GIS Conference & Trainings

GIS Conference & Trainings

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become an increasingly important tool in the way we report on our datasets, and on the way we analyze data for decision-making. Maps present data in a form that is easier to understand than just tables and charts, and gives users the ability to populate from multiple datasets. While the conservation folks have taken the early lead in using GIS (especially in the field), we see more and more converts working in areas like Public Health, Community Outreach, Anti-Poverty, Advocacy, Membership, and Social Justice . NPOKI advocates for use of effective tools, like GIS, as a part of a robust knowledge management initiative. Listed below are three upcoming events, which we feel may be of importance to those interested in GIS:

InsideNGO One-Week GIS Training for ArcGIS 10

Washington, DC        August 1 – 5, 2011
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia    September 5 – 9, 2011
Nairobi, Kenya        September 12 – 16

This one-week set of courses will focus on core GIS skills and will introduce some advanced topics, all designed to show students how to use GIS to better meet your data collection, planning, analysis, and mapping needs. This class is appropriate for both new and experienced GIS users wanting more in-depth instruction. The two courses are designed as one integrated course; however, if you want, you can take only the first course or the second course (see prerequisites) separately. We highly recommend taking both courses together to better learn and effectively use GIS. For more information:

Regional Workshop: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Application in Public Health

New Delhi, India    October 17 – 21, 2011

USAID’s MEASURE Evaluation Project is pleased to announce the first regional workshop on “Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications in Public Health,” for English speaking professionals. The workshop is sponsored by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi, India in collaboration with MEASURE Evaluation. Taught in English, the course is designed for mid-level health and population officers, program managers, and other professionals involved with the implementation of population, health and nutrition programs.  Participants should be involved with analysis of health and population related data for delivery of health services or teaching and training.  The workshop will cover the concept of GIS, Use of GIS in Public Health, Preparing databases for GIS, and preparing GIS output from data, and application of GIS software. For more information:

2011 Esri Health GIS Conference

Washington, DC        September 7 – 9, 2011

Join health and human services peers from around the world at the Esri Health GIS Conference. You’ll learn about cutting-edge GIS tools, network with peers across the health continuum, and gain perspective from industry leaders. This event is open to professionals in public health, hospitals and health systems, human services, and academic health and research. For more information:

We hope you find this information useful,

Bill Lester
Executive Director – NPOKI

NPOKI – A Brief History
Founded in 2005, NPOKI focuses on a variety of projects and communities of practice. In collaboration with our members, partners, and clients, we provide information management systems and solutions which track the performance of large numbers of projects in a variety of countries against strategic goals, align financial investment with results, and allow NPOs to collect, analyze and share information across program, departmental, institutional and geographical boundaries.

Some of our current projects and activities include:

  • MERIT: NPOKI’s flagship application, our Monitoring & Evaluation Reporting System
  • SBP: Sharing Best Practices, our database of organization standard operating procedures
  • CMS: Evaluating Clinic Management Systems
  • Building Communities of Practice: Our partnership with WHO’s Implementing Best Practices
  • ERP: Tying financial and human resource management to knowledge management