The IMPACT online platform has grown steadily to encompass an increasing number of sectors and domains and has provided an ever growing repository of easily accessible information to the public in Lebanon.
IMPACT, which stands for Interministerial and Municipal Platform for Assessment, Coordination and Monitoring, is a free online database that connects citizens, local government and central government to a common and comprehensive platform that works on a national level.
The platform is an initiative of the Central Inspectorate, Lebanon’s leading investigative and inspection agency, to provide the public with easier access to information.
It is also meant to serve as a tool that can facilitate auditing, incident reporting and crisis management.
IMPACT data sections
The IMPACT platform makes available to the public a wide flow of data to facilitate scrutiny of government activity at different levels and in different aspects, the ultimate goal being to increase transparency and accountability at the government level. Lebanon.
The data available on IMPACT is continuously updated and extended with the help of ministries, municipalities and officials, in addition to civil society organizations and non-governmental entities, such as the Lebanese Red Cross and social workers. .
It currently includes the following 11 main sections:
- COVID-19 Decisions: An overview of the COVID-19 situation in Lebanon.
- Provides information on the distribution of infection cases in governorates, districts, municipalities and demographic data.
- Information on quarantine facilities across Lebanon.
- Vaccine against covid19: An overview of the progress of the COVID-19 vaccination process in Lebanon.
- Figures, such as the total number of people who signed up to receive the vaccine, the cumulative number of people who received the vaccine, as well as a detailed breakdown of those numbers across different regions and demographics.
- A vaccine registration schedule.
- Lockout permissions: Statistics on mobility permits processed during lockdowns and curfews, as well as additional lockdown-related data.
- How many mobility requests have been submitted, approved and rejected.
- How QR scanning was implemented (or not) at various institutions across the country during the closures.
- How businesses and employees operated during the closures.
- Rural development: Information on the different demographics of Lebanon and the Lebanese diaspora.
- The number of residents in Lebanon; the number of Lebanese expatriates; the average percentage of working women; the level of education of Lebanese citizens; etc …
- Statistics on the state of infrastructure across Lebanon.
- Municipal needs: An overview of the various health, food, financial, logistical and security needs that municipalities across Lebanon require.
- Vulnerable households: Overview of vulnerable households in Lebanon in need of assistance.
- The number household members with chronic illnesses, special needs, mental disorders and other medical cases.
- The number of requests for assistance by district.
- The education level of each household by sex.
- Help requests by household size.
- Beirut explosion: Damage to public administrations: An assessment of the damage recorded by government institutions and public buildings.
- The costs of rebuilding and repairing and / or replacing damaged components.
- The level of damage to government buildings.
- Medical supplies: An overview of the medical supplies and teams available to municipalities across Lebanon.
- The number of patients treated with oxygen in each Lebanese municipality.
- The total number of medical supplies available in Lebanon.
- User activity: Details on users of the IMPACT platform and their activity.
- Users include mokhtars (mayors), members of the Lebanese Red Cross, social workers, staff of the Internal Security Forces, district doctors and other contributors.
- Data on the most active IMPACT forms, distribution of user activity by governorate, district and municipality.
- A timeline of user activity on the platform.
- Municipal decisions: A complete list of all COVID-19 measures, and their types, taken by municipalities across Lebanon.
- Measures include setting up a crisis response team, imposing a curfew, sterilization training and obtaining assistance.
- Administrative acts and decisions: A detailed breakdown of administrative acts.
- Administrative acts include circulars, decisions, opinions and announcements issued by ministers, governors, directors and other officials and officials.
Navigation and utility
The IMPACT platform heavily integrates sortable charts and lists that allow the viewer to expand or scale down the statistics presented to get accurate results.
For example, in the COVID-19 section, which displays among other things the cumulative positive cases by municipality, it is possible to visualize the number of confirmed infections in the governorate of Mount Lebanon as a whole, just as it is possible to in the Baabda district or Jounieh municipality and see the number of confirmed cases there.
The results can also be filtered for the various interactive charts included in the section.
By closing the gap between government and the people, if used correctly, IMPACT can help identify and respond to people’s needs more effectively while giving them the ability to track and monitor issues that affect them.
* Images used in this article are screenshots from the IMPACT website
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