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Hi Chris,
Thanks for your feedback and encouragement! We're aiming to see the project go to scale in Vietnam and in other S.E Asia countries, which are prone to disaster. There is a lot of potential for SMS and Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) to be used for data collection in disaster/emergency response - particularly as mobile network coverage and data speeds increase. Cheers!

Hello OpenIDEO,

Thank you for the feedback. Your questions are great, as we continue to evolve our thinking and strive improvement! Hopefully we our responses to the feedback below, provide more insight into our idea.

-Based on your knowledge and experience, is this a new approach or bold way of answering the challenge question?

We believe that this innovation is a new approach in addressing the challenge of rapid and timely data collection in the education sector, in the event of disaster. In the context of Vietnam, our innovation is unique and we are the only organisation working on this type of innovation. Compared to the current government MIS, our innovation can be considered as user friendly and could be adoptable to the situation during any disaster.

To support our regional "Education Safe from Disaster" strategy for Asia and the Pacific, we will explore a regional version of this innovation. Through our networks and footprint in the Asia and Pacific region, we are well positioned to replicate this innovation in 2 countries in the next 3-4 years.

-How will you ensure that your data is accurate?

TextIt for EiE generates data directly from the source, meaning school teachers who are on the ground. The direct transfer of data from its source eliminates some of the errors experienced when going through multiple channels of reporting, which ensures the accuracy of information. The data is also collected and transferred in real time, which again helps ensure data accuracy. However, at some point there is a need to triangulate the information and the situation changes from time to time. In this regard, regular updates will be required to generate the information need for verification. In worse situation, a follow-up call can be done to seek explanation for the data in question.

During the capacity building or training, we can emphasize the need to have accurate data. We will also support MOET to develop toolkits for data collection.

-Does the plan include enabling children currently outside the education system to access education?

The education system in Vietnam offers compulsory primary and secondary education. In this regard, children outside of the education system is likely to very small. There might be some instances where children are not in school, especially for children with disabilities. To deal with this, we can expand the SMS questions that are sensitive to children with disabilities, in addition to specific need of girls.

-How quickly can the data be acted on?

The efficiency of TextIt has been verified during the trial of the prototype during the 2016 flood in Quang Binh Province. The information was collected from the field within 48 hours, and after receiving the information, Save the Children was able to tailor its response to the needs highlighted by the school directors. See case study and infograph attachment on the use of TextIt for the Flood Response in 2016.

-Who is doing the assessment of the data when it comes in?

The system itself can summarize information in real-time for quick analysis. Every interaction with a flow creates a datapoint that is automatically associated with each user. TextIt lets you easily get that data into Excel for further analysis, or we can real-time analytics to compare datasets across populations

Those involved in the planning process (initially SC and MOET) can further analyse the data, to design and implement their response in conjunction with the provincial education staff to ensure the best possible response for teachers and students.

-Is there a way to automate the process to make assessment quicker?

Semi-automation and real-time analytics is one of the key features already in-built. This eliminates the risk of human error in summarizing the information and could promote quicker assessment.

Hi Rebecca, Thanks for your great question. From our understanding, we can use Vietnamese in the Textit flows to communicate because all of our focal point at schools are teachers and school principals who are primarily using Vietnamese at school. Besides, not too many minority groups have their own written language, they only have speaking language so using Vietnamese should be the option at the moment.
I hope this may help you.