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Adolescents sexual and reproductive health dashboard for Tanzania

dLab aims to develop a sexual and reproductive national dashboard that maps inequalities and drive interventions by stakeholders.

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Opportunity Areas – Select those that apply

  • Data

What specific problem(s) are you trying to address? (300 character limit)

With different CSOs and NGOs working on youth and community SRH education, there are still areas where the education problem is prevalent. The dashboard will provide a platform for intervention data sharing, analysis and drive a data based interventions both on the ground and policies.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address? (500 character limit)

Some of the interventions are working in some areas, but there are still problems prevalent in others. There is no platform that allows different stakeholders to share their intervention performance data and allow others to get to know what is working and what is not. This idea looks to link all the operating organizations in this field and enable them to map interventions with the performance, through data sharing, analysis and visualization provided by the platform.

Who are your end users? (1000 character limit)

This platform will be used by the following users:- 1. CSOs/NGOs and government agencies working on SRH education. These will provide data (or use data) to bring about right interventions in the areas that they are working. They will also bring about policy change on issues pertaining SRH. 2. The young people will also get an education through relevant materials sharing through the platform. These materials and contents will be obtained from the CSOs/NGOs and through data they will be digested to educative data based visuals that will be availed to youth and spread a context based education on mapped areas that need education.

Explain your idea. (500 character limit)

The SRH dashboard is a platform where different organizations working in SRH education for youth share data, and the analysis of the impact their interventions are making to be done. After the analysis, each organization impacts are mapped against the geographical areas where they are applied for others to learn about the approach and results to influence their own actions/interventions. Some of the NGOs/CSOs that will benefit with the platform came together in a roundtable for the decision.

What is your value proposition? (500 character limit)

The platform offers a place where:- 1. The existing organization can assess the impact of their interventions against others 2. The organizations wanting to operate on SRH can learn about the shortcomings of the existing interventions and adapt theirs accordingly 3. Data based education visuals for the CSOs and NGOs that will reach the youth and the community through the platform.

What's different about your idea compared to current solutions? (500 character limit)

In the existing environment, the organizations work in silos with little use of data to make decisions on the right interventions for different areas. The platform will not only enable them to share data, but also to use data to bring about the right intervention needed in a specific area. This dashboard will be a nationwide one, and will feed into policy decisions by the government and organizations in the sector.

What are the key reasons why end users would turn to your organization over another?

  • Performance: Improving performance

What would success look like for your end users? (500 character limit)

The idea will address the problems in the following ways:- 1. A dashboard integrated tool to collect relevant data from various organizations interventions and analyze them and post the results on the dashboard. 2. A learning portal that is part of the platform that use data backed story telling through visuals to educate the youth. 3. A map of different intervention geographic locations and approach for others to know what intervention is working and in which place need similar interventions

How would you measure the impact your idea has on your end user(s) ? How will you measure the success of your program? (500 character limit)

The following performance indicators will be used to measure the impact of the idea on end users 1. Increase in number of youth getting an SRH education as a result of using the platform 2. The increase in the number youth receiving the SRH education in the areas mapped for interventions 3. The number of SRH organizations able to make the right interventions as the result of using the platform. 4. The number of youth receiving the right intervention as a result of SRH education

What strategies will/are you testing to acquire end users? (300 character limit)

To acquire the end users, the dLab held a stakeholders roundtable in which the problems were discussed and the use case leading to this platform was agreed. Going forward, the stakeholders roundtables and meet ups will be held to review the progress as the development continues.

Key partnerships - Who will you partner with to make your idea work? (500 character limit)

The dLab will partner with UMATI, which is an autonomous, not for profit, non-political national NGO providing Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information, education and services in Tanzania. With its experience in SRH, UMATI will contribute in educational contents for the dLab to visualize in a bid to provide education to the youth through the platform. Currently, we are working with the ministry of Health as the major stakeholder that we will also collaborate with.

What is your organization’s name? (150 character limit)

The Tanzania data Lab (dLab)

Tell us more about you: (750 character limit)

The Tanzanian Data Lab (dLab) is an open working space where data from multiple sectors and sources can be combined, processed, and shared to drive better policies and decision-making. The dLab is a center of activity, connecting the data revolution to national priorities, global commitments and diverse programs and investments. It serves as an anchor for the Data Collaborative for Local Impact (DCLI) program, enabling data analysis and use to become more prominent in decision making in Tanzania. The dLab activities include training in data literacy and analysis, focused content-area data analytics, and the development of “use cases” to showcase how data can be used to improve lives.

Organizational Characteristics

  • Indigenous-led organization

Where will your idea be implemented? (200 character limit)

This idea will be implemented in Tanzania, with all organizations working in SRH education mapped and accessing the platform to share, analyze and use data.

What do you need to get started? (500 character limit)

Financial resources to develop and test the platform before scaling it up to a number of stakeholders involved. The lab has physical space required both to house its operations, and bring the stakeholders together. It has also got the required human resources to develop the platform and do capacity training to the stakeholders. The data science team, which is responsible for developing visuals contents out of data is one of the best in the country.

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • It is still in planning phase and does not exist yet.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organization Location (200 character limit)

The Tanzanian Data Lab (dLab) is located at the College of ICT of the University of Dar es Salaam. The University of Dar es Salaam in which the dLab runs, is a Tanzanian registered.

What is your organizational status?

  • We are not formally registered but are a formal initiative through a school / university.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Website

www.dlab.or.tz www.udsm.ac.tz

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Photo of Eunice Kajala
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Hi Moses, it is a good innovation, in the section of the measuring the impact of your idea, try to tie your measuring impact to the desired health outcomes e.g the number of youths who received HIV testing and counseling and were initiated on ARV treatment, the number of youths who received emergency contraception, the reduction of unintended pregnancies etc.

Photo of Moses Ismail
Team

Hi Eunice,
Thank you for the inputs, they are very valid and they will be part of the indicators to gauge the performances by different intervening organizations.
I will include them when and if I make the Refinement phase.

Stay blessed.

Moses

Photo of Eunice Kajala
Team

Hi Moses, I would like to work with you in one of my health ICT project sometime next year. I will inbox you once it materialize.If you don't mind, give me your email address.

Photo of Moses Ismail
Team

Hi Eunice,
Thanks for your message and I appreciate the fact that you have identified me (us) as a possible collaborator. I welcome the idea.
You can reach me through moses82004@gmail.com and/or 0754710815.
Thanks

Photo of Eunice Kajala
Team

Thanks Moses, will keep in touch.God bless you.

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