The Kenya Ushahidi Evaluation Project was 9-month Ushahidi evaluation project in partnership with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative supported by the Knight Foundation. The full evaluation project conducted by Jennifer Chan (Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, NorthWestern University, Associated Faculty at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative) and Melissa Tully (Assistant Professor, University of Iowa) started with research resulted in the creation of case studies and Ushahidi toolboxes.

Every day we share the Ushahidi toolboxes with deployers. Ms. Tully and Ms. Chan carefully distilled the finer details of Ushahidi deployment project planning and community best practices. In our post last week about the Ushahidi Kenya Evaluation, we shared case studies. Today, we are happy to provide revised Ushahidi Toolboxes.

But, we are not stopping there. These toolboxes have become the basis of some of our design discussions leading up to Ushahidi 3.0. We know that Ushahidi software needs to be more intuitive to users. Thus, we are working incorporate all the essential parts into our next software stages. Thank you again to all the community members who shared their knowledge and to Ms. Tully and Ms. Chan for this excellent contribution to our evolution.

We know that every deployer is different. Some like to get started and tinker with the software, while others like to project plan first. We would encourage every deployer to think about their project plan from start to finish, including evaluating the success and considering data research. And, remember, the best deployments take Team, Time, Training, Trust and Tenacity. Have fun and happy planning!

Ushahidi Toolbox – Assessment from Ushahidi

Ushahidi Toolbox – Implementation from Ushahidi

Ushahidi Toolbox – Real-time Evaluation from Ushahidi