Data, Data, Data!

Water Sanitation Hygiene Uganda WASH charity NGO international development Busoga Trust

Data, Data, Data!

Busoga Trust has a dedicated team of ‘Outriders’ who are responsible for collecting data on each of our 2300+ water sources, including the data on hygiene and sanitation levels within each community. Having been up and running for three years the way in which we collect and utilise information about our water sources is is constantly developing, with a greater emphasis now being placed on cooperation, collaboration and sharing.

How we share the reams of information we collect at each and every source reflects directly on the B.T. as a whole. Over the past year we’ve been working hard on learning how to effectively share our information with the Ugandan government, other NGOs/WASH organisations and the general public. One key element which has allowed us to share this information more effectively has been our website,  which looks very different now when compared to this time last year. We now have more accessible information openly available online – delivered in a format which is clear and easy to understand.

Having in excess of 2300 water sources means it isn’t always easy to analyse and share the large amounts information we process, especially when working with a small team on a tight budget. Simply allowing access to our database, and the thousands of spreadsheets contained within, would be a pointless exercise as the significance of the information would be hard to discern. Our task has been learning to adapt and display our data in a clear and concise way, primarily via info-graphics and real-time maps. Whilst that sounds simple enough, actually creating a visual from reams of data is not the easiest of tasks – for that we have our data team to thank.

An additional benefit to these new data visualisations has been their usefulness within the Trust as the visual representation of the information allows us to quickly see areas where we should be focusing our efforts.

We are sure that our data delivery will continue to develop through 2016, so keep your eyes peeled for more helpful maps, info-graphics and visualisations in the coming months.