With crises assuming unprecedented degrees of complexity, it is imperative that decision makers depend on flexible, rapid, and reliable tools that facilitate evidence-based policy decisions for crisis response and recovery. Against this backdrop, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Crisis Bureau (CB) contributes towards improving the quality and impact of its support to governments by developing end-to-end digital assessment toolkits. These aspire to become comprehensive full-fledged digital solutions for rapid and in-depth assessments in the aftermath of a crises, supporting evidence-based policy and programming for crisis response and recovery.
UNDP has rolled out two Integrated Digital Assessment (IDA) toolkits with global outreach and local implementation:
- The Household and Building Damage Assessment Tool (HBDA) which supports countries’ authorities to assess disaster damage on residential and non-residential infrastructure, as well as its impacts on households; and,
- The Digital Socio-Economic Impact Assessment Tool (Digital SEIA), which targets vulnerable households and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the multiple impacts of COVID-19.
Innovative in their field by being end-to-end digital, these toolkits can be adapted to focus on specific vulnerable groups, economic sectors, and/or geographical regions and used to explore different thematic areas and indicators.
The geographic expansion across all regions where UNDP operates, combined with the access to additional data sources at scale; the engagement of partners at both local and global strategic levels, including government authorities, NGOs/CSOs, private sector organizations and UN agencies; and the support of an established digital community of experts provide governments and international actors with powerful instruments for effective decision-making.
Key characteristics of UNDP’s Integrated Digital Assessments
The Digital SEIA and HBDA toolkits:
- Facilitate rapid primary data collection for evidence-based policymaking;
- Provide voice and visibility to vulnerable groups and allow data-driven decisions on policies to ensure that no one is left behind;
- Enable the development of effective and swift crisis response and recovery actions;
- Catalyze transformative change towards digital solutions in the public and private sector and prioritize the inclusion of those currently suffering the digital divide;
- Support capacity-building and national ownership of digital solutions for data-driven governance;
- Develop national capacities and foster the ecosystem necessary for the rapid dissemination of information from the local to global levels; and,
- Strengthen countries’ analytical capabilities and assist them transitioning towards better digitalization.