Hi, I was going to keep a log of how we were using IATI data for COVID in Palestine as a feed into the guidance on COVID for data users discussed on the webinar.
So far (10th April) d-portal shows us 5 activities with thanks to Oxfam and DFID for being so fast - that is the first lesson, coordination decisions about what to fund are being taken on a weekly basis so for COVID, if IATI data is going to be any use, we need weekly (if not daily publishing).
The second feedback is that we currently have to do multiple searches e.g.:
- On d-portal for "COVID" (which also captures COVID-19)
- on d-portal for 'Coronavirus" (none yet but seen in other countries, and globlaly) and then
- A techie (is this available via the interface?) version of d-portal for the GLIDE code:
- An even more comprehensive search on the new datastore but that I don’t think can be done via the user interface - and weirdly the datastore only has 2 projects where d-portal has 5?
Once all those searches have been done, we have to combine all the different results, remove all the duplication/double counting, and then add it to all the data from non-IATI publishers.
- A search on the FTS database.…which has many activities which are not in d-portal
- An excel based tracking sheet sent out to country offices of partners
As of 10th April, D-portal has 5 activities when searching for COVID, 4 activities when searching by GLIDE code, the new Datastore has 2 activities, the FTS has 46 activities (many are global) and our in-country dataset has well over 100 projects - from both IATI and non-IATI publishers.
So far we have found:
A) IATI is helpful for us to find actors who are delivering outside of the formal plans/working groups
B) IATI is not rapid enough (except for Oxfam), and not consistent across the different IATI portals, or e.g. compared to the FTS (I really wish they would restart publishing FTS data in IATI format)
C) On a single activity basis IATI can tell us how much money is flowing, but not across multiple publishers - due to the difficulty in working out which activities are the same project just from different publishers
D) No activity titles are in Arabic etc - so we have to translate them for our colleagues in all the Ministries.
E) We see how using different options helps publishers - but unless there is a way to search all the different options in one search query (and through the interface non-techies can access) then the different ways of reporting make a huge mess for us and make it probably not worth the effort.
I will try to keep this up to date as the situation progresses - hopefully with just a few tweaks this can be improved substantially.