On Demand Knowledge Bank
HNI first evaluates the knowledge chain: identifying strengths, gaps and inefficiencies within the entire chain. HNI then collaborates with public, private and non-governmental organizations to: 1) create a knowledge bank of critical development information; and 2) distribute this information to communities nationwide. HNI solutions include feedback mechanisms that allow persons and groups to ask questions and offer suggestions.
Through this approach, HNI ensures not only that people are able to access and use the relevant information whenever, wherever they need it; but that those people can directly influence the development of their knowledge bank- bringing an unprecedented level of coordination and community participation to development.
Mobile Phone Data Collection and Communication
In the developing world, lack of access to the internet and unreliable infrastructure present unique challenges to the ability of organizations to collect data from the field and communicate with staff. Data collection and transmission are often delayed. Data is lost, or in the worst case scenarios, simply not collected.
HNI works within organizations to design and implement ICT services that:
Enhance the organization's ability to communicate with staff, community based agents, and headquarters;
Enable data collection via the most appropriate and cost-effective ICT platforms;
Integrate mobile data collection with existing database applications;
Improve efficiency and reduce costs.
HNI creates Data Collection and communication services that allow organizations and their staff to use portable data assistants (PDAs), smartphones, and standard cell phones to transmit data to central locations. These paperless ICT solutions allow field workers to use simple text messaging to enter data into the organization's central database. The result is immediate, accurate and verifiable.
Organizations use HNI data collection applications in evaluation, monitoring, grievance reporting, behavior change campaigns among others.