Documenting Change to Support Youth in the Middle East

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Generations For Peace (GFP) used Magpi to assist with the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of its EU-funded programming in Lebanon. GFP’s volunteers in Lebanon, working alongside their local partner organisation Development for People and Nature Association, are involved in conducting a program that is supporting youth by strengthening resilience and increasing social cohesion among vulnerable youth from Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian backgrounds. To assess the effectiveness of this programme, GFP used Magpi as a mobile data collection tool in a total of 10 communities in 3 regions in the country.

After two days of intensive training at GFP HQ in Jordan, and follow-up trainings in Saida in Lebanon, a team of 31 of GFP volunteers completed approximately 600 surveys to carry out the baseline assessment for upcoming programming in Lebanon. Magpi allowed for speedy data collection, reduced paperwork, real time identification of data gaps, and instantaneous translation between Arabic and English. Most importantly for a volunteer-based organisation such as GFP, Magpi significantly reduced the number of hours individuals spent gathering and analysing data. GFP is planning to continue to use Magpi for upcoming rounds of data collection in Lebanon, as well as piloting Magpi in other countries across Africa, Asia and Europe.

“Magpi allowed for speedy data collection, reduced paperwork, real time identification of data gaps, and instantaneous translation between Arabic and English.”

 

Photo credit: GFP/Richard Juilliart

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