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[liberationtech] M4D in Uganda: Tomorrow's Liberationtech Seminar

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Wed Oct 1 14:33:13 PDT 2014

From: Kathleen Barcos <kbarcos at>

The Collective Assessment and Feedback Engine: A Mobile Platform for
Collaborative Assessment of Maternal Health Programs in Uganda

Brandie M. Nonnecke, PhD, UC Berkeley

October 2, 2014 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Open to the public.
No RSVP required

Wallenberg Hall
450 Serra Mall, Building 160
Stanford, CA 94305-2055


Development organizations need tools capable of providing reliable and
timely feedback on the efficacy of humanitarian interventions.
Traditional surveys and surveying methodology lack interactivity as
participants only provide data and may never see the survey results.
In her talk, Brandie will describe an interactive assessment platform
called CAFE, the Collaborative Assessment and Feedback Engine. CAFÉ
was utilized to assess the performance of three Nutrition Education
Centers in Uganda. The platform collected the opinions of 137 women
who visited these centers for family planning training. We applied
principal component analysis on the quantitative assessment questions.
We learned that the top two factors that differentiated participants’
assessment of the effectiveness of the family planning trainings were:
degree of female’s autonomy at home and degree of fear about
contraception techniques. We applied a significance testing
methodology to these factors and discovered the promising result that
attending family planning trainings was correlated to reduced fears.


Dr. Brandie Nonnecke is the Research & Development Manager of the
CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative at the University of California,
Berkeley. Her research focuses on how information and communication
technologies can be used as tools to support civic participation, to
improve governance and accountability, and to foster economic and
social development. She has published articles in Telecommunications
Policy, Telematics & Informatics, Communications & Strategies, and
Information Technologies & International Development. Brandie has an
M.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University
and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from The Pennsylvania State

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