Who is asking whom? Does it matter?

Jaynie Vonk Real Geek

In this blog we look at data from DRC, Zambia and the Occupied Palestinian Territory to see how interviewer and interviewee characteristics, especially gender, affect household-level information. Gender is one important factor shaping inequalities of power at play across scales, in private and public spheres and across contexts. In carrying out quantitative impact evaluations at Oxfam, we have been working to shed light …

Podcast: Coronavirus and Web Data Analysis

Simone Lombardini Methodology, Real Geek

Social media has the potential to profoundly influence the way society works. Social media has been used for understanding crowd sizes from Instagram posts and to analyse hate speech and to understand presidential elections. Or more recently to improve our understanding of the lived realities of women and girls. So, how can we gather data from social media platforms and …

Questioning the use of biometric technology in humanitarian response

Anna Kondakhchyan Humanitarian, ICT4D, Protection, Refugees and IDPs 1 Comment

Anna Kondakhchyan shares the findings of new research, Biometrics in the Humanitarian Sector, which looks into┬áthe benefits and risks of using biometric technology to register people to receive humanitarian aid. How would you feel if refusal to submit your biometric data meant you were excluded from the provision of humanitarian assistance? Biometrics, the measurement of human characteristics through technology such …

Mobile surveys: The past, the present, the future

Emily Tomkys Valteri ICT4D, Methodology Leave a Comment

Since 2013 mobile surveys have become increasingly important to our survey processes at Oxfam, and across the sector. Emily Tomkys shares some of the key learning that has contributed to the latest Mobile Survey Toolkit, now available online to all development practitioners. t has been a long journey from when most of Oxfam’s data collection used paper and pen in …