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SparkBlue is a digital platform curated by facilitators and advisors across UNDP, connecting internal Communities of Practice and external, multi-stakeholder engagements that em

power UN entities to engage in creating new knowledge and distilling critical learning insights in real-time. 

With a suite of tools and features, SparkBlue empowers UN agencies to think out loud, learn from each other, connect, collaborate and co-create. It drives inclusive and measurable engagements that empower collaborative learning, discussion, and collective intelligence.

Spanning e-discussions, challenges, e-courses, webinars, interactive dashboards, SparkBlue is accessible to anyone, anywhere. It’s an effort for the UN community to jointly scale up our efforts to become more inclusive, incorporating a broader variety of voices and viewpoints in our work for the Decade of Action.  

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Data Futures Platform

As technical lead of the UN’s socio-economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNDP brings together the COVID-19 Data Futures Platform, which translates multidimensional data into actionable, evid

ence based insights that foster system thinking and co-creation of policy initiatives. Drawing on data from across the UN system and partners, simulations focus on the most critical recovery challenges in an interactive way for rapid decision making and sensemaking, including those which are instrumental in advancing poverty alleviation and social protection.

The platform is intended for policy makers, including government officials and UN staff, international organizations, grass roots movements, think tanks and academia.

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CrisisInSight is an Assessment Capacities Project analysis portfolio.

The portfolio enables the comparison of the severity of crises globally as well as the level of humanitarian access, while providing trends analysis and a forward-looking scan for risks.  

In order to measure the severity of a crisis, the INFORM Severity Index is used to bring together 31 core indicators, organised in three dimensions: impact, conditions of affected people, and complexity. The correlation of these different sources of analysis makes it possible to envisage scenarios and reinforce preparedness. It provides an evidence-based foundation for decision makers and humanitarian actors and may help them improve principled operational response and a better allocation of resources. 

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CrisisWatch is a global conflict tracker designed to help decision-makers prevent deadly violence by keeping them up-to-date with developments in over 80 conflicts and crises, identifyi
ng trends and alerting them to risks of escalation and opportunities to advance peace. CrisisWatch can be used by anyone trying to stay abreast of and understand the world’s shifting conflict landscape. Updated at the beginning of every month, it provides succinct summaries of political and security developments in the past calendar month in over 70 conflicts, crises and vulnerable countries. 

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Return and Reintegration Platform

The Return and Reintegration Platform is an essential feature of the EU-IOM Knowledge Management Hub (KMH) funded by the European Union.

The KMH aims at assisting the implementation of the EU-IOM Actions in support of migrant protection and reintegration by ensuring coherent methodological approaches; harmonising monitoring and evaluation activities; setting up knowledge management tools; and producing knowledge products.

Developed in this framework, the Return and Reintegration Platform is a global tool that facilitates sharing knowledge, expertise and lessons learned with peers. It includes a virtual community of practice to boost knowledge sharing and learning, hosts public webinars and supplies hundreds of resources and publications related to return and reintegration.

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PreventionWeb: The Knowledge Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
PreventionWeb is a collaborative knowledge sharing platform on disaster risk reduction (DRR), managed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).
The site offers a range of knowledge products and services to facilitate the work of DRR professionals, including through 45,000 daily entries and weekly alerts, supporting practitioners to follow the latest developments in disaster risk reduction. It also includes an introduction to disaster risk reduction key concepts and trends, a training calendar of workshops and webinars, and a global catalogue of academic programmes by nationally accredited institutions. 

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UNSDG Common Learning Package on Human Rights-based Approach
The UN Inter-agency common learning package on human rights-based approach aims to strengthen the capacity of UN staff to apply a HRBA to UN common country programming. The learnin
g package targets primarily the UN Country Teams and the Resident Coordinators, Heads of Agencies, programme officers and technical level staff with responsibility to develop a Common Country Analysis and United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework. National partners can also benefit from this learning package and take forward rights-based national programming.

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Social and Behaviour Change Communication Model
The Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) model is different from the older ‘awareness raising’ and Behaviour Change Communications models, as it brings in systematic, socio-ecological
thinking within communication initiatives. SBCC is an approach to engaging people on individual or community levels, to foster community dialogue and action.

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Targeted Scenario Analysis
The Targeted Scenario Analysis (TSA) was developed as a response to the growing demand from decision makers and stakeholders for more policy-relevant sustainable development analysis to support nation
al SDG implementation facing diverse policy, management and investment choices. The TSA captures and presents the value and contribution of ecosystem services to sectorial development within a decision-making framework, thereby helping make the business case for sustainable policy and investment choices.

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Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation Toolkit
The Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) toolkit is designed to guide the user through the process of solving complex problems collaboratively.
This Do-it-Yourself (DIY) kit, where the ‘you’ is a committed team of four-six mobilized people, encourages a step-by-step approach which helps individuals break down problems into their root causes, identify entry points, search for possible solutions, act, reflect upon what has been learned, adapt and then act again. This process is dynamic with tight feedback loops that allow teams to build their own solutions to problems within local contexts.