Event

Supporting human rights organisations to deliver insights from data

29 - 30 October 2015
Wivenhoe House Hotel, University of Essex

This workshop is aimed at those working in civil society organisations that collect administrative, monitoring or evaluation data and who are charged with overseeing strategy and campaigns.

Over two days participants will be able to discuss what opportunities and barriers are present in gaining meaningful insights from data; their own data assets, data from other organisations and the wider datasphere. Through engaging with real case studies, participants will learn what strategies, tools and skills are required for civil society organisations to become better knowledge managers and be able to report and campaign most effectively with data-based evidence.

The event will span one and half days and work around four sessions that cover looking at optimal data collection and management, methodological and analytic skills, followed by a session on the ethics of data sharing and finishing with exploiting new and novel forms of data, such as real-time analytics and social media information sources. Workshop, presentations, themed sessions with table breakout groups, drinks, dinner and optional surgery sessions will be part of workshop package. Cases studies from a range of organisations will be presented to address real-life issues.

Outcomes that make a difference

Critically, this event will contribute to the on-going development of the ESRC’s strategy around civil society engagement, particularly with regard to data access, sharing, and use.

How can those based in civil society organisations link up and exploit academic practices to co-create outcomes that make a difference to strategic and/or operational impact? What might practical toolkits look like and what are the most useful models for capacity building?

We also aim to create some useful targeted deliverables, which might include:

  • Guidance on legal governance and ethics for archiving and providing access to data;
  • Guidance on preparing, documenting and anonymising data for sharing;
  • Case studies of sharing data and gaining insight;
  • Catalogue of available data sources as contributed by the workshop;
  • Identifying skills gaps and training needs; highlighting areas for training and bespoke in-organisation capacity building;
  • Training datasets as exemplars.

All participants will be expected to play an active role in the workshop, either presenting on their organisations, helping facilitate group sessions, or contributing to case studies and panels.

Prerequisites and costs

Participants accepted onto the workshop will be working in civil society organisations that collect administrative, monitoring or evaluation data and who are charged with overseeing strategy and campaigns. We also have a minimal number of spaces available for academics or public sector agencies engaged in this area of work. All applicants will be vetted in advance of a place being confirmed.

Workshops attendance is expected to be completely free for those with key roles in civil society organisations (who have no academic affiliation), with additional limited bursaries for travel and accommodation on a first-come, first-served basis. Places for academics and public sector organisations are limited and those participants are expected to cover workshop accommodation and travel. UK Data Service standard workshop charges apply.

All participants will be expected to play an active role in the workshop, either presenting on their organisations, helping facilitate group sessions, or contributing to case studies and panels.

So that the workshop sessions can be as productive as possible and to enable fruitful engagement by all participants, we will administer a short pre-event questionnaire designed to enable civil society organisations to identify gaps and requirements from a position of ownership and realistic appraisals of what is possible. We have already done some information gathering of this nature with a group of organisations to inform broader needs in advance that have helped shape the design of the workshop. We will explore such questions as: is there already an organisational recognition of data and impact? what expertise is out there already? and are there different values placed on different types of data? And so on.

Please email booking@ukdataservice.ac.uk in the first instance with your application to attend the workshop.

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