Integrated Survey System

ISS

What is the Integrated Survey System?

The Integrated Survey System, or ISS, is a tool that can be used to provide a strategic approach to an organization’s endeavors. It facilitates responsive, transparent, context-based, target-focused interventions and programs.
The ISS process is tedious but comprehensive, as all stages are of equal importance to the quality and integrity of the end product. One of the principles taken into great consideration in the ISS is garbage in, garbage out: whatever you input in any stage of the process affects the quality of the system’s entirety.
Focusing on Implementation, two critical components of the ISS are Data Collection (Census Type Survey) and Structure Foot printing (Ground mapping and spatial mapping).
Data collection involves interviewing all residential structures (i.e. household interviews using pen-and-paper method) as well as all non-residential structures (i.e. commercial, industrial, institutional, etc). Specifically for residential structures, data gathered would be on a household level focusing on demographics, socio-economic profiling, health profiling, and other information that the end-user organization will require and need.
Mapping involves doing ground maps, plotting all types of structures. These ground maps are then plotted over a digitized map. Note, however, that mapping does not involve getting the lot measurements/land areas and other information needed in cadastral surveys. Mapping in the ISS is only structure based.

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Integrated Data and Mapping

Focusing on Implementation, two critical components of the ISS are Data Collection (Census Type Survey) and Structure Foot printing (Ground mapping and spatial mapping).
The ISS is called such precisely because data gathered (from the Data Collection phase and the ground maps done in Mapping) are then integrated into the digitized map – making a Geographic Information System not only showing structures but also Geodata Information.

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The ISS’ strength is not just its foundational use for establishing baseline data, but also in its use for analytics and micro targeting.
Data collected is not limited to affirming or confirming what we already know as facts on-the-ground, it can also alter initial assumptions based on actual contexts. In effect, this can change the direction of service/program provision based on fact-grounded reprioritization. Note that the types of data to be collected are pre-determined by the client organization, which are based on its key result areas/priority areas of concern.
Data to be gathered is for all households, and the information on specific groups and demographics can be micro-targeted. Household profiling is done and the wealth of data collected can be used not just in a straightforward manner, but more importantly by interplaying the different data sets. Example, in defining programs for the differently abled, priority is given to those who have the potential to be productive despite their disability. From the master list of all differently-abled population, data can be further filtered by age (i.e.18-30, unemployed, interested to be trained on vocation skills) and the filtered list can be the subject of a vocational technology training program on skills that are home-based but can provide alternative livelihood to the member of the household who is disabled (i.e. cellphone repair, umbrella and shoe repair among others).
Micro targeting will help determine demographic specific services and programs through filtering of defined indicators. These indicators depend on the specific focus and direction of the client organization.
Using the data gathered linked with the maps, programs to be implemented will be context-based (actual grass root situation), thus helping in prioritization (having identified the class D and E households) and resource management. Including the mapping data, information collected can be utilized for business and tax mapping, as well as the comprehensive land use planning. Prioritization will not just be based on demographics but as well as on location (i.e. Which areas have more specific service needs as compared to others including infrastructure? Where are the households that need to be reached for programs?).
Recipients of services provided can likewise be tracked using the ISS and can measure aggregate value of what has already been provided to the communities in the City (per household) and measure as well its impact.
The database is housed in the ISS Software (proprietary to Breta Consulting), which is integrated with a spatial mapping tool (Business Mapper or BM proprietary to Paperless Trail Inc.), which your organization can use at any given time. The ISS can generate reports (tabular, master lists, filtered data sets) and the Business Mapper using Live Connect technology can quickly translate these data in visual form overlaying on a satellite map.