In the Executive Summary we report on our findings along five domains and try to provide some first answers to the following questions:
1. The Role of Information Management: what is the role of traditional information management officers and other actors who focus on information products and flow of information to various decision-makers? How is information management embedded in their respective operations?
2. Information Sharing and Coordination: how is information shared between actors and organizations? How is it filtered, processed, and transformed into actionable insights? What are the success stories, and what are challenges?
3. Understanding and Monitoring Risks: how are risks assessed and monitored? How is information from various partners analysed to efficiently recognize gaps between aid provided and needs in a post disaster dynamic environment? How are emerging risks and new threats understood by various actors and how does this translate into monitoring?
4. Information Products Impact Evaluation: how are traditional and current crisis mapping information products impacting humanitarian operations? Which technologies, information product types, and modalities are being recognized, valued and used for decision-making at various levels? What are the cross cutting barriers to perceived value and successful use?
5. Logistics and Supply Chain Management: how is information about logistics needs translated into goods distributed, and what is the impact of aid on markets, and infrastructures?
We are happy and proud to share the draft of the Executive Summary with you. Our findings and recommendations are derived from field observations, meetings, and 39 interviews conducted in the Philippines with responders from United Nations (UN) agencies, local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as governmental agencies. MapAction and digital humanitarian volunteers carried out additional analyses.
Once more, we would like to thank all our supporters, particularly our interviewees. Without you, this work would not have been possible.
The insights and recommendations shared in this document are aimed to contribute to ongoing and evolving discussions on information management and decision-making in humanitarian and disaster settings. We hope that our communications do not only support pre-existing knowledge and perspectives but also that our findings will provide new insights and help us all move ahead.
This draft is only a part of the full report, which we will over the next weeks post chapter by chapter. We hope that in this manner, we can engage in a discussion process with you. We look forward to your feedback on this work, and are open for suggestions on how to continue our collaboration.