Following the yellow brick road down the rabbit hole. Emily Tomkys, Oxfam Great Britain
Oxfam has been taking steps to integrate our program data into a standard database and push it through a reporting layer. Not only does does this allow us to effectively protect our data but also allows for analysis beyond survey to survey. Dare we dream of national or even cross border reporting and analysis? We’ll present the steps taken so far and challenges and successes that have arisen during the process. Courage, heart and brains have got us to the point of funding and organisational sign off but it still seems like a bit of a fantasy. Will the yellow brick road lead us down a rabbit hole or will we achieve a datahub that enables us to be data driven.
Emily Tomkys, Programme Officer, Oxfam Great Britain. As ICT in Programme Officer, Emily supports staff with applications of ICTs within their work. She specialises in mobile data collection, and coordinating Oxfam’s work on how ICTs can be used within monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL). Emily is also exploring how to improve applying MEAL to projects that use ICTs to maximise organisational learning and programme quality. Before this role, she worked as a research analyst first in the Insights team and later the Protection team. Prior to joining Oxfam in 2010, Emily worked as a data analyst before completing an MA in Global Security. More about Emily here, on Twitter @emilytomkys or at Oxfam.