1 – 31 December 2020
The 6th cycle of the KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program kicked off on June 1st, 2020. Due to the unprecedented situation posed by COVID-19, the Fellowship Program was executed remotely. The Program was redesigned to include provisions for remote work, where the Fellows telecommuted, relying mostly on online collaborative tools to develop, test, and prototype innovative technology solutions. The Fellowship curriculum was also updated to include online peer learning sessions, mentoring sessions, and training to facilitate the Fellows through the Fellowship cycle.
Since the program started amidst the pandemic we made a concerted effort to support front line government departments working on pandemic relief activities. A team of four Fellows with Data Science background was hired to provide support and assist the government in handling the pandemic.
A cohort of 20 amazing Fellows was hired to work on the following projects during the 6th Fellowship cycle:
IPMS | Department of Health Support Team
The Department of Health needed immediate support on COVID-19 pandemic relief activities. A team of Fellows with a Data Science background was assigned to support the Integrated Performance Management System (IPMS) for the Department of Health in KP.
The support activities were aimed towards:
- Continuously improving the monitoring/case management mechanism
- Analyzing data compiled in the system to provide insights
- System Analysis, bug fixes, and troubleshooting on over 150 data collection points as well as ensuring data compliance
The support team was able to assist the health department by providing a better on-ground situational analysis through data analytics. Surveys were conducted to help improve data collection procedures and suggesting UX improvements in the IPMS system. Support was also given to the government in decision making for reopening the tourism sector of Abbotabad. The team also helped in predicting trends for implementing precautionary smart lockdowns in potential high risk zones.
Digitization of Fund disbursements for Benevolent Fund Cell
The Benevolent Fund Khyber Pakhtunkhwa works for the welfare of serving and retired provincial government employees as well as their families across the province under the provision of KP Benevolent Fund Ordinance 1972.
The department faced challenges in the application processing at provincial & district levels as the application processing was manual which caused delays in the disbursement of funds.
The Fellowship Team worked with the department to digitize the workflows and processes by creating an online solution which will enable better communication, data integrity, identification of duplicate entries, application tracking and quick reporting for real-time decision making. This system will help in swift processing of applications ensuring timely disbursement of funds to applicants in need of financial support.
Digitization of Pharmaceutical Licenses
The Department of Health manages & administers health-related policies and decision making in KP Province. The department manages the issuing, renewal, and cancellation of Pharmaceutical licenses to drug stores across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
There was no centralized online system where drug store owners could apply online for the creation or renewal of licenses.
Based on the department requirements the Fellowship team created a fully centralized online platform digitizing the process for license application, renewal and verification for pharmacies in the KP Province.
Monitoring and Evaluation Referral System for Planning and Development (P&D) Department
The Planning & Development Department is the major policy decision-making stakeholder, especially in the field of development in the province. It is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the overall development plans of the province.
One of the key activities of the department is monitoring and evaluation of development schemes and socio-economic impact analysis.
The department needed a new Referral System which could expand this system to all district departments’ focal persons, creating more transparency and efficiency in reporting discrepancies in developmental projects
A team of Fellows assisted the department by developed an M&E Referral system.
The system has the following features:
- The system provides the department with an online web form for referring projects to M&E cell
- It allows new users with access to the system and enables them to submit referral forms
- Fact and figures about the total number of project referrals referred to the M&E Cell are calculated
- The system allows administrative users to check all the ‘Resolved’ and ‘Pending’ referrals to M&E Cell
Lab Information Management System for DG LiveStock & Dairy Research
Directorate General of Livestock and Dairy Research manages various laboratories of veterinary sciences, livestock and dairy farming. However most of these laboratories were working on manual registers through manual tracking of lab tests. There was no mechanism for quick generation of reports, analysis, prediction of an epidemic (cattle), or preparation for precautionary measures due to lack of digitization.
The Fellowship Team developed a Lab Information Management System which will facilitate the department’s transition towards a fully automated lab sample collection process, improving reporting and analysis.
The Lab Information Management System will help the department in the following areas:
- Early detection of epidemics in farm animals through timely sample collection and reporting
- Quality assurance of milk production, ensuring dairy farms are producing safe milk for consumption
- Streamline data storage and maintenance, thereby improving overall department performance
Fellowship Support Initiatives:
Since the Fellowship Program has been running for the past five years, providing support to our partnering government departments is a priority in each running cycle. This year our Fellows provided support on projects from the 4th and 5th Fellowship cycle.
KPITB Support Initiatives:
A team of Fellows also worked closely with the KPITB technical team on digital transformation projects of KPITB. The Fellows worked on the Assami Job Portal, the KP Business portal and the KP Web Portal.
The Fellows also developed three new standalone projects with the KPITB. These projects include the Mustahiq app for Zakat and Social Welfare department, the ICT Companies Registration Portal and the Hospital Management System for BHUs.
Mustahiq app for Zakat and Social Welfare Department:
The Mustahiq app is an informational app where users can discover and explore information on various Zakat schemes and programmes and services.
The salient features of the app are:
- A user-friendly and simple interface
- Brief information about various Zakat schemes in English and local languages (Urdu & Pashto)
- The public can easily find the location of hospitals and designated zakat focal person in the hospitals
- Contact details of district zakat officers and district zakat chairman are easily available along with office locations on a map
- Users can easily know about various financial support schemes run by the department
- User can easily download all scheme forms using this app
- Users can find district information and local zakat communities information along with their zakat officers’ details and map locations
The app is available to download from Google Play Store.
ICT Companies Registration Portal:
The ICT Companies Registration Portal is designed for Startups, IT services companies and Freelancers to register themselves with the KPITB.
The mission behind this Portal is to collect information on the companies, startups and freelancers operating in the KP province and provide the public sector and private sector opportunities and development projects so that they can grow and scale and contribute to the local economy and boost employment.
Hospital Management System for BHUs:
The KP government lacked precise data on the health status of newborns and mothers hampering the timely and effective provision of relief and rehabilitation. A digital system was required to digitize the record-keeping of expecting mothers and newborn babies in Basic Health Units (BHUs) in the KP province.
A team of Fellows developed a user-friendly antenatal and paediatric care system for Basic Health Units. The system includes digital records of expecting mothers and their visits to BHUs or maternity hospitals; digital records of new born babies and their health condition will also be recorded in the system. Through this solution data will be available across multiple BHUs or government offices Information will be easily available to doctors, policy analysts and planners.
Take a look at the projects developed during this cohort.
Meet the young fellows who took part in this year's cohort.
Meet the seasoned professionals who managed this year's cohort.