In order to compare institutions, de facto practices, or social norms, many research institutions create numerical indices to quantify absolute values and relative differences.
Indices allow researchers to rank performance or compare rates of change in complex concepts like good governance, transparency, freedom, independence, health, or safety. In order to build a trusted and reliable index, researchers need to gather systematic input from a broad range of experts. Indaba provides a platform for collecting expert insights, conducting peer review, and translating those assessments into data that can be analyzed and compared.
Most importantly, Indaba structures and collects qualitative explanations in support of quantitative assessments that can be aggregated into a composite score. Because scores are reviewed and validated by a wide variety of experts, users of the index can trust the information it represents.
Some community support programs rely on objectively quantifiable metrics, like the number of children vaccinated or new jobs created. However, programs designed to affect a community’s quality of life typically have fewer tools available to measure their impact.
Whether organizations need to capture qualitative results, identify behavior changes, or explicitly value outcomes, Indaba facilitates an iterative, structured, outcome-oriented dialog.
Project staff can use the platform to capture notes from face-to-face discussions, to solicit feedback from stakeholders and participants, or to collect expert assessments of conditions on the ground. The data is stored in a structured format that makes it easy to share, compare, and analyze. Indaba enables the shared learning and results measurement needed to drive meaningful change.
Resource allocation decisions are among the most critical leadership responsibilities. Whether funding new corporate initiatives, allocating grants, or directing security assistance, decision makers need data to make practical decisions.
Indaba facilitates global, asynchronous coordination among experts, implementers, and program managers. In a corporate setting, it integrates business units’ unique knowledge into a greater whole. In foreign assistance settings, Indaba can help policy and decision makers avoid corruption and achieve greater impact.
A South African (Zulu) word, an “indaba” is an assembly of leaders who gather to create consensus solutions to a complex problem. The Indaba application works in the same way. It harvests knowledge that is useful, comparable, actionable, and real.
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