byNikki Sloan via web
On the 2nd March 2018, Akvo and UN Women Pacific M4C programme trialled conducting a refresher training online, for the first time.
Initially it was planned to run the half-day Akvo Flow refresher session in-person as part of the UN Women Markets for Change programmes annual planning week. However due to budget and travel restrictions, it was decided to trial the online sessions.
As a first time use both sides were understandably apprehensive about whether the session would be a success, Whether the internet would remain stable, if it would end up being a awkward few hours of ‘Hello? Can you hear me?’.
Starting bright and early (9am in Fiji, and 5am in Australia), the session started with a refresher of the whole process from the creation surveys, through to uploading the collected data back to the online workspace. The second part of the session focused particularly on (A) the process for data cleaning, and (B) some tips and tricks to make working with the data spreadsheets for cleaning and analysis.
Being the first time something like this was tried in the region, there are always things to be improved. There are also specific situations where this approach would work best; • The online approach only works whether the partner already has a good understanding of how the system works, and has had practical experience using it • They know what they want to cover and review (i.e. data cleaning in this case) • Wouldn’t work for instance where internet connectivity is consistently unstable • Session running less than 3 to 4 hours.
Overall the session was a success, and it was a pleasure to be a part of. I continue to look forward to supporting the UN Women Markets for Change programme in the Pacific.