How to move from competition to complementarity?


Jan 03 2020 Print

DTM and other data collection systems can be used to complement each other.

Data House

DTM and Partners can shift the approach from competition to complementarity using their datasets and systems to:

  • provide different types of needed information to decision-makers
  • help verify each other’s results
  • fill each other’s gaps
  • remedy to each other’s (necessary) limitations

Differences in datasets can be used to gain a better understanding of the issues, when a genuine professional and scientific approach is used and presumption around own data is let go by all sides. 

Strengths and Limitations of DTM MSLA

  • DTM and Partners should both be clear that all methodologies, including DTM Multi-Sectoral Location assessment, have strengths and limitations:  DTM MSLA is not a Sectoral Needs Assessment tool. It does not interview individuals or HH, and DTM enumerators and key informants are not sectoral experts.  DTM questions should be designed to be answered by non-sectoral experts, in a way that results can be used by sectoral experts for analysis.  
  • DTM usually has a large and consistent coverage of the crisis, can be adjusted to collect information that clusters, and other partners need, and provides regular updates on critical issues. In addition, its data are collected over time, and can be analysed to indicate how displacement and conditions of displaced populations evolve over time. 


Partners develop their response planning after analysing information from DTM MSLA together with available information from other sources (e.g., HH surveys, Facility-level data, Focus Group discussion results, technical assessments…)


Analysis and decision-making

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