Data Management System improving DOVVSU’s work – Consultant

Elsie Appiah-Osei / Belinda Doe, GNA

Accra, June 27, GNA – Mr
Senanu Agboso, the Online Consultant at the Domestic Violence and Victim
Support Unit (DOVVSU), says the introduction of the DOVVSU Data Management
System (DODMAS) has led to improved collection, transmission and analyses of
DOVVSU’s data.

He said works that
used to be done between three days and three weeks are currently being carried
out effectively in five and 30 minutes.

“Initially getting
data on time used to be done in three weeks but now within 30 minutes one is assured
of getting data, while error detection and correction that were taking three
days are now done in five minutes,” Mr Agboso stated at a DOVVSU DODMAS media
briefing held in Accra on Tuesday.

The DODMAS, which was
launched last year, is an electronic means of collecting, collating and
disseminating information on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).

It has replaced the
manual means by which data was tabulated and forwarded to DOVVSU officers
by personnel.

According to Mr
Agbozo, during the third quarter of last year, the positive impact of the
system was felt by DOVVSU in all the regions.

The Online Consultant
addressing the media noted that so far 40 competent individuals had been
trained to man the system in all ten regions, adding that “Tema makes it eleven
regions because the impact is felt there too,” he said.

The DODMAS tool which
has three modules namely; the User Interface, Administrator Interface and Data
Analysis Interface has its webpage incorporated into the Ghana Police Service
website www.police.gov.gh.

Mr Agbozo observed
that the DOVVSU report features on the webpage quarterly with the system
running from Monday to Friday within the hours of 0800 to 1700.

He, therefore,
mentioned Assault, Abandonment of Infant, Abduction, Child Stealing, Child
Trafficking, Compulsion Marriage and Early Marriage as some of the offences
being featured on the system.

Others are Rape,
Unnatural Canal Knowledge, Unlawful Ejection, Threat of Death, Threat of Harm
and Stealing. 

Chief Superintendent
Lawrencia Akorli, the Director of DOVVSU, said the United Nations Population
Fund (UNFPA) had collaborated with the Unit to develop the system that readily
shared information on SGBV by a click of a button.

“This innovation is
intended to increase accessibility of DOVVSU database and have a centralised
system to improve data communication.

“This system will
enhance data security and minimise the risk of data loss,” she said.

Madam Akorli said for
the Unit to execute its mandate of generating adequate data for research,
policy and education, which is primarily for the reduction of violence within
the domestic setting, it was necessary for a well-structured, credible and
easily accessible data base to be available and the existence of the DODMAS was

“This will no doubt
ensure credibility and efficiency in the Unit’s data management system.

“DOVVSU is of the view
that, the data management will not only generate credible and reliable data but
give the Unit the right tool to provide a formula to fight all kind of abuses,”
she said.


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