In the past couple of months, the DHNetwork has welcomed two new members: Statistics Without Borders (SWB) and Humanity Road. We are quite excited to be able to continue to expand the network and explore ways that the V&TCs can collaborate together and work with the traditional humanitarian community. The addition of these two great entities continues to strengthen the network and will help to expose them to a wider range of actors from the "traditional" community.
Humanity Road is no stranger to emergency response. Often they are some of the first international volunteers to be active and begin collecting information. They provide both virtual support (social media and project management, microtasking, data cleaning, training, etc) and physical (public internet cafes & project management for call centres). They bring a wealth of knowledge to the network and we are honored to have them as a member.
SWB, a new player in the international humanitarian response arena, comes with approximately 500 statistians who are keen to get involved in helping with emergency response. In the Haiti 2010 earthquake response, the traditional humanitarian community only have one statatician (inside a noisy & hot tent) trying to make sense of all the data from the major UN-lead joint assessment. In modern emergency response, entities like SWB would be able to provide support to such activities. Beyond assessments, SWB has the ability to help bring sense to the ever increasing amount of data the community is creating during an emergency response. Their broad vision is to achieve better statistical practice, including statistical analysis and design of experiments and surveys, so that international projects and initiatives are delivered more effectively and efficiently.
We are extremely happy that both new members will be joining us for the DHNetwork simulation-like event this Sunday (14-Oct)
Welcome to both SWB and Humanity Road!