The Importance of Girls’ Voices During Emergencies… here’s how we listened

  • Be realistic about the scale of data we could handle: Keen to hear from mentors as much as possible, we started off by asking mentors to submit weekly reports, the response was impressive but soon became overwhelming for our small team and we moved to monthly reports.
  • Prioritise and scale back our data collection tool: Because we didn’t know exactly what we wanted to know when we first rolled out the data collection tool, we included too many questions, if we were doing it again, we’d narrow down the questions and be tougher on ourselves, really thinking about the need to know vs. nice to know.
  • Buy phone covers and screen protectors: This seems obvious and is something we did retrospectively but when you’re in an emergency situation, you just want to get the phones out.
  • Anticipate apps expiring: A training video that we are now working on is how to update an app when it expires. On android phones, this isn’t intuitive and was a particular challenge around WhatsApp.
Photo by Victoria Ballah, Programme Officer, Purposeful
Photo by Victoria Ballah, Programme Officer, Purposeful

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