Practical Insights on Lessons Learned

5 Lessons Learned in Creating Webmaker, a Mobile Content Publishing Platform

5 Lessons Learned in Creating Webmaker, a Mobile Content Publishing Platform

Published on: May 29 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 5 Lessons Learned in Creating Webmaker, a Mobile Content Publishing Platform
Recently, the Mozilla Foundation product development team set off to design a new, general purpose content publishing platform that could enable creativity among...
3 Lessons Learned in Creating Digital Development Tools

3 Lessons Learned in Creating Digital Development Tools

Published on: Apr 20 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 3 Lessons Learned in Creating Digital Development Tools
ICT has the power to propel development forward, but before you jump in head first with a new ICT tool, there are a few critical questions to consider, like: What...
8 ICT4D Recommendations for iNGOs Working in Eastern Africa

8 ICT4D Recommendations for iNGOs Working in Eastern Africa

Published on: Feb 27 2017 by Matt Haikin - Comments Off on 8 ICT4D Recommendations for iNGOs Working in Eastern Africa
Transformative successes have been achieved by those harnessing information and communication technologies (ICT) for development (ICT4D), and yet many people still...
How We Fought Ebola with Information

How We Fought Ebola with Information

Published on: Jan 25 2017 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
In December 2013, a little-known viral hemorrhagic fever in West Africa was detected in a forest region of Guinea. It was soon confirmed to be Ebola Virus Disease,...
Lessons From a MERL Tech Confessional: It’s All About Assumptions

Lessons From a MERL Tech Confessional: It’s All About Assumptions

Published on: Oct 31 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Lessons From a MERL Tech Confessional: It’s All About Assumptions
It’s been said that good science is the art of getting less wrong over time. Maybe the same principle applies to the use of technology for monitoring, evaluation,...
Process Improvements: The Forgotten Big Wins in Digital Development

Process Improvements: The Forgotten Big Wins in Digital Development

Published on: Jul 06 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Process Improvements: The Forgotten Big Wins in Digital Development
Working with ICT, we often get myopically focused on trying solving big problems, not even thinking about where technology has proven benefit: improving systems...
Mobile Data Collection: Current Practice and Lessons Learned at Plan International

Mobile Data Collection: Current Practice and Lessons Learned at Plan International

Published on: Apr 25 2016 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Smartphones and tablets offer an increasing array of applications and services that can be useful in our daily lives and work. Data collection, an important part...
5 Insights from MERL Tech

5 Insights from MERL Tech

Published on: Jan 18 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 5 Insights from MERL Tech
Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the 2015 MERL Tech conference that brought together over 260 people from 157 different organizations. I joined...
When the First Step is a Failure…

When the First Step is a Failure…

Published on: Dec 14 2015 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Last Thursday night, we had the 5th Annual Fail Festival DC, and by the tweets and photos it was an amazing event. Woven into the fun were several strong lessons...
Why Do Evaluations of eHealth Programs Fail?

Why Do Evaluations of eHealth Programs Fail?

Published on: Dec 09 2015 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Much has been written about why electronic health (eHealth) initiatives fail. Less attention has been paid to why evaluations of such initiatives fail to deliver...