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!

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 and context? What practical tools can help your organization understand and assess its data practices?
  • How can organizations navigate data ethics, privacy, and data ownership issues when entering corporate partnerships or commercializing platforms or data services? 
  • What are the unique challenges of responsible data in humanitarian contexts, and how can we address difficult issues such as power and informed consent, for example when using biometric tracking systems?
  • What are core challenges with digital data and new data sources when conducting MERL?

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.

Leads on RD Case Study Discussions:

Responsible Data Policies, Guidelines and Standards

Kelly Church is the Director of Digital Impact at CARE where she leads CARE’s responsible data work which includes developing policies for if and how they partner with the private sector and developing values, policies and processes for increasing responsible data across CARE’s 95 country offices. Kelly works closely with CARE country offices to streamline and consolidate tools for digital impact such as refugee case management, cash management and distribution systems, mobile data collection and mobile communication systems.  Kelly holds a MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University where she focused on humanitarian studies, ICTs and gender. She has eight years of experience working in international development helping organizations to adopt, implement and evaluate the impact of ICTs. She spent four years living and working in Nairobi, Kenya, primarily focused on developing a mobile money solution for last-mile organizations.

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.

Corporate Partnerships, Financial Inclusion, and Cash

Gigi Gatti is Grameen Foundation USA’s Technology for Development Director and leads Grameen’s technology innovation team. Formerly, Grameen’s Regional Director, Asia. Gigi has over 25 years work experience in the IT, , development, banking, insurance and microfinance industries. She holds an MBA and Computer Science degrees, is a Certified Microfinance Expert and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. She has been an active contributor to the IT, Microfinance and Financial Inclusion communities as a resource speaker, facilitator or moderator for various conferences and international events.

Kelly Church (see bio above)

Lynn Yoshikawa joined CaLP in December 2017, bringing 15 years of humanitarian experience to her role as Regional Representative for CaLP Americas. Her career includes extensive experience in the field (Afghanistan, Middle East, and Southeast Asia) and headquarter offices, where she specialised in assessments, coordination, and policy analysis. Prior to joining CaLP, Lynn was an independent consultant specializing in providing assessments and evaluations to humanitarian organizations such as ACAPS, CaLP, DRC, iMMAP, IRC, OCHA, and UNHCR. Prior to that, she was the team lead for ACAPS’ Syria Needs Analysis Project in Amman. She has also worked with InterAction, the Jesuit Refugee Service, Oxfam, and Refugees International in various capacities.  

Biometrics in the Humanitarian Space

Amos Doornbos is the Disaster Management Strategy & Systems Director for World Vision International and a member of the Identity for All Council, the Guardianship working group, and the global policy working group of the Sovrin Foundation. He has lead the turnaround of last mile digital registration system for humanitarian organisations and has a passion for information and figuring out applications for technology to make the lives of beneficiaries and frontline staff easier. He spends most of his time trying to convince agencies technology is the easy part and the real challenge is changing people’s behaviour and organisational processes and culture. Amos has over 15 years of experience working and around humanitarian aid in over 25 countries – within large and small iNGOs, creating new innovative NGOs, and consulting and coaching. He blogs daily, publishes a bi-weekly podcast, and is in the process of writing a book about change.

Anindya Sharma is a data scientist at Simprints, a non-profit startup in Cambridge that aims to transform the way the world fights poverty by building biometrics for identification in developing countries. Originally from India, Anindya completed a Mathematics undergraduate and a Systems Biology postgraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, whilst being a recipient of the prestigious Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarship. Anindya’s interests continually grow – he won a bronze medal at the International Linguistics Olympiad, has co-authored a paper in high performance computing, and worked in the domain of molecular evolution theory in the past. Initially a volunteer for Simprints, Anindya joined full-time when he discovered how much good can be done in the world with the help of data. Today, Anindya keeps himself busy outside of work by pursuing his passions for open-source software, maths education, and fairer opportunities. More about Anindya here.

Sara Baker is the Research and Learning Lead at The Engine Room, an international organisation that helps activists and organisations use data and technology for social change. Sara leads projects related to responsible data, including the digital identity portfolio, and works with teams to develop impact and advocacy strategies. Prior to joining The Engine Room, Sara was part of the Association for Progressive Communications, where she worked with the Women’s Rights Programme to explore digital movement building and coordinated Take Back the Tech!, an award-winning international campaign to encourage women and girls to use technology to counter gender-based violence. Sara is also a writer and consultant with a focus on women’s rights, social justice, technology, and capacity building.

Ric Tighe works as a Global Advisor within Oxfam GB’s ICT in Programmes team. He leads on Oxfam’s use of digital beneficiary registrations and distribution tracking in humanitarian programmes (including e-vouchers & cash distributions) and is involved with a number of Digital ID initiatives within the NGO sector as well as supporting research around use of biometrics. Ric is also managing Oxfam’s DataHub project working to build central repositories of programme data, coming from multiple source systems, in each operating country and support teams with analysis of that data to improve project delivery. Ric has 12 years experience with Oxfam, both in the UK and overseas in a variety of roles including 7 years within the Supply & Logistics function. During this time he supported emergency responses in Pakistan, Kenya and Iraq. He has helped deploy a variety of supply chain management, mobile data collection and beneficiary registration systems in over 20 countries. He has also worked as an IT Programme Manager & Business Analyst for the Oxford University Press and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanitarian & Development Practice.

Responsible Data and MERL

Laura Walker McDonald is a technologist, lawyer and strategist with more than 12 years of global experience in the aid and development space. Laura’s career has focused on helping social change organizations all over the world use technology in principled and impactful ways to support their mission. She brings together practices and people humanitarian aid and development, applied research, software product management, and human-centered design. Before joining DIAL in 2019, Laura was Director of Innovation at the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI), where she led an organizational strategy process, guided the development of a collective platform on data ethics, and oversaw research on new technologies like blockchain. Prior to GAHI, Laura worked at SIMLab, FrontlineSMS and the British Red Cross. She has also consulted with organizations and startups on responsible data; evidence and product; project and organizational strategy, including for DIAL on the 2018 Baseline Study. Laura holds an L.L.M. in international development, law and human rights from the University of Warwick, UK, and an L.L.B. in law, French and German from the University of the West of England, United Kingdom. She currently sits on the board of the CDAC Network and the funding committee of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund.

Adeline Sibanda, is the Founder and Managing Director of ADESIM Developments (formerly Troparg Consultancy Services). Adeline has 27 years’ experience in strategy, program design, planning, monitoring and evaluation, research, gender and development. She is passionate about professional development including entrepreneurship development and has worked in over 20 sub-Saharan African countries with clients such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, USAID, UNDP, UNFPA, UN WOMEN, WFP, USAID, OXFAM, CIDA, Family Health International, Higher Life Foundation, among others. She is the President of the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and Co-Chair of EvalPartners and Past President of AfrEA. Adeline has been raising awareness and advocating for the Made In Africa Evaluation an AfrEA initiative promoting evaluation practice rooted in African contexts and priorities, as well as the South-South Cooperation in Evaluation, an initiative of five regional evaluation associations from the Global South.

Samuel V. Scarpino, PhD, is the Chief Strategy Officer at Dharma Platform and holds academic appointments in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University and the ISI Foundation in Turin Italy.  Dr. Scarpino has 10+ years of experience translating research into public health decision support and surveillance tools, including for the US CDC, Association of Public Health Labs, and numerous state health agencies. In addition, Scarpino serves on the World Economic Forum’s public-private data collaboration working group, the WHO/WEF Epidemic Big Data Resource and Analytics Innovation Network (EPI-BRAIN), the scientific advisory board for BioFire Diagnostics, and is a co-inventor on a patented machine learning algorithm for analyzing geospatial data.  Scarpino regularly gives invited lectures at international scientific conferences, has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, is co-editor on the definitive whooping cough text published by Oxford University Press, and is a Deputy Editor at PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  His publications on Ebola, whooping cough, and influenza have been covered by the New York Times, NPR, the Economist, Smithsonian Magazine, and numerous other venues.  Scarpino earned a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and was a Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow from 2013 – 2016.

Jo Kaybryn is an evaluator in international development and evaluation quality assurance specialist at IOD PARC, exploring the relationships between social science and data science. She is responsible for establishing, developing and overseeing systems and processes that enable IOD PARC to consistently deliver high quality consultancy services. More about Jo here.

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Questions? Contact Linda Raftree