As someone who has done my fair share of field work during my career that included 20 years of professional and corporate management experience and more in the official relief and development assistance (ORDA) industry I am absolutely disgusted at the state of accountability and the state of socio-economic metrics about progress and performance. As Dambisa Moyo has said about Africa ... "60 years and a trillion dollars" ... and not very much to show for it.
I have been working for some time to formulate a system that is presently referred to as Community Analytics (CA) which repositions metrics so that they are meaningful for a smart society. Business accounting is good for money ... but something else is needed as well so that there is a clear understanding of value flows. The ORDA industry has very weak metrics and accountability. This has been highlighted yet again by the recent disaster in Haiti. Nobody up to now has stepped up and talked about the accountability dimension of their efforts ... beyond using "stories" to justify more fund raising.
How much money has been raised ... how much socio-economic value has been created? Does anyone have this information ... and if not why not.
To repeat ... I am absolutely disgusted at the state of accountability and the state of socio-economic metrics about progress and performance. In my experience "what gets measured gets done" ... and I would observe that if you change the way the game is scored you change the way the game is played. We need to change the way metrics are done in the ORDA sector ... and as soon as possible.
Who is going to be leading the industry?
Community Analytics (CA)