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IPC Information Support System

The IPC Information Support System (ISS) is a new innovative web-based application that has been designed to facilitate global, regional and national stakeholders in creating, storing, and disseminating IPC analyses and information.

ISS simplifies the IPC analysis process by digitizing the IPC tools needed to implement the IPC four core functions: Building Technical Consensus; Classifying Severity and Causes; Communicating for Action; and Quality Assurance. 

ISS is easy to use because it mirrors the IPC steps for conducting IPC Acute and, more recently, Chronic Food Insecurity Analysis and it facilitates greater access to IPC analyses and results. The purpose is to increase transparency and accountability, and enables historical review of IPC analyses conducted at national and regional levels.

The ISS platform consists of two entry points: the country portals, in the backend, owned and managed by IPC Country Technical Working Groups, and the public interface in the frontend, where users can see the IPC Acute and Chronic Food Insecurity Analyses validated and shared by countries.

Currently, 16 ISS country portals for IPC Acute and Chronic Food Insecurity Analysis have been created and are in use in English, French and Spanish. Additional languages will be considered upon request.

Countries implementing IPC that would like to create an IPC ISS country portal, can submit the request to IPC@fao.org 

For more information on the IPC ISS please send an e-mail to: iss@ipcinfo.org 

Requirements For Usage

Countries who opt-in to the system maintain their own portal at no cost. The ISS is user friendly so that the same capacities involved in the IPC analysis are also used in the ISS (analysts, peer reviewers, others). Minimal technical capacity is required as the system is online and secure against unwarranted users.

A country must nominate a System Admin, ideally someone from the Technical Working Group, who has basic IT skills to create user accounts and grant permissions. Analysts fill in the worksheets. A designated person completes the Communication Template.

Capacity building activities are carried out by the IPC Global support Unit (GSU) to ensure users are able to utilize the ISS. An ad-hoc module on ISS has been incorporated into the IPC Level 1 Training. The module is available in English, Spanish, and French. Additionally, the advanced training for System Administrators, Level 2 trainers, and Regional Coordinators is also available in the same three languages.

Countries implementing IPC that would like to create an IPC ISS country portal, can submit the request to IPC@fao.org 

'Private' and Public Access to IPC Analyses 

Countries can opt to utilize the ISS in ‘private’ mode, in which case it acts as an application accessible only to Country Technical Working Group members. In this situation, no data or information is publicly available. Alternatively, country focal people can decide to share IPC data for stakeholders by enabling public view of the Communication Template.

To view the publicly shared analysis, follow the link: http://iss.ipcinfo.org/public/map

The public map is ‘clickable’, meaning that it allows the user to click on analysis areas and see the pop-up box with more information.

For more information > ISS Brochure 

ISS Advantages

  • Enhances the quality of the analysis;
  • Reduces the time and cost of the analysis by automating IPC tools and procedures;
  • Lessens reliance on GIS experts by automatically creating the IPC map;
  • Increases transparency by giving technical partners and other stakeholders public access to the analysis; 
  • Enables a historical database of previous analyses per country.
  • Enables regional and global comparison of IPC analyses on one screen; 
  • Overall, improves understanding of the IPC because all tools are packaged in a software.

Contact

To request: 

SICAThe World Food Programme (WFP)Save the ChildrenOxfamIGADThe Joint research Center (JRC) of the European CommissionFood Security ClustersFEWS NETFAOThe Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)CARE InternationalACF