These resources are intended for either IT or Programme Staff looking to learn more about specific applications of technology for programme areas or methodologies for innovation.
In addition to the general project management skills for T4D, UNICEF staff may want to familiarize themselves with specific applications of technology or innovative design processes that could be useful for programme needs. Real-time data collection, health care, emergency response, and citizen reporting include just a few fields where rapid advances in technology are being made. Keeping up with these trends is important in order to help UNICEF staff make good business decisions about potential vendors and to understand the challenges of implementing these solutions. In addition to trainings and workshops, there are number of guides and frameworks that can be used for the conceptualization and planning of specific T4D and innovation projects.
Recommendations for building subject matter skills for T4D:
- While there are multitude of exciting technologies and projects that exist, Country Offices should approach these resources with some caution. It is essential that a technology is not chosen before thorough problem definition and business analysis. Projects should be programme need-driven, not technology solution-driven.
- As UNICEF works to improve MoRES and especially Level 3 Monitoring, the benefits of real-time data collection should be carefully assessed to find the best way to integrate these into UNICEF’s M&E Operations.
- It should be noted that Tech Change offers group rates for their online courses. Country Offices interested in specific trainings should contact the Regional Office in order to coordinate participation for these trainings.
|Stanford d.School||Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking||90 minute Webinar: Design thinking, Free|
|TechChange||Introduction to Mobile Money||2 hour Webinar: Mobile money, cash transfer, Free|
|TechChange||The Art of Advocacy||Webinar: Social media, information campaigns, outreach, Free|
|TechChange||Open Government||Informational Video: Open government, Citizen reporting, Free|
|TechChange||Digital Organizing and Open Government||Informational Video: Open government, Citizen reporting, Free|
|TechChange||TC109: Technology for Conflict Management and Peacebuilding||Online Course: GIS, Participatory Mapping, conflict analysis, $445|
|TechChange||TC103: Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management||Online Course: Crisis mapping, crowd mapping, $445|
|TechChange||TC309: mHealth- Mobile Phones for Public Health||Online Course mHealth and Public Health, $445|
|TechChange||TC110: Social Media for Social Change||Online Course: Social media platforms, big data, strategy, $445|
|TechChange||TC105: Mobiles for International Development||Online Course: Data collection, banking, agriculture, surveys, $445|
|TechChange||TC141: Mapping for International Development||Online Course: GIS, Open data mapping, Ushaidi, $445|
|TechChange||TC104: Digital Organizing and Open Government||Online Course: Social Media analytics, big data, crowdhall, capacity building, $445|
|Keystone||Theory of Change, Impact Assessment||Consulting and Trainings: Theory of Change and designing impact assessments|
Tools and Resources:
|frog design||Collective Action Toolkit||Toolkit/worksheets: Participatory/Community planning, ideation, prototyping|
|Ideo.org||HCD Toolkit||Toolkit/worksheets: Human Centred Design|
|UNICEF||Child-Friendly Technology Framework||Toolkit/worksheets: Project design and planning, concept notes|
|UNICEF||mHealth Framework||Planning Framework: mHealth project design, stakeholder mapping|
|Feedback Labs||Citizen Reporting||Research and blog: Open government, Citizen reporting|
|mHealth Alliance||Various mHealth Research||Research and Publications: mHealth applications|
|mHealth Alliance||Health Unbound (HUB) Knowledge Sharing Platform||Peer-to-Peer/Communities of Practice: Various mHealth topics|
|mHealth Alliance||mHealth Expert Learning Program (mHELP)||Consulting and Toolkits: Aimed at building the expertise and capacity of global health stakeholders using mobile technology for health by connecting them directly to consultations, tools and a network of highly qualified experts in the field.|
|MIT||Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation||M&E Tool:Measuring impact of technology tools.|
Sample Terms of Reference:
UNICEF Global Innovations has compiled sample Terms of Reference for Innovation Lab staff. The following could be useful for subject matter-specific competencies:
- Full Time Designer
- Program Office for Youth Engagement
- Ushaidi Mapping Deployment
See the sample ToRs here: http://www.unicefinnovationlabs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/TOR-Annex.pdf
For more information:
- For the full list of Training Resources: ESARO T4D Capacity Building Resources