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Data Management in IBP and the Role of ActivityInfo in Handling Quantitative and Quantifiable Qualitative Data

Executive Summary

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) was founded in 1997 and has the objective to make public finance systems worldwide more transparent and accountable through its work, running programmes that introduce social change in very complex contexts. This calls for handling a multitude of types of data coming from various sources, in a holistic way.

Managing all the different sets of data, and finding the links between them is an ongoing challenge due to the constantly changing landscape. IBP uses ActivityInfo to track and analyse quantitative and quantifiable qualitative data on change processes that accounts for around 40% of all the tracked data.

It is used to systematically put together quantifiable information and it was introduced to the organisation as the solution to the need for a more systematic and structured data collection process.

The potential for collecting data offline via ODK and creating databases that can be comparable to each other as well as the fact that no technical consultant was needed to get started or to apply changes to the databases were some of the most important factors that led IBP to choose ActivityInfo.

Rose Nierras, Director for Country Strategies in IBP assisted the creation of this Case Study with a detailed overview of the role of information management in IBP highlighting the vast range of information that needs to be collected via a variety of tools and processes.

Suvarna Hulawale, M&E Officer in IBP, contributed to the creation of this Case Study, offering invaluable insights regarding the challenges that an M&E Officer faces in implementing a new framework, the way IBP works towards a more systematic process for quantifiable qualitative data collection and the reasons why IBP chose ActivityInfo as the data collection tool to work with.

Additionally, Vivian Ntinyari, Operations Officer for IBP in the Kenya country office enriched our understanding by offering the view from the country level perspective.

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Data Management in IBP and the Role of ActivityInfo in Handling Quantitative and Quantifiable Qualitative Data
Data Management in IBP and the Role of ActivityInfo in Handling Quantitative and Quantifiable Qualitative Data

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