Remote supervision and monitoring to improve quality and reduce risk for humanitarian,
development, and construction projects.
FieldSight is a technological platform for remote monitoring, supervision, and quality assurance on humanitarian,
development, and construction projects. By connecting semi-skilled and project personnel working in the field with
skilled and management personnel based in regional or central offices, FieldSight ensures that progress and quality
can be better monitored, tracked, and captured throughout construction and project implementation.
The concept attempts to address many of the challenges that project managers and implementing organizations face
when operating in the remote and resource-constrained environments that characterize humanitarian and
development work—including limited accessibility to sites, strained technical capacity, and insufficient budgets—while also taking advantage of recent developments such as improvements and price reductions for mobile technology and the increasing reach of mobile networks.
FieldSight consists of a web-based application and an Androidbased mobile application connected via a central server. The web application allows users to set-up and configure projects as well as to review data that is submitted by field users. The mobile application is used to collect and submit data from field sites. Tools for assessing submissions, sharing project plans and guidance materials, and communicating across multiple channels further enhance the connection between office and site, facilitating coaching, collaboration, and capacity building.
FieldSight is a people-based technological platform. Effective use of the system requires integrating it with project quality assurance content and within an effective supervision program, consisting of:
• Quality Assurance Content: The assessments, surveys, forms, and guidance materials that are basis of quality
assurance and supervision processes, and
• Supervision Personnel: The multiple layers of staff, project structure, logistical support, and other program
elements that enable data collection and supervision at all scales of a project.
Developed in the Nepal Innovation Lab, FieldSight is currently being piloted on a number of projects throughout Nepal, including to conduct a village-scale Multi-Level Hazard Assessment for the National Reconstruction Authority, to monitor the construction of schools and clinics being built by World Vision, Miyamoto, and the World Food Programme, and to monitor the quality of earthquake reconstruction projects funded by UK DFID.
FieldSight is built to scale and works across projects ranging in size from a small handful to hundreds of sites. Dashboards embedded in the system provide aggregate data across sites, projects, and organizations that allow project managers and staff to more effectively understand progress, integrate activities, and analyze data.
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