Information System (MIS)

Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?


The Brussels Development Briefing n.40 on the subject of “Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?” was held in Brussels on 18th February 2015 at the ACP Secretariat.

What is the future of official statistics in the Big Data era?


Digital data are increasingly changing the shape of our world. At the same time, attention is also being paid to the woeful state of development data. 

This public event brought together leading experts who explored the potential of Big Data to transform national statistical systems as well as concerns about the reliability and representativeness of these data, and over ethics, privacy, and the blurring of lines between formal and informal data sources. 

ODI event: Tackling poverty: How multidimensional poverty measurement reveals who is poor, how they are poor, and where poverty has fallen


Watch the recorded presentations of the ODI event. In this event, the updated Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2014 was presented, an international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries which provides invaluable insights for the post-2015 development agenda. 


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ICTs for Monitoring & Evaluation of Peacebuilding Programs


Author: Corlazzoli, V.
Publication date: 2014

The purpose of this paper is to explore the incorporation of information and communications technologies into the monitoring and evaluation systems of peacebuilding programmes. The paper focuses on exploring the application of the following ICTs: mobile technology, social media, big data, the digitzation of surveys, and tools to better visualize data. 

Complexity, Modeling, and Natural Resource Management


Authors: Cilliers, P. et alii. (for the Resilience Alliance)
Publication date: 2013, In: Ecology and Society 18 (3): 1

This paper contends that natural resource management (NRM) issues are, by their very nature, complex and that both scientists and managers in this broad field will benefit from a theoretical understanding of complex systems. It starts off by presenting the core features of a view of complexity that not only deals with the limits to our understanding, but also points toward a responsible and motivating position.

TED Talk: Ben Goldacre: Battling bad science


Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they're right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry.


Performing Data Collection using Mobile Devices


The Research Data Management Support Service organised a seminar on Mobile Data Collection. The seminar bought together experts from the Karonga Prevention Study, Tazama project and ORION project to share their experience of working with mobile devices in the field, highlighting the successes, failures, and challenges that they’ve encountered. 

The session built upon a Mobile Data Collection briefing paper produced by Dan Arthur of IT Services on the software tools available for use.

DeMIStifying MIS : guidelines for management information systems in social funds


Authors: Lecuit, Luc; Elder, John; Hurtado, Christian; Rantrua, Francois; Siblini, Kamal; Tovo, Mauricio 
Publication Date: 1999 

This report identifies critical aspects of management information systems (MIS), suggests ways of organizing preparation of an MIS, and provides practical advice for those involved in the design and management of MIS for social funds and others working on similar types of demand-driven projects.

Smart tools for evaluating the performance of information products and services


Author: CTA 
Publication Date: 2002 

In November 2002, KIT, CTA, and IICD organised a workshop on Smart tools for evaluating the performance of information products and services at KIT in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Other LEAP IMPACT partners were also involved in the initiative, many of whom represented various organisations in African, Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) states, Canada and Europe.