October 26, 2018. CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) within the framework of the National Nutrition Information Platform (PiNN) project, and in coordination with the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES, its Spanish acronym) and the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN) of Guatemala, train technicians from the National Information Food and Nutrition Security System (SINASAN). All this at departmental and municipal levels, in the fundamentals of Tableau data visualization.
Tableau is a software that is used to present data, design graphs and analyze indicators interactively, allowing in a short time the visualization of data, which contributes to decision making quickly and effectively.
So far, 50 officials from the departments of Guatemala and Totonicapán have been trained, including 15 women and 35 men.
Francisco Quiroa, CATIE statistics specialist and course professor, reported that the objective is to strengthen the capacities of officials of the institutions that make up the Departmental Commission on Food and Nutritional Security (CODESAN, its Spanish acronym) and the Municipal Commission on Food and Nutritional Security (COMUSAN, its Spanish acronym) of Totonicapán, in the use of Tableau software, to create and publish data on chronic and acute malnutrition. As well, as implement processes related to programming and budget execution in municipalities, as part of a process of modification and renewal in which they are currently working.
For Emerson Arévalo, in charge of the MIDES Business Intelligence Unit, it is important that institutions linked to social development design visualizations to support decision-making, using data generated at the local level; in addition, to share an adequate and accessible tool for the development of scorecards, where the learning curve does not require a greater investment of time.
Sandra Recinos, CATIE nutrition advisor, indicated that a second phase of training on Tableau is contemplated to know and take advantage of all the tools that the software offers to present data, as part of the institutional strengthening process mandated by the PiNN project, which is executed in coordination with SESAN and financed by the European Union.