Insights on InSight

One giant leap for Humanitarian InSight…

Heat map showing operational presence in Somalia

Since the last update here, we successfully launched alongside the Global Humanitarian Overview at a high-level event in Geneva, most 2019 humanitarian response plans have InSight pages available to the public, and a slew of new features have been added. So while NASA’s Mars InSight mission probes the surface of the red planet, its namesake Humanitarian InSight continues to forge ahead back on Earth.

The map and tables on the homepage link to all the pages on InSight for each response plan – simply click a response plan’s name to view a set of pages for that plan. Each page can be downloaded as a print-friendly PDF, and each page element can be downloaded as an image, for use in other reporting. We’re also progressively adding formatted Excel downloads for analysis.

The homepage plans table with the download dialog open

For some initial examples, see the tables on the homepage or the cluster tables on plan pages. Excel downloads of indicator tables and mapped data are coming soon. We’ve also substantially improved our spot-style maps for caseloads and indicators, by adding location search and pcodes

Map showing location search

In addition to these incremental improvements to our existing maps, we'll soon be releasing heatmaps to display operational presence for selected countries using project-based costing. This will be our first foray into Who does What Where (3W) reporting, and we're very excited about it. Expect to start seeing operational presence maps on selected plan pages soon.

Heat map showing operational presence in Somalia

We haven't just been working on maps and improving existing features though - we also have some totally new features in the works, including project and organization tables and an entirely new logged-in user experience built around a My Dashboard feature.

Watch this space…

More countries, more features, more to come.

For humanitarians around the world supporting response coordination, this time of year is always one of the busiest. Needs assessments, analysis, and response planning for next year compete with urgent operational priorities and reporting on current activities. And for those of us developing and improving the suite, it's no different. 

Colleagues working in operations using project-based costing are currently transitioning to the new HPC Projects Module. This new platform replaces the ten-year-old Online Projects System (OPS) and features enhanced flexibility, a slew of new features in response to the evolving needs of the humanitarian system, and a fresh new design. You can check it out here. 

Meanwhile. since HPC Viewer launched two months ago, it has been adopted by two more operations: Niger and Somalia, in addition to Burundi and Nigeria. Several more countries are in pre-publication review and should be added soon. Some features have been substantially improved too, such as PDF downloads; find these in the overflow menu () near the top of each plan page.

Downloads and outputs is only one of several areas we are working on, and several major upgrades are planned for the next four to six weeks. These will include a new design for the homepage map, several improvements to plan page designs, more integrations with external data sources, and a much-needed update to this blog page.

Maps are a key focus area for the coming several releases. Besides redesigning the homepage map, we'll be improving the usability of plan page maps. Look out for location filtering, paging between locations, name and value toggles and design improvements, as well as an alternative style for plan page maps to match the upcoming homepage map redesign.

HPC Viewer Launches

... and we're live!

As of today, the humanitarian programme cycle has an online home, and a sophisticated Viewer which will be used by field humanitarians to communicate the status of their responses. For each country where the humanitarian programme cycle is used, and focusing on the quantitative data, the Viewer presents data on people in need and reached with aid, response frameworks, monitoring results and funding coverage and gaps.

The objective is to have all operations represented here by the time the Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 is published later this year. At launch today, the first plan page is online showcasing operations in Burundi. We'll be publishing Nigeria later today, and adding more countries over the next few weeks. These pages will be customized to reflect the data available and operational content in each country, and you should expect some variation. 

We'd love to hear what you think and will be deploying a dedicated feedback and engagement system in due course. In the meantime, please direct questions and comments to


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