Pre-Workshop

Operationalizing Responsible Data

September 4, 9am-5pm

1875 Connecticut Ave, NW
“Greeley Hall, Floor 3
Washington, DC 20009

Join us for a one-day workshop on Operationalizing Responsible Data!

You’ve been hearing about Responsible Data for a few years now, but what does it actually mean for you and your organization? Should you have your own Responsible Data Policy and Procedures? What tools and templates can you adapt for your own purposes? What can you learn from others’ experiences about integrating Responsible Data practices at the organizational level?

Join us for a one-day session on Responsible Data for USAID implementing partners, development organizations, humanitarian agencies, foundations, and evaluators, where together we will address the following questions:

  • What is Responsible Data and how can you get your organization up to speed?
  • What practical steps can you take to integrate Responsible Data into your organization?
  • Where can you find Responsible Data policies and standards to adapt for your purposes?
  • What practical tools and templates can help your organization understand and assess its data practices?
  • What lessons have others learned from implementing Responsible Data Policies & Procedures?

We’ll be inviting a number of organizations to share their experiences — both what worked and where they experienced challenges. We’ll also offer some tools and templates that you can adapt to your organization’s context and culture.

You’ll leave the workshop with a better sense of how various types of organizations are integrating responsible data practices into their institutional ethos along with tools and templates to use in your own organization.

Facilitated by:

Linda Raftree co-founded MERL Tech in 2014. She is the lead organizer of the conference and related MERL Tech efforts. Additionally, Linda supports strategy, program design, research, and ethical uses of technology and digital data in the social sector, both internationally and domestically. This includes supporting organizations to develop and implement responsible data policies, guidelines, practices, and data governance that pays special attention on how digital safeguarding and data privacy affects girls, women, and other historically marginalized or vulnerable groups and how organizations can address capacity gaps at various levels. Linda runs Technology Salon in New York City and participates on a number of technology advisory groups and steering committees related to ethical data and technology. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, she worked for 16 years with Plan International. Linda has published on the intersection of digital technology and adolescent girls, child/youth migration, youth workforce development, monitoring and evaluation, and digital safeguarding and ethics. She is the co-author of Emerging Opportunities: Monitoring and Evaluation in a Tech-Enabled World with Michael Bamberger. Linda blogs at Wait… What? and tweets as @meowtree. See Linda’s full bio here.

Alexandra (Alex) Robinson, specializes in evaluation, learning, responsible data and technology ethics, with a particular focus on supporting strategies that leverage digital technology and open innovation to address complex development and human rights challenges. She has advised Fortune 500 companies, major bilateral donors, private foundations, and global non-profits on data strategies in some of the world’s most fragile and sensitive contexts. In her early career, Alex created and digitized forensic counter-trafficking victim-intake systems, directed interventions on the India-Nepal border, and utilized data analytics to inform intelligence-led investigations. Upon returning to the US, she led USAID/Global Development Lab’s Ebola Recovery team’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning strategy, supporting interventions advancing internet connectivity, health information systems, mobile health, digital financial services, and private sector partnerships in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. At Humanity United, an entity of The Omidyar Group, Alex applied best practices in measurement, design, and analytics to develop, test, and adapt strategies to support peacebuilding in Mali, Zimbabwe, and South Sudan, counter-trafficking interventions in Qatar, Nepal, and Thailand, and impact investing ventures targeting corporate supply chain transparency. There, she also worked intensively on responsible data strategy, and continues to advise the organization on responsible data policy and practice. Alex is currently the Director of Evidence and Impact at Moonshot Global, where she continues to advance strategies to drive innovation through evidence, while maintaining a commitment to responsible data and technology ethics.

Speakers and Case Studies:

Rebecca Saxton-Fox is an ICT Policy Advisor on the Development Informatics team at USAID. She works on advancing the appropriate use of data and digital technologies in USAID programs, with a particular focus in the past few years on development and promotion of responsible data practices within the Agency. When she first joined USAID in 2015, she worked on the Lab’s Ebola recovery team on strengthening health information systems in West Africa. Prior to that, Rebecca spent two years in Jordan working for the United Nations Office for Project Service (UNOPS) on regional humanitarian and development projects in in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen. Rebecca began her career with Orbis International, primarily working as logistics coordinator on their “Flying Eye Hospital”, an airplane converted into an ophthalmic teaching hospital that travels the world training local doctors and providing free medical care – which took her to more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Rebecca holds a MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a BA in Economics from Haverford College. She lives in DC with her husband and two children.

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Questions? Contact Linda Raftree