Advancing RapidPro projects in Papua New Guinea
Through the use of mobile phone-based data collection and advocacy initiatives, UNICEF is supporting government departments to collect and communicate vital data via RapidPro to inform policy decisions.
RapidPro is UNICEF’s mobile phone based system for real-time data collection for improved monitoring of service delivery. It is a communication engine to power connections among decision makers, frontline workers and government partners.
UNCEF is driving efforts with government, NGOs and the private sector to identify and scale up technological, scientific and programmatic innovations that can contribute to high benefits for marginalized children.
Using RapidPro, government departments are collecting a broad range of real time data from school enrolment numbers to information about district level funding and cases of juvenile justice.
The following are four main partnerships that are growing into solid innovations projects.
mHealth - Optimizing Information and Communication Technology for Improving Outcomes for Maternal, New born, and Child health (MNCH)
Maternal mortality rates remain high throughout the county. Through partnership with the National Department of Health (NDoH), UNICEF launched a mobile health (mHealth) initiative using RapidPro to provide simple life-saving health information via text messages to pregnant women and new mothers in country. The mHealth project leverages RapidPro SMS messaging functionality to conduct extensive health promotion campaigns. These are focused on ensuring children are receiving vaccinations, mothers are receiving antenatal care and seeking supervised deliveries and getting up to date information about child nutrition. To date, over 400 women are receiving vital SMS messages. The pilot aims to reach over 10,000 women over the next year. UNICEF and NDoH have also developed an SMS mentoring programme to mentor health workers trained in the treatment of malnutrition.
Social Policy - Applying RapidPro for decentralized planning and reporting to support the Department of Implementation and Rural Development
UNICEF is supporting the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) to strengthen data collection, monitoring and service delivery at the district and provincial level. Once at scale, the initiative will reach 1,162 government administrators. By enabling DIRD to collect real-time data, RapidPro will help increase the responsiveness of Government to the needs of district level authorities and ensure greater accountability for spending. Data collection is ongoing in seven districts, and will be scaled up to other districts in May and June. Data collected through the system will be linked to the DevInfo data management system and will help inform policy development.
Education - Using RapidPro to facilitate the collection of school-based data (Education School Survey)
In 2015, UNICEF and the National Department of Education (NDoE) launched a process to pilot RapidPro to support the collection of school-based indicators derived from the Governments’ School Census (for elementary, primary and secondary education). The pilot targets 89 schools in five provinces with the aim to scale-up to all 11,000 schools by the end of 2016, with the potential to reach 1.9 million students. The RapidPro tool will also be used by NDoE to communicate directly with schools across the country. It is anticipated that the School Survey will be launched by May 2016.
Child Protection - Applying mobile innovation through the RapidPro platform for real time reporting on Juvenile Justice Services
DJAG Community Based Corrections and UNICEF are piloting the use of RapidPro to assist with the collection of data from Juvenile Correction Officers regarding Juvenile Justice Services across the country. A number of indicators have been identified, including on monthly monitoring of juveniles in detention, contact with parents and family, custodial sentencing and pre-sentencing diversion. By collecting information on these important indicators, the Department will be better able to understand what happens to children who come into conflict with the law and if there are gaps in the services provided to them. It is anticipated that the Juvenile Justice survey will be launched by May 2016.