What is the Gap Tracker?
We are using the Gap Tracker tool co-created by Bush Tinker partnership with three other organizations. The tool is used in various communities to collect and analyse data with the aim of identifying COVID-19 Gaps that exist in communities. Furthermore, the information on COVID-19 response gaps existing in communities is shared with authorities, Civil Society Organizations(CSOs), Media houses, and NGOs; in order for them to take prompt action to address COVID-19 response gaps/needs in those communities.
Why Create a Gap Tracker for COVID-19?
As one of the poorest country in Africa, with a per capital income of just over $500 USD, Sierra Leone has communities that are now affected by both the health and the economic impact of COVID-19. As a result of this, it is crucial that central and local governments, local and international partners have data backed information on how communities are affected by COVID-19. Authorities access to such information highlighting the existing gaps/needs in communities will be effective to guide a smart COVID-19 response efforts by authorities to meet needs of communities.
Method of Data Collection
We are using Open Data Kits (ODK) to collect data from marginalized communities and use data analysis and visualization tools to get insights from collected data and learn about the various gaps that exist in marginalized communities. ODK tools such as Kobocollect are installed on mobile phones which are then used to collect data. We chose this approach of going to marginalized communities and collect data due to the low internet penetration and the low use of smart phones that would have enabled a remote data collection process.
Use of Data
As our commitment to supporting authorities and various organization who are working with marginalized communities, our data sets, analysis and visualization are freely available for public use. We hope to continue aggregating data sets on marginalized communities into a repository that can guide stakeholders through data backed decision making to fill gaps that exist in marginalized communities.