Author: Heather Leson

Know Your Data, Be a Champion

Data Literacy activities build a common language and connect data leaders with data curious while co-creating spaces to learn and share skills. The Centre for Humanitarian Data’s Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX)  team and IFRC co-hosted a two-day Data Skills workshop on March 7 – 8, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. We convened 40 diverse humanitarians including information managers, monitoring & evaluation colleagues, disaster/operations managers, health coordinators, journalists, and community engagement delegates from across OCHA, UN agencies, IFRC, National Societies, international and local NGOs. The interactive workshop design included a mix of discussion/knowledge sharing sessions and hands-on technical exercises. “I didn’t...

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Open Data Day – Sharing and Exploring Data

[Guest post from Astrid Legaye, IFRC Data Analysis Intern, and Klaudia Jankowska, IFRC Data Science Intern] IFRC’s journey to be more data ready includes looking for new opportunities to support data skills development within the organization and in collaboration with other humanitarian organizations. To this end, the IFRC Secretariat in Geneva hosted the Open Data Day on the 2nd of March 2018. How is the IFRC using data to make decisions and collect insights about Humanitarian Action? What are some of the opportunities or challenges that ICRC and the Humanitarian Data Exchange (UN OCHA) tackle? These are the questions we...

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How to do Community-Based Epidemiological Surveillance, using WhatsApp and My Maps

[Guest Post: Fanor Camacho, Information Management Delegate, IFRC Americas] Among the tools used for the Community-Based Surveillance and Monitoring (CBSM) protocol in the  Community Action Project against Zika (CAZ) , ovitraps are useful for monitoring the  mosquito vector of Zika. An ovitrap is a place where mosquitoes lay their eggs. It is a black, cylindrical container filled with water that is made to be an ideal location for a female Aedes aegypti mosquito to lay eggs (Nature,2011). The Colombian Red Cross has installed ovitraps as a pilot in five of its branches or subsidiaries.  In Antioquia Branch,  40 ovitraps were installed in...

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Data Collection Basics

[ed. note. Cross-posted – “Data Collection Basics” by Fanor Camacho, Humanitarian Data Specialist/Information Management Delegate, IFRC Americas Regional Office.] The data collection is a critical point for the data cycle process, excellent data quality will allow an excellent analysis. For this purpose, it is necessary to consider several aspects which are related to each other, these aspects are described here below: Installed capacity: It refers to the internal capacity of the team that collects the data, it is necessary to identify what kind of competences we can find internally, if the members have received any training in data collection, some members could have programming skills, others analysis skills, communication or leadership. These aspects should be considered to maximize the benefit in each of the tasks in the process. Human resource: It is necessary to consider the number of people involved in the data collection process and the time that our human resources can devote to this work. Considering having more time available we could obtain more data and measure some other variables that can boost our analysis. Available technology: The choice of the type of application to data collection is directly related to factors such as: the installed capacity in the team, the technological resource available, the budget, the context. There are multiple applications that allow data collection, starting from paper surveys to the use of electronic devices for...

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Data Socialization – Fostering a Data Culture

What does it take to be a Data Ready organization? All around the world organizations are either prepared or preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Now, consider this: What will it take to be a Data Ready Humanitarian Organization? What are the data-driven strategies, programs, activities, and frameworks required to support data skills development? And, how do we implement this on a local to global scale?  The recent World Economic Forum conversation on Data Responsibility highlighted the need to focus on helping all staff incorporate these necessary skills. For the past year, we’ve been on this journey at IFRC. Building on existing networks and skills, the data literacy program is taking a holistic view on data readiness. Most data programs focus on advancing the high-end information management / data science skills. These types of activities are occurring across the IFRC and in other humanitarian organizations. The Data Literacy program connects the data curious to the data leaders by building a data culture to support data readiness.  We are taking a multi-layered, inclusive approach to deliver more sustainable changes. ****** Data Socialization was the theme of the first year of Data Literacy at IFRC. Fostering a Data Literacy program in a large global organization is no small task. The core activities were collecting user stories, building with existing ecosystems/networks in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, and devising skillshares/content. Data...

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About the IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.