The International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, approached us to help them with the design and development of a regional collaboration platform for monitoring the commitments of the Montevideo Consensus on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Eight regional networks would participate in the monitoring, which would ultimately assess the adherence to the Consensus commitments by 26 countries. To achieve the evaluation, a tool that would allow an extensive and distributed team across the continent to gather evaluation data in an easy and orderly manner was necessary.
A second phase of the project consisted in the publication of the evaluation. This now allows anyone to enter a friendly and easy-to-read website, and from it get clear information on how the countries of the region have followed up on their commitments.
Power to collaborate
Making a regional assessment of varied and complex issues with the help of a large and distributed team is not something that can be easily achieved by exchanging Excel files. To track the evaluation status, concentrate the data, obtain useful information from them and then convert them into ready-to-publish material, it is necessary to have a powerful collaboration tool.
We developed a platform, using Drupal, with detailed control of user permissions, document management, notes, comments, a complex system of evaluation of answers and topics. Thus, we achieved that more than 200 people collaborate in the evaluation and that all their work was published on the public website.
Doing all this evaluation work and keeping it private would not be useful. For it to serve, it is necessary that it is exposed in such a way that governments and organizations can use it to make their countries accountable.
Manually publishing a site composed of thousands of pages each time the evaluation changes is not feasible. We made a publishing tool that extracts the most recent evaluation data and converts it into a static, fast and secure website. Thus, the research team can continue working on the next version of the evaluation while a site is published. When they are ready to update the site, they just run the publishing routine again and in a few minutes the site will be refreshed.
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