ReportHub Rollout for the WASH Sector in Nigeria
During the first week of March 2019, iMMAP rolled out ReportHub, an online decision-support system
to assist with the integrated reporting and tracking of interventions in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in northeast Nigeria.
ReportHub is a modular, customizable, user-friendly reporting tool that has been deployed in several emergency contexts in Africa and the Middle East, with extensive flexibility to track response activities in the different humanitarian clusters or sectors at the lowest administrative level.
In the Nigeria context, the customization of the system started in July 2018 with sector consultations on the need for a complimentary tool that, in addition to monitoring the response by sector, would track the operational presence of humanitarian partners by sector, by state and by Local Government Area (LGA). iMMAP hence customized and successfully piloted the platform with the WASH sector. Now it has deployed it.
Following the completion of the data migration exercise in February 2019, the tool is currently being used by the WASH sector partners, and it is replacing the Integrated Reporting System (IRS), also developed by iMMAP. All historical data that was previously tracked using IRS is now accessible in ReportHub and can be used to effectively analyze trends in WASH over the past years.
A key advantage of ReportHub over IRS and other similar tools is its ability to reduce data management time by up to 75% whilst improving data reporting accuracy. Its ability to allow humanitarian actors—including humanitarian response teams, government, donors, and others to have access to the same data source will limit data inconsistency and improve process integrity. The advantage to beneficiaries is a better response by sector partners as ReportHub allows for better gap analysis at the lowest reporting levels.
ReportHub´s 5W dashboard in northeast Nigeria
The system also eliminates previous data collection issues such as double counting by reporting partners. One way it achieves this is by having partners register individual projects once a year. By doing so, they only need to input new data without the need to re-register their organization repeatedly. A user will be able to view what they, and other partners, have previously reported—down to camp or settlement level.
ReportHub has an inbuilt function to visualize data—producing snapshots of selected activities turns data into actual information. Users can now readily get analytical information with the essential detail required, in an interactive, close-to-real-time manner. WASH sector partners are currently being trained, and system rollout to other sectors is underway.
ReportHub geographical data visualization capabilities