Digital and Spatial Technologies for Anticipatory Action (DASTAA)

An integrated digital system that combines a mobile and web application, empowering users with risk assessment, visualization, risk communication, and early action support. 

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What is DASTAA ?

Digital and Spatial Technologies for Anticipatory Action (DASTAA) is a powerful integrated digital platform designed to assist anticipatory action decision making. By seamlessly integrating its Semi-quantitative Risk Assessment feature with Weather Forecasts and Nowcast, this all-in-one solution offers an unprecedented level of situational awareness.

With a digital data collection approach, DASTAA automatically analyzes vast datasets, categorizing individual geographical objects into three distinct categories: red, green, and yellow. These categories reflect the varying levels of vulnerability and risk associated with each geographical object.

Mobile Applications

  • Prepare customizable data collection survey forms for different scenarios
  • Plan and manage activities for collecting digital data
  • Assign user roles and monitor the progress of data collection work
  • Dissemination of early action information 

Web Applications

  • Create a set of criteria for ranking geographical objects.
  • Storage, management, and visualization of datasets.
  • Analyze automatic data for risk/vulnerability ranking.
  • Create profile for individual geographical object (households, schools, etc.)
  • Create custom dashboards for different user groups.

Awards & Recognitions

We have been awarded with multiple Innovation grants to implement the Household Level Vulnerability Indexing with different components of DASTAA in Nepal and outside

How It Works

DASTAA is an initiative that aims to brings together existing software systems that use a data driven approach to anticipate seasonal disaster risks and a human centric approach to design and disseminate early action messages to households at risk on their mobile phones. The system consists of a tool that allows organizations to not just conduct household level risk assessment but also automatically classify each households into different categories based on their risk and vulnerability level. Besides the system also allows tailored messaging based on household risks, unlike tools using a blanket approach.

Understanding Risk

  • Data Acquisition (Using Digital technologies, Frontier
  • Hazard Models and Scenarios,Vulnerability, Exposure and Risk Assessment

Establishing Threshold & Benchmarks

  • Derivation of Threshold and Impact Levels and 
  • Disaster Calendar & Identification of Activities

Monitoring of Forecast

  • Monitoring of Forecast
  • Generation of Triggers (Readiness and Action)

Communicating Triggers

  • Identification of Stakeholders
  • Common Alerting Protocol & Activation (Stakeholders, SMS, IVR, Mobile Application)

Acting Early

  • Early Action

Major Features

Our feature includes the following to collaborate and organize collective efforts in Disaster Risk Reduction

Automatic categorization of household based on vulnerability & risk

Awareness and knowledge based materials

Criteria management for its risk assessments

Design question for survey using mobile apps

Early warning module based on scenarios

Interactive web mapping and granular information

FAQs ?

Anticipatory action (AA) refers to a proactive approach in addressing potential risks or disasters before they occur. Using forecasts or early warnings, AA aims to protect people before a disaster hits.

Local governments have the ability to update the data and dynamically adjust other scores related to vulnerability. This means that as new information becomes available or as circumstances change, the data used to assess vulnerabilities can be updated accordingly.

This tool allows organizations to conduct any digital assessment of spatial features such as household, schools, roads trees etc providing valuable insights for informed decision-making processes.

Ranging from 0 – 1, higher value represent higher vulnerability and vice-versa.

Household level vulnerability measures individual household susceptibility to hazards using detailed survey data, allowing for targeted interventions and support for the most at-risk populations.

Clients and Partners