MfI's initiative launch
On Wednesday, 24th February 2021; our initiative for better data in Sierra Leone was launch to the public in the presence of key stakeholders in planning and economic development, NGOs, CSOs, and the media.
The initiative is to increase data availability, so everyone will be counted for with no one left behind; increase access to available data, so development partners and the government could make more informed decisions and learn from their work; and enhance the country's M&E capacity, so high-quality data will be collected and processed to serve valid purposes.
The Initiative has a 5 year startegic plan and a four way approach;
1. Tracking data at grassroot sources -- at community level and primary sources, improve documentation and data gathering
2. Data harmonization -- support the harmonization of different data set for national use
3. Partnership for better data -- with data sources/data generators we partner to improve data openness and availability
4. Tell the story -- identify the impact of the numbers and share in a concise and comprehensive format
Sierra Leone data discourse
MfI hosted the first Sierra Leone data discourse. Data producers, users, sources/generators, and funders in and out of the country talked through the challenges, identified opportunities for improvement, and emphasize the need for timely collaborative actions.
Sierra Leone is an underdeveloped country, struggling to avail better lives for its citizens. At the same time, it's scoring poorly on data availability and openness ranking. Data to inform socio-economic development is untimely or inaccurate leaving millions of people behind and none gender-sensitive. Accurate and timely data is needed to benchmark progress, evaluate socio-economic investments, increase availability and ensure efficiency in development. The discourse was a start for better data partnership.
SCHOOL ENROLMENT SURVEY
In partnership with over 200 schools across five districts in Sierra Leone, MfI is looking at the effect of Covid 19 in schools through a survey that tracks enrolment and practices in schools for 3 months
To provide credible and valid data, we must have a capable and diligent team of enumerators. MfI has concluded four days training for enumerators. the training was youth-centered and covers the following topics;
Principles and Methods of data collection
Developing and Administering questionnaires
Effective communication and Data collection ethics
Mobilizing logistics for data collection
MFI TRAINED YOUTHS ON THE ART OF DATA COLLECTION
African Young Voices (AYV) got it covered
FROM IDEA TO REALITY: THE EVOLUTION OF MEASURE FOR IMPACT
Two years ago, our founder had an idea to solve the issue of lack of timely and accurate data for socio-economic purposes in Sierra Leone. The dream was to build an eloquent team of tech-savvy young people that will help overcome this challenge. Bringing university graduates from different sectors and fields has made this idea a reality