This will be the first ever event to include the in-person expertise of the core mWater team who together represent internationally acclaimed work in management, health, water quality, data, and technology. In addition to training, each day the team will provide private office hours for consulting on the topics of creating a management system, using established indicators for comparable data with the larger WaSH community, creating reports and dashboards, using mWater test kits for water quality monitoring, and many other topics as requested from attendees.
The broader community of attendees is also a value of this event. Each time we hold a training, we share the best practices we have discovered from working with over 10,000 WaSH professionals around the world. Here, they can share in person and network for future collaborations.
When and where
This event will be generously hosted by Water.org at their Kansas City Headquarters. The dates will be Monday, February 27 through Wednesday, March 1.
Cost of attendance
The fee for each participant is $1000. This does not include transportation and lodging. Participants will need to arrange to fly into Kansas City International Airport. Uber and Lyft are widely available for transportation. We are currently working to secure a discount deal with a hotel within walking distance of the venue to reduce lodging and transportation costs.
Training of Trainers: a best practices approach for training enumerator teams for frontend data collection in the field.
Among our greatest domains of expertise is how to take individuals who have never touched a smart phone and turn them into digital enumeration experts within a few days. This training of trainers will include basics like the best approach for teaching first time smartphone users profiency with mobile fluency, introducing new enumerators to the mWater Surveyor app, ethics for effective and respectful data collection, and (most important!) troubleshooting problems when something goes wrong, ranging from user error to identifying and reporting software bugs.
Creating monitoring systems.
Building on our experience of advising monitoring systems for local governments, utilities, NGOs, the UN, World Bank, and USAID in 93 countries, mWater experts will help users create or improve their data-driven monitoring systems.
Beginning at the indicator level and working backward all the way to creating well-designed forms, this day will include using indicators, designing effective survey instruments, translating surveys using the new in-portal translate interface, and using various question types in forms.
The day will end in a tutorial on how to clean data as it comes in, in real time by evaluating visualizations and datagrids; and accepting/rejecting submitted surveys.
Managing and sharing data in maps, dashboards, datagrids, and elsewhere.
While all three days will be intimately involved with the end goal of creating data that tells impact-creating stories, this day brings it home with a focus on data-driven dashboards, reports, maps, and other platforms for sharing the results of your work.
The details of dashbaords and maps include creating widgets, writing data queries, and balancing filters and layers. User interfaces for the views of your data differ greatly depending on whether the audience is donors, collaborators, colleagues, enumerators, or end users of your WaSH products.
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