GO briefing // Q1 2021

2 min readMar 16, 2021

Things have started a little slower this year as we prepare the GO team for the next 2 years of working together to advance the platform. Nevertheless, there was plenty to talk about with our users this quarter.

The GO user survey has provided us with a number of insights about our users’ needs and ideas for the platform. This has helped to inform our prioritisation from a user-centred design perspective.

We demoed some of the new features on the platform, including the revised Covid-19 field reporting system, compiled resources and data visualisations found in the Preparedness for Effective Response section and the insightful analysis surfaced in the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund operational learning module. The video below includes a 10 minute tour of these powerful new features.

We also looked forward to our plans for the year ahead. The workplan contains a mix of upgrades to improve analytics and usability, as well as some significant new features which aim to enhance risk analysis and aggregated disaster alerting across the IFRC. The workplan can be found here.

Finally, we invited contributions to the enhancement of the who-what-where module (3w) on GO. We have seen over 500 data records entered on the system since its launch in Q2 2020 but adoption has waned in recent months. The GO team intends to explore the current barriers to adoption and propose changes that can help alleviate those barriers. Possible solutions may touch on several different areas, but the main paths are around user-based solutions and application upgrades.

We would be keen to hear your needs and opinions to help shape the development of this feature — if you are interested to get involved, please register here (until 24 March 2021).

The GO platform is currently supported by experts from American Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross-510, Finnish Red Cross and British Red Cross, as well as funding from the Australian Red Cross, USAID and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Get in touch to get involved at im@ifrc.org