About Speed Evidence
Who owns Speed Evidence?
Speed Evidence is free for any organisation to use – the community of users and developers owns it. World Vision developed Speed Evidence for its work in humanitarian aid, however there are much broader applications for the portal than just humanitarian aid. It was developed with the financial support of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) and the technical support of Ushahidi, SMAP and FrontlineSMS with the intent of being given, for free, for use in the wider humanitarian industry and beyond.
How much does Speed Evidence cost?
Speed Evidence is free for any organisation to download and use; however any bespoke development, customisation, and training would incur costs. The hosting costs depends on your organisational current IT setup and there are operational costs such as scaled hosting to accommodate increased traffic, mobile phones for data collection, and local SMS charges. Additionally, we recommend having a dedicated staff member focusing on Information Management.
How secure is the portal?
Access to the portal will require an encrypted password, which will be controlled by the system administrator as such, assessment data and operational information will only be available to authorised users. Security applications such as encryption algorithms implemented in open source are considered more secure than proprietary solutions because the algorithms can be reviewed for faults by researchers and end users. Additionally, there is an option to protect the data being transmitted through the Internet by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology, which provides an additional layer of encryption.
Additionally, any information that is on the platform will be governed by your organisational policies around data management and data protection before any of the data is made available to the general public consumption.
What are the benefits an organisation using Speed Evidence can expect?
The overall working hypothesis of the project is that access to real-time context-based information will lead to better operational decision making
Benefits to disaster affected children and their communities:
- More targeted and context appropriate aid due to an improved and continually updated understanding of the local context
- Improved community awareness of the overall disaster situation due to better two-way communication with aid providers
- A greater sense of empowerment as the communities are enabled to contribute information into the Speed Platform
Benefits to National Offices:
- Strong evidence base to make decisions
- Management decisions are more responsive to changing context
- Strategies and programmes are more flexible and adaptable to changing contexts as communities are enabled to provide real time feedback of interventions implemented
- Frontline staff will be able to spend greater time with operations and communities due to a reduction in amount of repeat questions coming from partnership
Benefits to HQ Offices:
- Real time verified and validated information from communities and staff in disaster affected areas for use by:
- Marketing and communications to increase reputation and fundraising
- Advocacy/Policy teams to speak to donors with a strong evidence base
- Programme Officers to raise funding from institutional donors
- Better information to share with sponsors and supporters on the wellbeing of children and the potential risks they face.
- More credible external profile and partner engagement in global capitals based on improved field level real time information