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Sigmah, open source software for the shared management of international aid projects

Do you get submerged under all the Excel and Word documents
which are exchanged within your organization
and with your partners?
Do you struggle to keep a clear and up-to-date picture of the situation
on all your organisation’s projects?
Do you often find yourself trying to track down information which is scattered
between too many different sources
and which is difficult to find in its most up-to-date version?
Do you find it difficult to keep on top of everything that needs to be done
because of the number and variety of projects
which need to be followed up?
Do you regret not being able to use all the information that has been gathered
more easily in order to learn lessons from the past?
Do you want to adopt a Quality approach?

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Sigmah’s features

A study of a number of NGOs enabled Sigmah to understand the common information management difficulties that they frequently face, and highlighted the need for software
that offers the following functions

  • Tracking project activity progression and budget follow-up,
  • Defining, tracking and mapping indicators at different levels (project, country, region, institution)
  • Centralising project documents,
  • Improving schedule management and alerts,
  • Implementing a quality assurance approach by defining criteria and critical points linked
    to the project.

A slightly longer presention of Sigmah features can be found in Sigmah Presentation Kit PDF document.

  Video part of Sigmah Launch Conference 2011

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Flexible software, or ‘How the software adapts to suit users’ different needs’

No two organizations have the same needs in terms of information management, nor the same report formats for project follow-up. In order to respond to the challenge of creating a single piece of software that can adapt to the specific needs of a diverse group of users, Sigmah has been designed to be very flexible. For example, each organization can define their own project format(s) in Sigmah, and then use this format to create as many projects as they want.

Sigmah: a web-based application

Information management is a complex process in the humanitarian sector, due to the many types of data produced, high staff turnover, lack of technical expertise, geographical distance between offices (from numerous field bases to headquarters) difficult working conditions (isolation, slow and infrequent internet connections, etc). In this context, there is a need for a simple, easy-to-use tool which centralizes and cross-references all this data.
Sigmah is a web-based application, i.e. a system which can be accessed from anywhere, via the internet. Also there will be an offline function, enabling users to do essential tasks within the system and consult their copy of the organisation’s database, all without being online.

Sigmah: free software, a shared asset for the humanitarian sector

By developping the Sigmah software under a open source licence it can be easily shared,
and can evolve in order to adapt to the needs of the whole humanitarian community. Developed with the aid of public funds, the license means that Sigmah will always be available to download free of charge from the internet. This tool is therefore developed for the benefit of the humanitarian sector as a whole, and is designed for a wide range of users. Each user can adapt Sigmah to their own specific needs.

Software development is done according to ‘agile’ methods, based on the close collaboration between the IT development team and the users. The objective is to involve users
in the process of building the application, so that the project can grow and evolve in line with users’ understanding of their needs. These methods imply frequent discussions and feedback between users and developers, as the software grows step-by-step.

Sigmah has all the functions of the Dynamic COMPAS®, but in an updated and improved version. Developed in 2006, Dynamic COMPAS is the interactive version of the Quality COMPAS, a quality assurance system developed by Groupe URD for the humanitarian sector. After having evolved over a number of years, the Dynamic COMPAS will no longer be used, but the new Sigmah software will fulfil the same functions, and more.

Sigmah integrates the developments of ActivityInfo software. Created in 2009 for Unicef and its partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this free software also enables the tracking of indicators for humanitarian projects, a function which is central to the Sigmah project. Integrating these elements allows Bedatadriven, the designers behind ActivityInfo, to accelerate and complete the development of their tool in a wider shared project. It also enables the Sigmah project to build on existing expertise and on a tool which has already proved its worth.

  Video part of Sigmah Launch Conference 2011

Download this video in free format (.ogv)