While almost everbody agrees that online volunteers can bring valuable skills and resources to disaster response operations, things become more complicated when established humanitarian organizations try to work with the Volunteer and Tech Community (V&TC). A new guide is trying to improve how both sides can work together.
The “Guidance for Collaborating with Volunteer and Tech Communities” is written for humanitarian organizations and NGOs that would like to integrate online volunteers into their operations but don’t really know how to do it. The focus of the guide is on using V&TCs to crowdsource baseline research, information management and data enrichment, such as identifying structures on satellite images.
Case studies, scenarios and a checklist
The guide explains what motivates many of the volunteers and describes how to keep them involved and engaged, both prior, during and after a deployment. It also contains case studies as well as typical scenarios and describes what kind and how many volunteers you need. It also contains a checklist for you own deployments.
Andrej Verity is one of the main authors, so it is not surprising that the guide is short, practical and to the point.