Author: Heather Leson

Data @ IFRC: From Data Monologues to Infographic reporting (#15)

[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 of the IFRC Data Blog, we are share some examples of infographics and workshop plans for teaching responsible data. Annual Reports in Concise Form What if an annual report was less than 1 page, but still provided all the key information? Well, the IFRC Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting team created their 2016 Report as an infographic: Visualizing Remoteness and Vulnerability The Netherlands Red Cross’s 510 Global is field testing remoteness indicators. Their excellent summary of this project includes disclosure on how responsible use of data guided their work: “Data collected in this project was the minimum needed to verify the remoteness algorithms, and to contribute to specific key datasets, such as the locations of schools and hospitals, as well as building materials of buildings. In each village where data was collected, the village chief was consulted and permission was asked.” Responsible Data Monologues How can we teach key concepts and the practical application of data protection guidance and the responsible use of data? With the global Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting (PMER) team, ICRC, and National Societies, we ran a workshop last week based on the...

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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...

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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...

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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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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.