ILRI-N2Africa: Awareness creation on Data Tools and Data Refinement Workshop
18-21 August 2015
Lalibela Auditorium, ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa

Introduction

N2Africa is a large scale, science-based “research-in-development” project focused on putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers growing legume crops in Africa. Its vision of success is to build sustainable, long-term partnerships to enable smallholder farmers to benefit from symbiotic N2-fixation by grain legumes through effective production technologies (including improved seeds, inoculants and fertilizers) and market linkage in the legume value chains.

Continuous learning from dissemination and research activities is one of the defining aspects of N2Africa's R4D approach. The need for timely feedback from on-going activities requires an efficient system of data flow and data management. In addition, information and knowledge generated by N2Africa should be accessible to research and development professionals outside the project and to the public at large in a way that allows accountability and learning for the underlying data.

We collect many different types of data, and every type needs to be collected in its own specific way. We have already taken many steps to smoothen the data collection process. Data forms are simpler, there are accompanying guidelines and data collection on tablets will speed up data delivery. However, the variety of different data to be collected remains a challenge to those working in the field. The collected data in 2014 cropping season do not meet the expectation of N2Africa project vision. Most of the M&E data were not either collected or submitted from implementing partners. The agronomic data were organized in excel data entry sheets however the huge portion of the entered data have to be refined.

Objectives of the Workshop

The aims of this workshop are:
  • To provide a clear overview of all data tools in integration with digital tablet data collection for smooth data flows; and
  • To refine the 2014 data with implementing partners.

Expected Outputs

  • Data to be collected with respective data tools and guidelines will be clearly understood.
  • Refined M&E and agronomic data will be compiled.
  • Tablet data collection methodologies will be introduced & practiced.

Program

Day 1 – Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Time
Topic
Presenter/Facilitator
Rapporteur
08:30-09:00
Arrival and Registration
Simret

09:00-09:05
Welcome speech


09:30-09:40
ILRI-N2Africa: Overview, Workshop Objectives & Expected outputs
(Presentation)
Endalkachew

09:10-09:30
Program & participants introductions, norms and expectations
Tamiru

09:30-10:00
Common Errors in Agronomic Data collected in 2014
(Presentation)
Birhan

10:00-10:30
Coffee


10:30-12:30
Data refinement (Group work)


12:30 -01:30
Lunch


01:30-03:30
Data refinement (Group work)


03:30-03:45
Coffee


03:45-05:00
Data refinement (Group work)


Day 2 – Wednesday, 19 August 2015

09:00-10:00
Data refinement (Group work)


10:00-10:30
Coffee


10:30-12:30
Data refinement (Group work)


12:30 -01:30
Lunch


01:30-03:30
Data refinement (Group work)


03:30-03:45
Coffee


03:45-05:00
Data refinement (Group work)


Day 3 – Thursday, 20 August 2015

09:00-09:45
N2Africa Public-Private Partnership (PPPs) Models: Progresses
(Presentation)
Tamiru
Birhan
09:45-10:30
N2Africa Data tools and their contents (Presentation)
Birhan
Tamiru
10:30-11:00
Coffee


11:00-12:30
Hands on Data tools (practices)
Tamiru/ Birhan

12:30 -01:30
Lunch


01:30-03:30
Hands on Data tools (practices)
Tamiru/ Birhan

03:30-03:45
Coffee


03:45-05:00
Discussions on Data tools
Endalkachew/Joost
Birhan
Day 4 – Friday, 21 August 2015

09:00-10:00
Digital data collection using tablets (Presentation)
Joost
Birhan
10:00-10:30
Coffee


10:30-12:30
Hand on Tablets
Joost
Birhan
12:30 -01:30
Lunch


01:30-03:30
Hand on Tablets
Joost
Birhan
03:30-03:45
Coffee


03:45-04:30
General Discussion



Workshop materials


Participants

  • List of participants
  • Participant institutions
    • ARARI [Amhara Region Agricultural Research Institute]
    • Balegreen
    • CPAR [Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief]
    • EIAR [Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research]
    • FCE [Facilitator for Change]
    • HWU [Hawassa University]
    • IFDC-2SCALE
    • ILRI [International Livestock Research Institute]
    • MBI [Menagesha Biotech]
    • MfM [Menschen fur Menschen
    • OARI [Oromia Agricultural Research Institute]
    • SCS [Sodo Chatolic Secretariate]
    • SNV-C4C
    • World Vision
    • WUR [Wageningen University]

Workshop Pictures

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Partial view of the participants of ILRI-N2Africa: Awareness Creation on Data Tools and Data Refinement Workshop, 18-21 August 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Liya Dejene)



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