Author: Heather Leson

Audio: Take a listen to the Data Curious to Data Ready Discussion

In this one hour conversation, we consider data literacy and what it means for individuals and organizations. What are some examples of impact? Needs for systems and structural adjustments? We touch on wide-range of topics from types of data, how can we add value, how can we be honest and inclusive as we work with communities. One point that really resonates is the potential of being localized in our activities: “The ownership of data is where the power can really come from. Communities are engaged in collecting data and information about themselves that they are then using to show evidence/facts about what is happening. That can really do a lot for empowerment. “ (Dirk Slater, Fabriders) Listen to our discussion on Data Literacy: (1 hour) About our guests: We would like to thank our guest speakers for sharing their experience and thoughts on the data journey: Nnenna Nwakanma, Senior Policy Advisor at World Wide Web Foundation, advocates for open data, open government and the open Web across Africa, bringing together local and international stakeholders to advance the open agenda. She works to drive forward the Africa Data Consensus, the Africa Open Data Network, the Africa Open Data Conference and the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms. She represents the Web Foundation at a number of international fora, including the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. Recently, she pioneered...

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Data @ IFRC: How can we be locally data-driven? (#14)

[ed. note: Data @ IFRC is a blog series to share highlights from the Red Cross Red Crescent Secretariat and National Societies. We will include learning opportunities and thought pieces on all things data from ethics to evidence.] What does it mean to be locally-driven in our data activities? In this edition of Data @ IFRC, we’ll share three examples of how the global community is working together to learn and share data. We also have some resources to assist your data journey. Water and Sanitation Initiative: 30 million people by 2025 IFRC aims to increase access to safe water and sanitation to 30 million people by 2025. The Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI) partnered with Salesforce.org to monitor our progress on this important goal. Robert Fraser, Senior Officer WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Health and Care Department, is shepherding this project to a beta launch. The technical teams often joke about transferring the institutional knowledge in Robert’s brain into the dashboard tool requirements and data outputs. The GWSI Salesforce.org project aims to encourage ownership, use, and accountability of the data while building value for the National Societies. The workflow is simple – National Societies will upload their water and sanitation project data to the system on a regular basis. The tool produces basic data visualizations along with the capability for sharing reporting content. The benefits of the...

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Webinar: From Data Curious to Data Ready in Humanitarian Sector

Humanitarians work with local communities around the world to address many challenges. With the data revolution growing in our sector, how can we build data literacy? Why is this important? What are some examples of the impact or the potential issues? Join the Data Literacy Conversation: Date:  Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Time: 15:00 CEST/ 13:00 UTC – 16:00 CEST / 14:00 UTC Location: Skype Broadcast (Webinar link)* Duration: 1 hour. Questions/Comments welcome.   Our special guests will share their knowledge on data-driven innovation and data literacy: Panthea Lee and Laura Freschi, Reboot. Reboot is a social impact firm dedicated to inclusive development and accountable governance. Ms. Lee’s article reflecting on “data for programs” and “data for reporting” has provoked many conversations on our data literacy journey. Dirk Slater, Fabriders. Fabriders is a consultancy which focuses on improving the effectiveness of social change efforts through: utilising data and technologies, facilitation of participatory events, and developing strong organisations and networks. Mr. Slater and colleagues conducted data literacy research for the School of Data. He will share some practical lessons on implementing data programs. Nnenna Nwakanma and Ana Brandusescu, World Wide Web Foundation. The Web Foundation blends powerful advocacy, cutting-edge research, and practical innovation to build a better web for all. IFRC’s data literacy program is intrinsically tied to digital literacy and digital access. The Web Foundation team is embarking on how to...

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Data @ IFRC #13: Data Collaboratives, Palm Vein Research

[ed. note: Data @ IFRC is a blog series to share highlights from the Red Cross Red Crescent Secretariat and National Societies. We will include learning opportunities and thought pieces on all things data from ethics to evidence.] In this edition, we have data stories across the Federation including items from Malawi/Netherlands, Philippines and Panama/Brazil. Palm vein recognition IFRC is investigating many types of data to support our humanitarian efforts. The Community and Emergency Health Team is carrying out a feasibility study on palm vein pattern recognition technology and its application in healthcare settings, crisis management or any other...

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Data @ IFRC #12: Responsible Data, video from Tanzanian Red Cross

[ed. note: Data @ IFRC is a blog series to share highlights from the Red Cross Red Crescent Secretariat and National Societies. We will include learning opportunities and thought pieces on all things data from ethics to evidence.] Open Data @ IFRC Over 180 events connected humanitarians, civil society groups, technologists, governments, and organizations for Open Data Day. IFRC hosted our first ever Open Data Day / Responsible Data Day event on March 3, 2017.  We provided information and demonstrations about how open data is used for humanitarian action. Two data-driven projects at IFRC demonstrated how their data is...

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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.