1. National Perception Survey on Rule of Law, Justice and Security in the Gambia (2020)

  2. The Gambia, a vibrant African nation, has undergone significant political transformations in recent years. To consolidate its democratic gains and strengthen governance, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recognized the importance of understanding the perceptions and expectations of Gambians. IRES partnered with UNDP to collect data and insights that would inform evidence-based policy decisions, improve public trust and strengthen public institutions. Our team collaborated closely with key stakeholders, including the UNDP, government officials, and local community leaders, to design an inclusive and unbiased survey instrument. Rigorous sampling techniques were employed to ensure representation across various demographics and regions of The Gambia. The survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews, utilizing technology-enabled data collection tools to ensure accuracy and efficiency. With meticulous attention to detail, the team covered urban and rural areas, reaching a diverse cross-section of society.

    Our team engaged 10000 respondents across diverse groups. The collected data was meticulously coded, analyzed, and transformed into insightful visual representations, enabling the identification of patterns, trends, and key themes. The project yielded a wealth of valuable insights that shed light on the citizens' perception of the rule of law, justice, and security in The Gambia. The comprehensive report provided decision-makers with a robust evidence base for policy formulation, leading to the implementation of key reforms and initiatives. The findings informed the development of strategies to enhance citizen engagement, strengthen judicial systems, and improve security mechanisms. Furthermore, the survey facilitated the establishment of dialogue platforms, fostering increased trust and collaboration between the government, civil society organizations, and the public.

  3. Development of a Food Security Early Warning System - Sierra Leone

  4. Despite being known for its agricultural potential, Sierra Leone has long struggled with food security issues due to a combination of climate change, environmental degradation and economic constraints. According to the World Food Program (WFP), 57% of people are food insecure and 26.2% children stunted (impaired growth and development due to chronic malnutrition). The lack of a robust early warning system hampered efforts to anticipate and respond effectively to impending food crises. Recognizing the urgent need for an advanced monitoring mechanism, FAO engaged our team to develop a comprehensive solution capable of mitigating the impacts of food insecurity. With our extensive expertise in environmental research, data analytics and technology-driven solutions, we meticulously crafted a holistic approach to tackle the challenge. We established a network of data sources, combining satellite imagery, ground-based observations, weather data, and socio-economic indicators. These diverse datasets were seamlessly integrated, providing a comprehensive understanding of the food security situation in real-time.

    Leveraging cutting-edge machine learning and predictive modeling techniques, IRES developed algorithms that could identify patterns, predict potential food crises and generate early warning alerts. This has enabled stakeholders to take proactive measures such as implementing targeted interventions and resource allocation. The Food Security Early Warning System (FSEWS) provided accurate, timely information on emerging food security risks, allowing authorities to respond swiftly and implement targeted interventions. This proactive approach has helped prevent severe food shortages and mitigate the impact on vulnerable populations, saving lives and livelihoods. By harnessing the power of technology and data-driven insights, the FSEWS has helped equip Sierra Leone with a proactive framework for building resilience and adapting to climate change impacts. Local communities are better prepared to anticipate and respond to changing food security dynamics, reducing their vulnerability to shocks.

  5. Review of Survey Tools and Development of a Mobile-Based Data Collection System-Save the Children, Kenya

  6. Save the Children is an esteemed global organization committed to improving the lives of children. In order to efficiently deliver on their mandate of improving children’s lives, they recognized the need for data-informed decisions. And this necessitated the development of a mobile-based data collection system. Traditional paper-based surveys and manual data entry proved to be time-consuming, error-prone, and limited in scope. To address these challenges, Save the Children sought the expertise of our team to modernize their data collection system and harness the potential of mobile data collection technology. IRES conducted an in-depth analysis of existing survey tools utilized by Save the Children. This involved assessing the strengths and limitations of various data collection platforms, checking compatibility with the organization's objectives and considering the unique challenges posed within the Kenyan context. Our team meticulously evaluated factors such as user-friendliness, data security, offline data collection capabilities and integration with existing systems.Based on the findings from the survey tool review, we set out to develop a tailored mobile-based data collection system for Save the Children. Leveraging our expertise in software development and user experience design, our team designed an intuitive and versatile solution that would empower the organization's field staff to collect data efficiently, accurately, and in real-time.

    The mobile-based data collection system developed by IRES seamlessly integrated with the existing processes and resources of Save the Children. The solution incorporated features such as customizable surveys, multimedia capture capabilities, GPS data integration, and robust data encryption to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the collected information. Additionally, IRES provided comprehensive training and technical support to ensure a smooth transition for Save the Children staff. The streamlined data collection process has significantly reduced the time and effort required for information gathering. Field staff could submit data instantly, eliminating the need for manual data entry and minimizing the risk of errors. With the new system, Save the Children gained access to real-time data insights, enabling them to respond promptly to emerging needs and make informed decisions. This empowered the organization to deliver timely and targeted interventions in their efforts to improve the lives of children.

  7. Stakeholders Perception Survey and Assessment of the Drought-Resilient Project

  8. GIZ is a German government-owned organization dedicated to international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ works with various partners, including governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector, to implement projects and programs in various sectors such as agriculture, energy, health, education, and climate change. GIZ's Drought-Resilient Project in Kenya aimed to enhance the adaptive capacities of vulnerable communities, reducing their susceptibility to drought-induced crises. Recognizing the importance of understanding stakeholder perceptions and gathering meaningful insights, GIZ engaged our team to conduct a comprehensive survey and assessment of their drought-resilient project. The goal was to identify key challenges, measure the project's impact, and propose actionable recommendations for further improvements. Through extensive research and consultation, IRES designed a robust survey methodology and developed tailored data collection tools. The team's expertise in designing effective survey instruments ensured the collection of accurate and relevant data from a diverse range of stakeholders, including local communities, government authorities, NGOs and project implementers.Following data collection, IRES employed rigorous analysis techniques, including statistical analysis and thematic coding, to identify emerging patterns, trends, and key insights.

    The team carefully examined the data, looking for commonalities, gaps, and opportunities, thus uncovering valuable perspectives from stakeholders involved in the project. Our team developed a comprehensive report that included a detailed analysis of stakeholder perspectives, a measurement of the project's impact, and a clear evaluation of its strengths and weaknesses. In addition, IRES provided actionable recommendations for GIZ and other project stakeholders to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of the Drought-Resilient Project. GIZ was now able to refine and optimize project design, aligning it more closely with the needs and priorities of local communities. The assessment of stakeholder perceptions shed light on previously unidentified challenges and opportunities, enabling GIZ to implement targeted interventions that addressed community concerns effectively. The survey facilitated enhanced engagement and collaboration among stakeholders involved in the Drought-Resilient Project. By actively involving local communities, government authorities, and NGOs, GIZ fostered a sense of ownership and empowerment. This approach ensured the project's sustainability and encouraged the active participation of stakeholders in its implementation and monitoring.