Thursday, 13.15-13.45

How instant is instant? Sergio Somerville, FHI360
In our quest to shorten feedback loops for donors and implementers, we have promoted approaches that leave out our beneficiaries. How would our interventions change if the sources of our data could also be the first users of that data? In this lightning talk, FHI 360’s Global Education team will showcase how we use truly instant offline and on-site reporting to bring beneficiaries back into the information loop.

Session Speaker:

Sergio Somerville, Head of Mobile Information Systems, Global Education Department, FHI 360. With 30 years of experience in more than 50 countries, Sergio Somerville has supported governments to develop information systems for evidence-based decision making in education, health and planning sectors. Over this period of time, he worked for ten years for the Latin American Demographic Center of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations, and has consulted internationally for USAID, the World Bank, IADB, OAS, the United Nations, Spanish Cooperation and directly with most Latin American governments and a significant number of countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Oceania and Asia. During the past six years, Sergio has supervised FHI360’s Guatemala field office in developing mobile solutions for data collection, information management and mobile dashboards to support decision making. Born in Chile, Sergio holds a doctoral degree in education, and a masters degree in government and public policy. More on Sergio here and at FHI 360.