Using Maps in Decision Making to Strengthen Programs for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
This Child Status Network webinar discussed the mapping of orphans and vulnerable children program data for decision making. The discussion was held at 9am EST on September 26th and was led by Jen Curran from the MEASURE Evaluation Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team.
This webinar focused on the challenges and successes of mapping orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) data and populations as well as advanced uses of mapping and GIS analysis for OVC program support. The presentation drew on experiences from a March 2012 MEASURE Evaluation data demand and use workshop with stakeholders working with OVC programs in Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. During the workshop participants discussed using GIS to facilitate the use and understanding of their program data, and participants were introduced to the use of free, open-source GIS software called QGIS. This presentation did not include a tutorial on GIS. Rather, served as an introduction to the value of mapping and spatial analysis for orphans and vulnerable children program support with examples from these three countries.
Jen Curran currently works at MEASURE Evaluation as a GIS Analyst supporting various activities relating to nutrition, network analysis, food security, orphans and vulnerable children, and urban health. She has a B.A. in International Relations and African Languages from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.S. in International Health and Development from Tulane University’s Payson Center for International Development. Before joining MEASURE Evaluation, Jen worked in the areas of malaria behavior change communication; food security and agricultural vulnerability; PMTCT, HIV, TB, and FAS behavior change; post-disaster health outcomes research and post-disaster recovery programs prior. She recently co-facilitated the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Data Demand and Use workshop in Zanzibar in March 2012 focusing on mapping orphans and vulnerable children data and populations.