are often the communities where it is most important for donors and implementers to understand the impact of their programs, as they are often the most vulnerable. EvalHub targets not just the issue of expanded need for remote fieldwork, but the issue that these remote methods are not easily utilized in all communities and the need for evaluations to continue in the new normal settings.
EvalHub is a platform that allows evaluators to continue their work in areas where they are unable to complete in-person data collection (either due to COVID-19 or other circumstances) and data literacy is relatively low among the general population. Through EvalHub, evaluators are connected to local community members willing to be trained as data collection facilitators. Once trained and certified, these facilitators are eligible to assist in their communities with basic data collection efforts such as interviews, surveys, or observation. EvalHub will also host a centralized database of evaluators and facilitator profiles, as well as project summaries.
Who benefits from EvalHub?
- Evaluators needing to conduct in-country fieldwork but unable to travel
- Local community members that are trained as data collection facilitators and receive payment for their work
- Wider beneficiary communities, as this solution reinforces a growing trend of local participation in the evaluation process
- Donors and program implementers that want to see data on the impact of the projects they are funding/administering
“This is such a good idea. Very innovative. A unified database of facilitators and of the tools would be of great help. Also, an added value is that facilitators will be able to be paid through this platform."
"This prototype might be of great help, firstly, because it will facilitate evaluator's efforts to find the right local facilitator, and secondly, because of the bank of methods and tools the evaluator and facilitator can have access to."
EvalHub Database Structure:
Arunjana Das (United States), Cyrus Reginald (India), Edita Bednarova (Slovakia), Kenneth Otikal (Uganda), Mary Ann Aabye (United States), and Olga Morozan (Moldova)
Following the link below to our team GoogleDrive, which contains all brainstorming and project documentation.