Kashana is web-based tool for planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting using logframes.
We have built Kashana to take the pain out of the planning and the monitoring to enable you to spend more time on evaluation, learning, and delivering better results. It has been optimised to work on low-bandwidth connections.
Kashana is for anyone involved in planning, monitoring and evaluating international development interventions:
The more you can tell us about your needs, the better we can help you. What logframe are you using? Who needs access? What stage is the project? What other tools have you tried? What are you using now?
We often use skype or hangouts for demos so include those details.
To request a demo please email email@example.com.
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Kashana is open-source so you can download the code for free from GitHub if you wish to host it yourself or make changes for your specific needs.
To install the software you will need an understanding of linux, git and the command line.
If that sounds like hard work, why not request a demo?
Kashana makes it easier to do the complex, time-consuming things that every international development organisation has do as part of its management and learning cycle:Full list of Kashana features
We want to make Kashana as useful and accessible as possible. Here are some of the things we are planning:
So far we have been funding its development ourselves while re-using open-source code from our client projects. We are looking for funding to help us realise our goals more quickly.
There is a lack of capacity to do complex task of MEL with integrity which leads to poorer results for people.
As technologists and practitioners, we can help by creating a tool that helps to build MEL capacity, appreciates the complexity of development interventions, and enables us to work to our values (participation, empowerment, accountability, transparency).
At Aptivate we have developed bespoke MEL systems for many organisations over the last decade. We have noticed that the same requirements come up over and over again. We think it will deliver more value to put our expertise (and existing software) into a customisable, open-source tool for everyone to re-use.
There is an opportunity to develop a tool that addresses the challenges of our sector. Kashana will be unique if we can deliver the following value:
Recent research tells us that:
Selecting the right MIS can be a challenge. The selection can depend on a number of factors, such as whether to choose an open source system – many of which are not geared towards development work – or a tailored, proprietary system. Very few open- source MIS solutions aim at development or M&E, and those that do exist have limited functionality and usability. Because of this, organizations often opt to build a system that is customized to their project, program or organizational M&E needs. Any of these MIS options can require considerable investment because most development organizations do not have staff capacity to adapt and customize open source platforms, and proprietary systems often have high costs for training, installation and long-term service agreements.
There can be a tendency to consider bespoke MEL systems as better systems. The findings of this study question this assumption. Further work could usefully be carried out to understand under what circumstances bespoke systems are valuable and what is their full cost.
Just compiling data for each DFID quarterly progress report costs around £5,000 in staff time... that's £60k over a three year project.
Aptivate use technology to empower people to meaningfully participate in the decisions that affect their lives. We develop open-source technology for people with low-bandwidth internet connections, in a participatory way. We provide consultancy, helping organisations with projects involving: MEL systems, websites, databases, info-graphics, mobile data collection, maps, knowledge management, IT strategy development, open data... and all geeky things that support international development.
Kashana is derived from the Amharic word käshänä, which means "do good work".
You work in development because you want to make life better for people, not because you want to spend time collating spreadsheets, running IT projects or stressing about report deadlines.
You want to learn, improve and deliver better results. The idea is that Kashana will alleviate the administrative burden of MEL, enabling you to focus on doing good work.