IGF 2019 WS #298 Building a Data Culture

Organizer 1: Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Organizer 2: Civil Society, Intergovernmental Organization
Organizer 3: Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Organizer 4: Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization

Speaker 1: Katelyn Rogers, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 2: Lisa Peterson, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 3: Dirk Slater, Civil Society, Intergovernmental Organization

Policy Question(s): 

How can organizations support a data culture? What are some of the best practices across sectors and institutions?

Relevance to Theme: Data is everywhere. Often organizations focus on data science as the output of ‘data ready’ or a ‘data-driven organization.’ We are leaving people behind by not being equitable in the application of data skills, technology and the potential opportunities this brings. More and more organizations are making a data culture shift to upskill staff, processes, culture, and infrastructure to be more data savvy.

Many humanitarian organisations are currently focusing on improving data literacy. The Consortium provides a mechanism for humanitarian, development, business, and governmental organisations to share resources and expertise. The foundation for the Consortium is the Data Playbook developed by IFRC which is a collection of social learning resources to drive data literacy. The Data Playbook content has been developed internally in IFRC but is published on an open/creative common license that makes it available for external entities to reuse and modify. The consortium acts as a formal entity to help support the reuse and modification of the Playbook and also collect and integrate other relevant data literacy exercises by other humanitarian organisations. The IFRC Data Literacy Program targets the data curious to the data ready using social learning and human-centered design approaches. In consultation with other actors, including Fabriders and the Center for Humanitarian Data, IFRC found that other organizations seek to share and coordinate data literacy activities.

Relevance to Internet Governance: Data Governance and data protection/responsible data will only happen when we are equitable in the ownership of data skills. This requires collaboration of humanitarian, development, civil society, business, governmental, academic and other institutions to share best practices and support all the diverse data journeys. Without this, there will continue to be a power imbalance.

Format: 

Birds of a Feather - Auditorium - 60 Min

Description: Data is everywhere. Often organizations focus on data science as the output of ‘data ready’ or a ‘data-driven organization.’ We are leaving people behind by not being equitable in the application of technology and the potential opportunities this brings. More and more organizations are making a data culture shift to upskill staff, processes, and infrastructure to be more data savvy.

Many humanitarian organisations are currently focusing on improving data literacy. The Consortium would provide a mechanism for humanitarian organisations to share resources and expertise. The foundation for the Consortium is the Data Playbook developed by IFRC which is a collection of social learning resources to drive data literacy. The Data Playbook content has been developed internally in IFRC but is published on an open/creative common license that makes it available for external entities to reuse and modify. The consortium would act as a formal entity to help support the reuse and modification of the Playbook and also collect and integrate other relevant data literacy exercises by other humanitarian organisations. The IFRC Data Literacy Program targets the data curious to the data ready using social learning and human-centered design approaches. In consultation with other humanitarian actors, including the Center for Humanitarian Data, IFRC found that other organizations seek to share and coordinate data literacy activities.

Some examples of our work can be found here:
https://www.fabriders.net/
media.ifrc.org/ifrc/theme/data/
https://centre.humdata.org/

Expected Outcomes: The following outcomes of the workshop include:
-connect more stakeholders to the Data Literacy Consortium work
-build a compact for improving data skills related to internet governance
-plan activities for 2020

Discussion Facilitation: 

We are already coordinating an online data literacy user group. Each of the leaders has substantial experience stitching together online and in person networks with diverse tools, such as webinars, zoom and social media. We aim to co-create in all that we deliver.

Online Participation: 

We have a network of 70 global participants for the Data Literacy Consortium. We will engage them in this conversation. My previous experience with IGF has shown that this is one of the better forums to be more inclusive by using internet tools and community engagement.

Proposed Additional Tools: We will use social media, webinar (eg. zoom) and community management techniques to connect in person and online participation.

SDGs: 

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals