Editor: In this article Sam Adams shares some of his achievements and highlights from his experience at ILRI. Sam has been a consulting member of the RHoMIS team for the past two years. We wish him all the best in his new venture.
It is an established best practice for development organisations to conduct benchmarking research (also known as a ‘situation analysis’ or ‘baseline survey’) before initiating a project or other development intervention. This paves the road to sound planning of activities, to monitoring and evaluating the effects of projects and programmes, and to carry out adaptive programming. RHoMIS is now a proven tool for such benchmarking assessments.
In this article, we report on how our partners used the RHoMIS survey to conduct a situational analysis in order to facilitate the identification and planning of locally-relevant development investments.
Editor: We are excited today to announce our first public release of RHoMIS data and corresponding article in the journal Nature. The dataset includes surveys from over 13,000 households in 21 countries. In this article, Mark van Wijk shares about the release and how you can access the data.
Editor: The NGO TREE AID have been using the RHoMIS tool for almost three years, with over twelve implementations of the survey. We have provided a customised questionnaire and data analysis code to support their excellent work. Following on from their recent blog article ‘Using Technology to maximise our impact’, we interviewed David Baines, their Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Advisor. The interview below helps us to understand a bit more about how RHoMIS is used and the impact we have had on international development.
Dan works for the RHoMIS team in Bristol, UK, processing and analysing household survey data to provide insight. He has a background in economic geography and development both in the UK and internationally.
Editor: We are pleased to welcome a new member to the RHoMIS team, Dan Milner. Joining us at the end of 2019, Dan has already injected fresh energy, expertise and a passion for GIS and data management. In this brief article he shares a little of his background, where he has already used RHoMIS extensively in his Postgraduate studies, as well as what he hopes to achieve in the role.
As 2019 draws to a close, the RHoMIS team are celebrating a productive and enjoyable year. We have seen RHoMIS grow to a new level of establishment, with clearer systems and communications, and another 10,000 rural households interviewed.
This is a short blog article as we wrap up the year and prepare for some well-earned rest. Our team are on holiday for the rest of December and early January. Please bear with us while we take this time of rest and reflection with family. We will be back from January 6.
2020 promises to start in the same vein as 2019, with new surveys already scheduled for Vietnam, Cambodia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Mali!
Finally, thank you to all of the community of practice who have added to RHoMIS over 2019. It has been a pleasure working with colleagues and associates both new and old. We look forward to continued teamwork and collaboration next year.
The RHoMIS blog is written by a community of practice. The COP is made up of RHoMIS users and creators from across the world. Here we share their stories of how RHoMIS is helping to record and analyse household data.
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