SMART Updates: These are brief summaries of follow-up activities. For more details, contact the coordinator for each activity.

 

The Workshop on Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions (SMART), July 23 – 26, 2002, established a broad base consensus on the use of mortality and nutritional status indicators, and the importance of ensuring data is timely and reliable for policy and program decision making. Next steps were outlined in the Workshop Summary, August 9, 2002.

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Ř       Standardized Methodology – SMART Manual and Software: Priority has been given to activities to build the foundation for the initiative. This includes an inter-agency technical support to build capacity at all levels (including donors, implementing partners, local partners). The priority need is the development of the “SMART Manual” – i.e., survey protocol/guidelines on the standard nutritional status indices to be used, along with a software that facilitates standardized analysis. We are very grateful to Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for supporting the development of the “SMART Manual” and analytical software, and field testing in Angola. This work will be led by UNICEF, in coordination with all partners. We are just initiating this activity, and will circulate a draft for review by all partners by the end of June 2003. Coordinator: Marjatta Tolvanen, UNICEF.

 

 

Ř       Strengthening Technical Capacity of Implementing Partners: Once the SMART methodology is developed and field-tested, implementing partners will be trained. Tulane University has proposed to establish a training system that will collaborate with UNICEF, CDC, and other partners to enhance the capacity of organizations by training in the US and in the field. This will focus on on-going capacity development and to widely disseminate tools and competencies for results monitoring. The training system will include multi-media training courses, and a cascade strategy, based on the creation of a cadre of master trainers that assist participating organizations to train their staff and local partners. If funding becomes available, a program schedule will be established by the beginning of 2004. An illustrative training system was presented to US PVOs, USAID, State/PRM, and State/HIU on May 8th. The presentation is available on the website. Coordinator: Nancy Mock, Tulane University.

 

Ř       Conflict-Emergency Database (CE-DAT) – A Global Database on the Human Impact of Conflicts: Another core function being established is a multi-sourced, standardized database that will be established by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology on Disasters (CRED) and the Refugee Nutrition Information System (RNIS). This will produce an online, publicly accessible database that is a compilation of quantitative and qualitative information from numerous credible sources. The database will include a comprehensive range of information such as on conflict, famine, drought, refugees and IDPs, food security, health/nutrition data, and donor assistance. It will serve as SMART’s primary data source for trend analysis, policy recommendations, and monitoring and reporting.  Pre-conflict public health data and baseline data will be established for conflict affected countries, and trend data monitored on mortality and nutritional status for donor reporting. If funding becomes available, the database will be established and operational by end 2003. Coordinator: Debarati Sapir-Guha, CRED and Claudine Prudhon, RNIS 

 

Ř       NASA:  NASA has offered technical support and the use of its technologies for SMART field application. An initial meeting at NASA and presentation of the latest communication technologies and tools took place on May 7th   - attended by Nancy Mock (Tulane University), Anne Ralte (USAID/PPC), and Bob Walter (State/HIU). US PVOs, State/PRM and other USAID bureaus were provided a brief update on May 8th. The Information Management Working Group, led by Nancy Mock, will help evolve our collective needs into a concrete statement of needs and proposal for NASA’s support. Kindly share your ideas, input. Coordinator: Nancy Mock, Tulane University.