About

What is Kinaki?

Kinaki is a unique and intuitive data analysis, reporting and sharing tool. It provides a platform for timely and meaningful project monitoring systems for humanitarian, development and social service organizations.

Kinaki removes technological obstacles to make data collection and analysis easy and efficient; so you spend less time at the computer and more time in communities and implementing projects.

Why use Kinaki?

Kinaki is intuitive and easy to use; start-up time is fast. Our goal is to remain accessible to organizations of all sizes so our pricing is competitive compared to other tools on the market. We have a strong team with a diverse range of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning, Project Management and IT skills and they will support you every step of they way.

Kinaki is unique in that it combines qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Few tools do this. We want you to be able to do all your data analysis in one place.

We want to be with you from the start to finish of your data journey. We have free project design tools; data collection tools including a mobile app, online forms and the option to print surveys; an intuitive data analysis dashboard; and a reporting tool in which you can report on your indicators and add notes and analysis for context.

The best way to know if Kinaki is right for you is to try it yourself

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Who we work with

Lenka Dobias-Cerna – Independent Evaluator

I used Kinaki with my team in spring 2014 to evaluate a $2,6 million dollars of CIDA funded project in Rwanda for 6080 households. Having data in one place, easily accessible and understandable, helped us greatly in the preparation phase and served as a valuable basis for further research in the field during the evaluation. We used Kinaki also for the baseline and endline surveys comparison analysis. Kinaki was very easy to learn and use, served as a professional tool.

David Kozarichuk – David Kozarichuk, Senior M&E Coordinator, ADRA Canada

For us, the best thing about Kinaki is that it serves as a central data repository between ourselves, the implementing partner, the donor, and any consultants we use. This greatly increases the transparency, accountability, and communication between all parties involved. Additionally, Kinaki’s reporting feature allows us to have consistent reporting year after year and significantly reduces the amount of time involved in calculating performance management indicators. All-in-all we are very happy with our Kinaki experience.[March, 2016]

Our team

Jakub Nemec

Program Director

Jakub is the Program Director for Salanga and the design lead behind Kinaki. Jakub has a BA in International Territorial Studies and MA in International Development. He is an experienced and engaging trainer with over 10 years of experience training More

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Jakub is the Program Director for Salanga and the design lead behind Kinaki.

Jakub has a BA in International Territorial Studies and MA in International Development. He is an experienced and engaging trainer with over 10 years of experience training development practitioners and students in safety and security, proposal writing, and monitoring and evaluation.

Jakub began his career in international development working in Turkey, Ghana and Mongolia. Jakub has a passion for the safety and security of aid workers. Through his work he realized that poorly trained and poorly prepared aid workers were putting humanitarian and development programs at risk, ultimately doing a disservice to the people they were intending to help. In 2007 he and his colleague founded Salanga as an organization to train aid workers and organizations in personal safety and security management.

Since then Salanga has expanded its focus to include monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), proposal writing and technical expertise for NGOs. Jakub has supported teams in countries like Haiti, Niger, Philippines, Cambodia and Rwanda – to name a few – in proposal writing, project implementation and MEL. Through these experiences he noticed that the challenges to meet reporting requirements, tight timelines and other administrative needs were having an impact on implementing teams’ ability to remain focused on community engagement and to meet community needs. In 2013 he and his colleagues at Salanga developed Kinaki, a MEL tool to help make data collection, analysis and reporting easier and more efficient. In developing Kinaki his goal was to make using project data more accessible and intuitive so project teams can spend more time working with communities and using data to inform their projects. Jakub has trained numerous project teams in mobile data collection, which works hand-in-hand with Kinaki to make monitoring and evaluation more efficient.

Jakub uses his experience working with project teams to work with our software developers to lead the design process for Kinaki, engaging users and the development community in the process. He ensures Kinaki remains true to its original purposes, to be intuitive and easy-to-use; accessible for clients working in all contexts; and flexible enough to measure all kinds of data.

Volunteer work is an important part of Jakub’s life. Jakub served as a volunteer board member of the Ontario Council of International Cooperation (OCIC) from 2015-2016. He currently volunteers with Romea, an organization providing scholarships to students from the Roma community, providing programmatic support.

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Paula Richardson

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program Lead

Paula is passionate about monitoring, evaluation and learning and driven to use data to make a difference. As the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Program Lead for Salanga she coaches organizations to identify key metrics, craft useful and gender-sensitive data More

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Paula is passionate about monitoring, evaluation and learning and driven to use data to make a difference. As the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Program Lead for Salanga she coaches organizations to identify key metrics, craft useful and gender-sensitive data collection tools and implement software for better data storage, analysis and learning. Paula is the go-to person for designing user-friendly data management and evidence-based learning tools and systems, and her expertise in Food Security, Sustainable Economic Development/Market Development, Gender and Organizational Development projects provides a key advantage for clients.

Paula has 15+ years in the development sector managing complex projects and spearheading cutting-edge monitoring, evaluation and learning tools and technology for over 15 programs in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean (ranging from $2–$20 Million in budget). She has boosted the MEL capacity of various organizations including the Canadian Hunger Foundation (past MEL Manager), Canadian Feed the Children, Vets Without Boarders, World University Services of Canada (WUSC), Save the Children, Well Grounded, Aga Khan Foundation, Plan International, Humber College and USC Canada (current part-time MEL Manager). Paula has overseas experience in Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica and Guyana.

Paula holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School (Carleton University), and a B.A. Honours in International Development and Gender, where she was awarded the Canadian Graduate Scholarship for her thesis work on African development (University of Guelph). She has undergone further training from Humber College, the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) (World Bank), and the School of Oriental and African Affairs (London, UK).

She has certificates in “Sampling Techniques for Development Evaluation”, “Excel Level II and III”, “Survey Design”, “Program Logic Model and Evaluation Matrix”, “Microsoft Access Data Base I”, and “Participatory Techniques for Assessment and Evaluation.”

Paula is a seasoned facilitator and excels at building capacity, buy-in and ownership in MEL activities. She has conducted over 50 trainings and workshops with international development organizations and government, and presented at Universities, MOASIC’s 3-day advanced M&E courses and at the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference (Ottawa 2015/Vancouver 2017) and the Global Development Symposium (Guelph 2012/13/14).

Paula is committed to using MEL tools to listen deeply. She pursues data collection efforts and methods that elevate local voices and perspectives in order to enable project participants to inform and influence their own knowledge systems and in turn the projects and policies that affect them. She makes MEL an engaging and collaborative process by including a range of stakeholders in data interpretation exercises in order to stimulate joint inquiry and catalyze learning and evidence-based decision-making within individuals and across organizations.

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Petra Brtnikova

Project Manager

Petra is a Project Manager with Salanga though our partners fondly call her the ‘Kinaki Guru‘. She works with Salanga’s partners providing timely support, helping with problem-solving and troubleshooting, and providing capacity building and training on all things MEL and More

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Petra is a Project Manager with Salanga though our partners fondly call her the ‘Kinaki Guru‘. She works with Salanga’s partners providing timely support, helping with problem-solving and troubleshooting, and providing capacity building and training on all things MEL and Kinaki.

Petra is a MEL enthusiast with exceptional skills in qualitative and participatory research and monitoring techniques. She is an experienced trainer of trainers for Focus Groups, Key Informant Interviews, and Mobile Data Collection, having delivered training for teams and individuals around the world.

Petra is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague. She has extensive experience conducting research in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Brazil. As part of her Ph.D., Petra participated in the evaluation of a European Commission-financed program. She conducted surveys, interviews and focus groups with project participants in Cambodia and Vietnam and led the report writing process for the six countries involved in the study.  Having personal experience using various software for data analysis, Petra has a great appreciation for Kinaki – making the work much more simple, enjoyable and professional. She believes our users have the same experience.

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Natalie Gagne

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program Advisor

Natalie is an independent consultant and close collaborator to the Salanga team, serving as MEL Program Advisor. Natalie has a BSc in Biomedical Science with a minor in Globalization, and a Masters in International Development and Project Management with a More

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Natalie is an independent consultant and close collaborator to the Salanga team, serving as MEL Program Advisor.

Natalie has a BSc in Biomedical Science with a minor in Globalization, and a Masters in International Development and Project Management with a specialization in International Public Health. Natalie has 10 years of experience in managing international development projects, including experience and competencies in project design and proposal development, project management and coordination, budgeting and work planning, narrative and financial reporting, monitoring, evaluation and learning, results-based management, as well as facilitation and training.

Natalie began her career in international development by co-founding a new type of student placement opportunity at the University of Ottawa, and supervising three cohorts of students working with community based organizations in Lusaka, Zambia. After her Masters degree, Natalie participated in a fellowship with Aga Khan Foundation Mali, where she supported the organization’s integrated, multi-sector community development program in Mopti region. Following this, Natalie returned to Canada to work for Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), where she served as Program Officer and managed a portfolio of Global Affairs Canada funded projects.

Since 2015, Natalie has worked as an independent consultant specializing in monitoring, evaluation and learning, training and proposal development. She has worked on various mandates for clients including AKFC, Aga Khan Foundation West Africa, Colleges and Institutes Canada, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Adventist Development Relief Agency. Natalie has experience in training clients on the use of Kinaki and mobile data collection. Through the use of Kinaki, Natalie aims to help organizations to become better able to organize and make sense of their data to inform programmatic decisions and meaningful learning, to improve the responsiveness of development programs.

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David Valenta

Program Officer

David works at Salanga as a Program Officer. He has a Bachelors in Economics from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and Master in International Development Studies with specialization in Economics of Development from Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Prior More

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David works at Salanga as a Program Officer.

He has a Bachelors in Economics from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and Master in International Development Studies with specialization in Economics of Development from Wageningen University in The Netherlands.

Prior to joining Salanga, during his master studies, David worked on impact evaluations in Ghana and Sierra Leone. He has experience with development of survey instruments, setting up electronic data collection and training survey teams. Furthermore, he possesses advanced skilled in data analysis and statistical methods and gave trainings on working with data and data analysis.

David is an important member of the Kinaki 6 design team and leads testing of the product. He hopes to provide Kinaki users with easy and pleasant user experience. Further, he is eager to advise Kinaki clients with their needs regarding survey design, data management and analysis.

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Christina Masching

Partnership Manager

Christina is the Partnership Manager for Salanga. She is passionate about finding ways to make data collection, analysis and reporting more efficient for Salanga’s partner organizations. Through her work with Salanga, Christina builds on her extensive experience in international development More

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Christina is the Partnership Manager for Salanga. She is passionate about finding ways to make data collection, analysis and reporting more efficient for Salanga’s partner organizations. Through her work with Salanga, Christina builds on her extensive experience in international development and social work.

Christina has 10 years of experience as a project manager and technical advisor for development, humanitarian and social projects in Haiti, Zambia, Tanzania, Canada and elsewhere around the world. Christina brings to Salanga her skills in MEL, project design and proposal development, project management and coordination, reporting, facilitation, and training.  She has been on the proposal writing team for successfully funded projects ranging from $1 million to 24 million CAD. Christina has trained numerous organizations in mobile data collection and results-based management. She is excited about helping organizations find ways to use technology to make their work more efficient.

Christina has a Master of Social Work and Honours B.A. in Global Studies and Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University.  She has previously worked for ADRA Canada and WaterAid Canada. She has certificates in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation and Results-Based Management.

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Tomaš Trecek

Software Architect and Developer

Tomas is the senior software architect and developer for the first versions of Kinaki. He spent countless hours implementing new features, always keeping in mind what will be easiest and most intuitive for the user. He has worked in software More

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Tomas is the senior software architect and developer for the first versions of Kinaki. He spent countless hours implementing new features, always keeping in mind what will be easiest and most intuitive for the user. He has worked in software development for many for-profit and non-profit organizations. He is an expert in designing and creating user-friendly, safe and secure IT solutions.

Tomas inspired the technological solution for what you see and how you experience Kinaki today.

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Indigenious

Software Development Team

Alex Deva has been a web developer since the web existed. He thinks of programming as an exciting way to create things, and to create tools that create things. Together with Raul, they founded Indigenious Development in 2007. Alex is More

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Alex Deva has been a web developer since the web existed. He thinks of
programming as an exciting way to create things, and to create tools that
create things. Together with Raul, they founded Indigenious Development in
2007. Alex is a Romanian living in Sweden with his family.

Raul Radu…

 

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The Technology

Kinaki is a cloud-based, out-of-the-box solution for your project design, data collection, storage, analysis and reporting needs. You can access it from anywhere around the world, whenever you need it.

We recognize that the data you store in Kinaki is important and may be sensitive. Security is a top concern. Kinaki takes the following security measures to ensure your data is safe: (i) Secured communication with the server (all communication is encrypted); (ii) Data is regularly backed-up and backups are encrypted; (iii) Each access is logged in and protected; (iv) The platform itself runs on protected and encrypted servers.