Friday, 10.30-11.30 (Balcony C)

Making open data on results useful. Taryn Davis, Development Gateway; Reid Porter, InterAction
Through the Initiative for Open Agriculture Funding, Results Data Initiative, and research on “avoiding data graveyards,” we have learned much about how to make shared results data more useful. In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to explore results data published to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) to see if the data actually allows them to answer questions on how “successful” a project was. We will then open a discussion to share our learnings from previous research, and takeaways from the hands-on exercise on how to make published results data more useful for learning and analysis.

Session Level:

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Session Details:

This session aims to provide attendees with tangible ideas on how to improve their sharing of results data in a useful way, and understanding of how that data can, and should be used. We will do this by introducing key learnings from the Initiative for Open Agriculture Funding, Results Data Initiative, and research on Avoiding Data Graveyards. Participants will then be broken up into groups to take an example of results data that has been published in the IATI standard, and explore what can be learned and interpreted from the data. The group with then come back to share what was learned and discuss the major take-aways on how results data can be shared to promote learning, and what else needs to happen to be sure that it doesn’t end up in the data graveyard.

Session Leads:

Taryn Davis, Senior Associate, Development Gateway. Taryn is an experienced Project Manager and Technical Analyst with experience working in over 8 different countries. She has supported the implementation of the Aid Management Platform, working with country governments in Lao PDR, Timor-Leste, Tanzania, Malawi, and Kyrgyzstan. Taryn managed the AMP Good Practices Workshop in 2013 and 2014, which brought together over 30 participants from 10 different countries to share lessons learned among country aid management units. Taryn has experience in developing and administering interactive training curricula, developing aid management processes, and designing system requirements for complex information management systems, such as the UNDG IMS. Learn more about Taryn here, on Twitter @taryn_whitney and at Development Gateway.

Reid Porter, Director for Transparency and Open Data, InterAction. Reid leads InterAction’s efforts to increase transparency, accountability and effectiveness in the NGO sector. This involves supporting the development of InterAction’s NGO Aid Map, advocating for improvements in the quality and accessibility of open aid data, and managing InterAction’s Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Working Group (EPEWG). This working group seeks to improve InterAction members’ capacity to measure their effectiveness, and to inform donor M&E policies and practices. More about Reid here, on Twitter @reidmporter and at InterAction.