Data literacy is a team sport. How can organizations improve their data readiness? How can we upskill in the humanitarian sector? As part of Humanitarian Network Partnership Week, IFRC and the Centre for Humanitarian Data (represented by Javier Teran) convened 50 participants to share about our data literacy activities. We shared about the two organizations activities around data literacy and then hosted breakout groups on two topics.

What does some of your organization needs around data literacy?
Participants were from universities, NGOs, IOs, and civil society. The Center for Humanitarian Data’s data literacy research was confirmed by the audience who said there is a need for investment in data readiness, a need to support the value of data, support for responsible data, best practices on data sharing, and ability to analyze data. And lastly, that with data literacy comes a need for a culture shift for organizational preparedness.

How can you and your organization contribute?
As expected, there are a plethora of resources around data literacy. It was super exciting to hear how other humanitarian actors are keen to help others on their data journey. There were offers to share content, resources, joint training, and translation support. Some individuals will test out the Data Playbook beta content with their audiences and give feedback. There was an offer to develop approaches and systems to make data management easier. And, there was an offer to provide research level data analysis (network modeling, epidemiology, predictive analysis).

Join our Data Literacy Consortium User Group – February 27th

How can we build on our strengths around data literacy? Together with the Centre for Humanitarian Data, Fabriders and IFRC, we are convening our first Data Literacy User Groups starting on Wednesday February 27 2019. We will be using Zoom for this call. Be sure to download the software prior to the call. (register here)

Why a Data Literacy Consortium

  1. Partnerships across humanitarian actors, universities/research and business are critical to success and sustainable planning.
  2. We cannot be bystanders – Humanitarian Response needs a Data & Digital upgrade. The risks and opportunities that the influx of data and technology grows.
  3. Upskilling staff and volunteers can improve our work and localize data workflows.

Education by Tuktuk Design (Noun Project)
Here are some of the proposed activities that we might co-create:

Activity 1: Scale the Data Playbook

  • Co-create and transition the Data Playbook Beta to the Data Playbook Version 1
  • Get the wider, deeper, simpler content help
  • Guide the development of content – Advice and support.
  • Review the content as we develop it.
  • Give Feedback
  • Identify existing content for the playbook
  • Build contribution paths by individual, organization

Activity 2: Workshops/Engagement – Joint training programs

  • Building shared content in person and online will reach more humanitarians. Center for Humanitarian Data and IFRC are already engaged in these activities.

Activity 3: Pilot New Methods reaching humanitarians (Beyond MOOCs)

  • SMS tips
  • Data-o-meter – a beta tool to serve data tips, content and training based on user requests

Icon credit: Education by Tuktuk Design (Noun Project).
Photo Credit: Data Playbook beta demo by Dirk Slater, Fabriders ccby