Friday, 15.30-17.00 (Balcony B)

Big data, big problems big solutions series: Incorporating responsible data principles in institutional data management. Alvaro Cobo-Santillan, Catholic Relief Services (CRS); Jeff Lundberg, CRS; Paul Perrin, University of Notre Dame; Gillian Kerr, LogicalOutcomes Canada
The nonprofit sector produces a wealth of data that plays a fundamental role in the strategic and operational decision making and learning. Nevertheless, many organizations face major challenges with storing and integrating data produced in the field, hence limiting decision and learning capacity. Data warehousing and integration is an approach that could help fill this gap. However, it raises challenges in terms of responsible data management. This session will discuss the major conceptual, programmatic and technical considerations needed to implement responsible data principles and approaches, at different levels (field, region, global) and scenarios.

Session Resources:

Big Data, Big Problems, Big Solutions – Paul

Big Data, Big Problems, Big Solutions – Alvaro, Jeff, Gillian

Session Level:

Beginner, Intermediate

Session Details:

The non-profit sector, as any other sector, produces a wealth of data that plays a fundamental role in the strategic and operational decision making and learning of the organizations. Nevertheless, many organizations face major challenges on storing and integrating the data produced in the field, hence limiting its decision and learning capacity. Data warehousing and integration is an approach that could help fill this gap. However, it raises challenges in terms of responsible data management. In this context, and following the series: “Big data, big problems, big solutions,” the panelists would like to propose a discussion on the major conceptual, programmatic and technical considerations to implement responsible data principles/approaches, at different levels (field, region, global) and scenarios (e.g.: development and humanitarian response), in the context of implementing a data warehousing or integration system. With the participation of CRS, Notre Dame University, and Logical Outcomes, this will be a space to share different approaches and concrete experiences.

Session Leads:

Gillian Kerr, President, LogicalOutcomes Canada. Gillian founded LogicalOutcomes in 2013 to provide evaluation and consulting to Canadian nonprofits. LogicalOutcomes creates, implements and shares tools and approaches that lead to social change; it promotes open access principles among funders and non-profits; and it constantly evaluates and improves what it does. Since early 2015 it has focused on implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems using DHIS2. More on Gillian here and at LogicalOutcomes.

Paul Perrin, Director and Associate Professor of the Practice, University of Notre Dame. Learn more about Paul here or at the University of Notre Dame.

Alvaro Cobo-Santillan, Senior MEAL/ICT Advisor, Catholic Relief Services. Learn more about Alvaro here or at Catholic Relief Services.

Jeff Lundberg, Senior Program Manager, Catholic Relief Services. Learn more about Jeff here or at Catholic Relief Services.