It’s time for our second MERL Tech Round Up, a monthly compilation of MERL Tech News!
On the MERL Tech Blog:
We’ve been posting session summaries from MERL Tech DC. Here are some posts you may have missed in October:
- Big data, big problems, big solutions
- Data quality in the age of lean data
- MERL Tech and the World of ICT Social Entrepreneurs (WISE)
- Tools, tips and templates for making Responsible Data a reality
- The Good, the bad and the ugly of using IATI results data
- Five lessons learned from applying design thinking to data use
- MERL Tech Maturity Models
- 12 ways to ensure your data management implementation doesn’t become a dumpster fire
- How to buy M&E software and not get bamboozled
- Data Security and Privacy – MERL Tech presentation spurs action
Stuff we’re reading/watching/bookmarking:
There’s quite a bit to learn both in our “MERL / Tech” sector and in related sectors whose experiences are relatable to MERL Tech. Some thought-provoking pieces here:
- New Philanthropy Capital: Towards an evidence based social sector
- Oxfam’s Duncan Green: How to ensure your research influences policy
- FinExtra: On replacing onerous Terms and Conditions with chatbots
- Nature: Is public data exempt from formal ethics review?
- Gov Lab: The potential of social media intelligence to improve people’s lives
- Making All Voices Count/IDS: Research at the intersection of technology, citizen engagement and transparency, accountability and governance
- MERL Tech participants/organizers: Responsible data resources and guidance
- Top on our list: MERL Tech London is confirmed for March 19-20, 2018! We’re taking session ideas until November 10th. Submit a session idea, register to attend, or reserve a demo table.
- We’ll be at the Feedback Labs Summit this week talking about what makes institutions responsive and adaptive.
- We’ll also be joining sessions at the American Evaluation Association Conference Nov 6-10 to share learning about gender and technology; talk about digitized consent processes; and discuss responsible digital data policy and practice.
Head over to ICT4DJobs for a ton of tech related jobs. Here are some interesting ones for folks in the MERL Tech space:
- SocialCops is a team of engineers, data scientists, and entrepreneurs, and they are looking to hire a variety of positions!
- UNU Computing and Society is filling a few Research Assistant and Senior Research Assistant positions, located in Macau, SAR, China.
- PATH is also looking for a Regional Learning and Action Network (LAN) Manager for Anglophone Countries to be based in PATH’s Kampala, Uganda office.
- CHAI’s Global Malaria team is seeking a highly motivated individual to manage the development of a full-scale malaria information system and set of tools that will accelerate malaria elimination across countries. Apply now!
- Oxfam is hiring a Development Data Analyst to be based in Boston, Massachusetts.
- VisionFund International is looking for Data Analyst. Apply soon! Application deadline is October 31st.
- Cooper/Smith is looking for a Senior Technical Consultant who can work with our Technical Director and Lead Data Strategist to conduct a 360 assessment of mobile health applications in Malawi.
- DAI is scoping out the perfect MEL Data Specialistfor their Managing for Development Results (MfDR) team. Apply now!
- You could be the next Data Scientist for Medic Mobile. Location is flexible.
If you’re not already signed up to the Pelican Initiative: Platform for Evidence-based Learning & Communication for Social Change, we recommend doing that. You will find all kinds of MERL and MERLTech related jobs and MERL-related advice. (Note: the Platform is an extremely active forum, so you may want to adjust your settings to receive weekly compilations).
Don’t forget to submit your session ideas for MERL Tech London by November 10th!