Open tea: data-informed decision-making

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Tools to analyze data and social media become more abundant and more accessible. This afternoon, we will take a look at some very different ways at which NGOs make use of data tools and data analysis to improve their work. The last Open Tea of the year, presented by Data4Development and Partos/The Spindle will take place on December 4th at Oxfam Novib. Please join us to learn more about the use of landscape mapping tools for decision making and lobbying, the way Dutch NGOs use social media and the use of disaggregated data to gauge the effect of interventions on the most vulnerable communities.

Data4Development and Partos/The Spindle host Open Tea’s four times a year. They are a platform for data professionals to learn from each other’s challenges and provide fresh insight or new points of view rather than merely sharing success stories.

When and where

  • Date: 4 December 2018
  • Time: 15.30h – 18.30h (with drinks)
  • Location: Oxfam Novib, Mauritskade 9, 2514HD Den Haag.

The following cases will be presented:

  • Maxime Eiselin (IUCN NL): Technological advances in the satellite and GIS industry, cloud computing, and machine learning have accelerated the development of a wide range of powerful web-tools that bridge landscape practitioners and big data suppliers. In his talk, Maxime will explain how IUCN uses these tools to improve available information, strategic decision making and lobbying for the conservation of biodiversity.
  • Anand Sheombar (Hogeschool Utrecht): More and more development NGOs are harnessing the power of social media to affect change, from organizing community activism and empowering citizens to coordinating emergency or disaster relief efforts. In his talk, Anand will show highlights from his (ongoing) research into the application of these tools in NGOs and how this may apply to your organization.
  • Suhani Bhushan (Civicus) and Tiny Hoving (Red een Kind) – Platform LNOB: Most SDG assessments to date have used national-level data to evaluate SDG progress at the country level. However, if we are to achieve the 2030 Agenda objectives on basic human well-being, we will need to know if the situation of the most vulnerable is improving, especially in terms of poverty reduction and achieving food security. During their talk, Lina and Tiny will highlight the practical implications and importance of using disaggregated data to make sure no one gets left behind. They will draw conclusions from the quantitative side of the LNB National Dialogues and the progress since then.


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The Open Tea community

The Open Tea community is an informal network meeting about information & data. A community of data professionals to support organizations to increase the use of data in the development sector. The open tea is organized by Partos / The Spindle and Data4Development who have joined in a partnership for the promotion of data-informed decision making. It is their shared vision that the use of high-quality information and data is an important building block for transparency and effectiveness of aid. We will continue our events on “data-informed decision-making” in Dutch development cooperation throughout 2019 – please let us know if you would like to be informed of upcoming events.

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