What's going on?
Uwazi has started preparations for a number of activities. They include:
Analyzing Uwezo data on learning
In Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania Uwezo has collected data on learning. Uwazi assists the Uwezo country teams with their analysis and helps prepare joint publications that amongst other consider inequalities in learning or the relation between school quality and learning outcomes.
Service monitoring in Dar es Salaam
The Listening to Dar Survey (formerly the Dar es Salaam Mobile Phone Public Services Monitoring Survey) has uncovered findings related to health, education, water supply, infrastructure, governance and nutrition. A representative sample of about 350 randomly selected residents of Dar es Salaam, who have agreed to participate in the survey, are called once every two weeks and asked a set of questions on a particular topic. The collected data with analysis is released within two weeks. The current phase of the project has been running since October 2011.
The mobile phone survey was initiated by Twaweza and is currently managed by the World Bank, with analytical support from Twaweza’s Uwazi unit and Data Vision. The aim of the project is to inform the public, civil society organizations and the government on how citizens view public services. The results can aid citizens in making informed decisions and in holding leaders to account.
Sauti za Wananchi (Data collection through mobile phones)
Uwazi is developing the Wananchi Survey which will collect, analyze and share information about the activities, preferences and aspirations, opinions, experiences and welfare of citizens in Tanzania. The data will be collected through surveys done over mobile phones. The survey aims to collect data at a fraction of the cost of ordinary household surveys, in a way that is more frequent and more responsive to changing data needs. Read the draft concept note on the initiative here.
People's Price Index
Uwazi partners with Synovate and REPOA to assess price movements in urban and in rural areas in Tanzania. Using in-village enumerators in 21 locations prices will be collected for about 80 products on a monthly basis. These prices are used to construct a monthly price index for rural and urban areas.
All data will be made available and, as prices are collected for urban areas and associated rural locations we believe it forms an excellent basis to study transaction costs.