Collecting and managing geo-tagged data for M&E, with simple tools and local skills: The Geo-Enabling initiative for Monitoring and Supervision (GEMS)_IPDET_2021


After the hands-on training, all participants should be able to create their own real-time monitoring platform with tailor-made digital questionnaires, deploy the system and begin data collection in the field and real-time analysis. it will cover: - Data platform conception and administration, System deployment, data synchronization, data analysis and management, geo-mapping, data export


This workshop will train M&E stakeholders in the use of simple and cost-free open-source tools to create customized digital field data collection and analysis systems. These data automatically feed into a centralized system that allows for geo-tagged data visualization of infrastructure investments, service delivery, or any kind of field activities. As the underlying technology is based on open source software, the system itself presents a low-threshold and efficient solution for data management as a basis for various real-time monitoring, supervision and evaluation uses. The GEMS method has been widely used in more than 70 developing countries by the World Bank and the donor community, governments, UN Agencies, NGOs and researchers.

  • Methodenkompetenzen / Methodische Kenntnisse
  • Organisations- und Feldkenntnisse
  • Praxis der Evaluation
Durchführende Person/en bzw. Institution/en (inkl. kurzer Vorstellung)

María Garrido works for the Geo-Enabling initiative for Monitoring and Supervision (GEMS) in the World Bank Group. She is the focal point for the GEMS engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean and for the Lusophone Countries in Africa.

Elma Zahir brings with her more than ten years of extensive background in managing high-impact operational initiatives. She has been working with the Geo-Enabling initiative for Monitoring and Supervision (GEMS) team at the Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Group of the World Bank. She leads the GEMS engagement in South Asia as well as its Communications and Knowledge Management agenda.

Annabelle Vinois has been working with the Geo-Enabling initiative for GEMS led by the World Bank’s Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group since 2018.

Umfang (Dauer)

1 week interactive online workshop


The training is suited for participants at any level. Emerging evaluators, development professionals, project team members, humanitarians, policy-makers, and anyone else who would like to collect structured real-time data in the field with low-cost tools.

Sonstige Angaben

registration on: ipdet.org 6.4. - 6.8.2021


The workshop is suited for any level. There is no prerequisite in terms of IT or GIS skills. Participants should have some familiarity with project monitoring or the evaluation field. Most importantly, they should have a use case in mind for which they can use the digital real-time monitoring tools.

Ideally, every participant has access to a smartphone or tablet (Android preferred, by iOS works too).