Where do I start?

We understand that creating great technology projects can be difficult and even overwhelming. We've compiled these resources to help you think through your next project. Our technology coaches are always available to help you, if you have any questions, please book a coaching session today.

Tech Project Design

  • The Principles for Digital Development have been endorsed by USAID and provide great guidelines when thinking through and planning your next technology project. http://digitalprinciples.org/design-with-the-user/

  • IDEO’s The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design provides processes, tools, and guides on how to create something your users will love. http://www.designkit.org/resources/1

  • Imaginative Ways to do Research is the video from Facebook F8 2017 that will share some secret tricks to getting answers to questions around defining the heart of your MVP, knowing when to pivot, and explaining the main purpose of your app in creative and imaginative ways. https://developers.facebook.com/videos/f8-2017/imaginative-ways-to-do-research/

  • The DIY (Development Impact & You) ​Toolkit has a carefully curated set of tools to help you think through your project’s strategy and goals. This toolkit has been especially designed for development practitioners to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. http://diytoolkit.org/

Finding the Right Tech Tool

  • The Gender and ICT Survey Toolkit by USAID provides a set of resources for obtaining a landscape assessment of gender and ICT, providing implementing partners currently operating and planning on-the ground programming with practical, well researched tools they can use to obtain data on women’s access and usage of mobile phones and other connected devices.

  • Alidade.tech can help you to create a plan for finding technology tools that suit your tech project.

  • The Toolbox is a collection of development tools, from mobile apps to desktop and web applications, cataloged by development sector. The Toolbox helps you discover what are already available and could be useful for benchmarking and/or defining your tool specifications.

  • Net Hope Solutions Center provides a database and product comparison tool for technology products and services.

  • TechSoup’s technology donation programs for nonprofits are providing donated licenses from its growing list of tech donors including Microsoft, Autodesk, Bitdefender, Box and more. Join ActionAid, Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT) and other local NGOs that are already qualified and start enjoying 95% saving for your organization’s tech expense.

Social Media

  • Social Media Training Manual: Development Innovations developed a three-day hands-on Social Media Training course focused on how to manage a successful Facebook page and develop a simple action plan to create compelling content. Download it here in English.
  • Social Media Handbook: Tips for Civil Society Users. Co-developed by CCC & DI, this handbook empowers civil society in Cambodia to better use social media, particularly Facebook, to communicate important information. From developing Social Media Guidelines to content planning and best practices, CSO staff can plan and manage their Facebook communication effectively. Available both in Khmer and English.
  • Facebook Page Insights helps you measure how people are interacting with your Page and posts. You can quickly see the volume and type of people who are viewing your Page activity. For more resource, visit Facebook’s Nonprofits website.
  • Facebook Live helps you broadcast to the largest audience in the world with the camera in your pocket. Please find out more on their website.
  • Twitter for Nonprofits is an introduction guide by Minnesota Council of Nonprofits that will tell you how a Twitter account can complement your other communications efforts and reach audiences in the method in which you are looking for information.
  • Instagram for Nonprofits: 4 Tips to Get You Started is a blog post by WiredImpact that can tell you how Instagram can be an awesome place to showcase your nonprofit’s impact.

Graphic Design & Multimedia (Photo, Audio & Video)

We have collected some common tools used by some NGOs in Cambodia.
Photo Editing:

  • Canva is a free graphic-design tool with easy to use drag-and-drop interface with access to its extensive library of photographs, graphics & fonts. Available both on web and app.
  • Spark Post is a mobile app with ability to layer images with texts and filters for creating professional graphics.
Audio Editing:
  • Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.
  • Piktochart is a web-based infographic application that allows beginner users to easily create professional-looking infographics using themes templates.
  • Infogram is another web-based data visualization and inforgraphic tool that allows users to create charts, infographics, maps & reports.
Video and Animation

Digital Data Collection

Below are some common digital tools for data collection used by NGOs in Cambodia:

  • Open Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. Also available in Khmer language. Need help? Open Institute could be a local resource.
  • CommCare is an open source mobile platform designed for data collection, client management, decision support, and behavior change communication. Also available in Khmer language. Need help? MEDIA One might be the right resource to talk to.
  • KoBoToolbox is another suite of tools for field data collection for using in challenging environments. Will be available in Khmer soon. Need help? Reach out to Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) for more information.
  • Google Forms is an easy way to collect data from the web with a simple interface and powerful editor that provides a fast way to create an online survey, with responses collected in an online spreadsheet.
  • The Easy Guide to Mobile Data Collection from School of Data is an accessible guide targets NGOs that want to explore using mobile devices for their data collection needs. You can also download the shortened version in Khmer here. លោកអ្នក​អាច​ទាញ​យក​សៀវភៅ​ណែនាំ​អំពី​ការ​ប្រមូល​ទិន្នន័យ​តាមរយៈ​ឧបករណ៍​ចល័ត​សង្ខេប​ជា​ភាសា​ខ្មែរនៅ​ទី​នេះ​។

Working with a Technical Provider

  • CamboSearch is an online directory that highlights Cambodian service providers who are interested in working with civil society groups.
  • Development Innovations ICT Learning Report is a short report highlights both positive experiences from civil society organizations (CSOs) and technology providers engaged in our grants fund. It also highlights practical tips to be considered for those who are going to work on ICT projects.
  • Tech Project Specifications is a blog post by Fabriders that sets out some key things to think about when designing the specifications for your project.

ICT Research

  • Mobile Phones and Internet in Cambodia 2016 is the study by Open Institute, funded by Development Innovations and The Asia Foundation, examines Cambodian phone users’ knowledge, attitudes and practices in relation to Khmer-language typing, writing and search habits, and identifies the factors motivating them to use (or not use) Khmer script. It also attempts to identify changes and trends in the way Khmer-enabled phones are being used, including their role as a means of accessing the Internet – in particular, Facebook, the most popular social media site in Cambodia.
  • Open Development Cambodia (ODC) is a go-to website with online resource of up-to-date, accurate information about Cambodia and its economic and social development.
  • Digital in Southeast Asia in 2017 is a report by We Are Social and Hootsuite outlines the key stats and trends for every country across the region also included data from Cambodia’s digital scene.
  • Media Consumption Habits of Young Cambodians 2016 is a study by BBC Media Action to examine how young Cambodians access to different media platforms. It provides snapshot of the use of mobile phone, internet, television and radio among youth.

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