Thursday, 10.45-12.15 (Balcony B)

Tools, tips and templates for making responsible data a reality. David Leege, Catholic Relief Services; Linda Raftree, Independent Consultant; Marcy Brown, Sonjara;  Emily Tomkys, Oxfam Great Britain
At this session we will share concrete and actionable strategies, tips and resources for improving how we handle the data of people involved in our MERL and our wider programming. Participants will walk away with knowledge, resources and examples of data policies, tools, templates and contacts that will help them immediately implement

Session Level:

Beginner, Intermediate

Session Details:

This will be a practical session to share tools and tips on how organizations have introduced and implemented responsible data techniques into program work. Participants will start the session by playing Oxfam’s new Responsible data game – a recently released training product aimed to introduce the core concepts, data challenges and dilemmas that staff in the field need to consider.

Following this introduction, we will facilitate a “data monologues” session asking participants to share a story about a data fail (the scenario, results, etc) or how they managed a particularly difficult ethics or privacy challenge related to data, and to think about ways an organization could/should respond and what they would need to make this happen.

In the final 30 minutes participants will take a guided visit to four “marketplace tables” where they learn about practical tools and resources to help them in their work and share their own tools and tactics used in their own work.

List of resources

Session Leads:

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.

Linda Raftree, Independent Consultant. Linda supports strategy, program design, research, and technology in international development initiatives. She co-founded MERLTech in 2014 and Kurante in 2013. Linda advises Girl Effect on digital safety, security and privacy and supports the organization with research and strategy. She is involved in developing responsible data policies for both Catholic Relief Services and USAID. Since 2011, she has been advising The Rockefeller Foundation’s Evaluation Office on the use of ICTs in monitoring and evaluation. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Linda worked for 16 years with Plan International. Linda runs Technology Salons in New York City and advocates for ethical approaches for using ICTs and digital data in the humanitarian and development space. She is the co-author of several publications on technology and development, including 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 or find her on Twitter @meowtree.

David Leege, Director of University Engagement and Research, Catholic Relief Services (CRS). David’s focus is to develop research and other collaboration with universities through institutional partnerships. He also teaches agriculture and food security as adjunct faculty in Catholic University’s School of Business and Economics and the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health. David joined CRS in 1991 in Angola, managing food security and income generation projects in war-affected communities. He then served successively as CRS Country Representative in Benin, Pakistan, Cambodia, Rwanda and Burundi where he oversaw programs in food security, agriculture, microfinance, maternal child health, and peacebuilding, funded by USAID, the European Union and other private donors. In 2004, David became Deputy Director of the Program Quality and Support Department at CRS headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, where he coordinated global technical assistance. David holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Montpellier I (France). Prior to CRS, David served as a Peace Corps Agricultural Extension Volunteer and with the U.S. State Department in Mauritania. More about David here or at Catholic Relief Services.

Marcy Brown is the Senior Digital Visualization Analyst and Content Strategist at Sonjara. Marcy has over 9 years’ experience working with for-profits and non-profits in international development. She has a wide skill set, encompassing qualitative and quantitative research for USAID and other donor projects, data analysis, and business development as well as illustration and graphic design. She has recently been supporting Sonjara’s work with the mSTAR project to develop Responsible Data guidelines. Marcy been illustrating and doing graphic design since 1998, though she’s been drawing as long as she could hold a crayon. Marcy has a Masters Degree in International Relations from Hult International Business School. More about Sonjara.

Ana Maria Cuenca is the Deputy Director of the mSTAR program at FHI 360.  She is experienced in supervising the operations of USAID and International Finance Corporation programs with ten years in the field of international development. Before joining FHI 360, Ana Maria worked as the Grants Specialist for the USAID Child Blindness Program and for the Pacific-American Climate Fund and the manager for the USAID-funded Iraq Access to Justice Program and the Afghanistan Rule of Law – Formal Component Program at Tetra Tech DPK. More about Ana Maria here.