On the 22nd of March, 80 people (mainly Partos member organisations) joined for the annual IATI learning event. It was organized by Partos in cooperation with Data4Development, in Bleyenberg, the Hague. In the audience this time also some international guests coming representing platforms and networks of organisations that are also to publish to IATI.
The focus of the event was on the use of data use, with examples of how organisations can make use of the data for their own learning, management decisions and communication. The recently elected co-chair of the IATI CSO working group, Leo Stolk
of Oxfam Novib, presented his view on developments around the IATI standard. Through a skype connection with The Netherlands Embassy in Pakistan, Marie-Louise Wijne (MFA, DSO-MO) showcased the Ministry’s learning process with result reporting and how they intend to build the results of the Dialogue and Dissent program, aggregating results data from a diverse spectrum. The new version of the IATI standard 2.03 was presented to the more experienced publishers, while the concept of the IATI initiative and was briefly explained for those who are new to publishing in IATI.
Four inspiring presentations were given with examples of data use, starting with the data transformation of ICCO into a more data driven organisation by director Wim Hart, followed by a session on data innovation from Kenny Meesters, who is involved in the Humtechlab. Stephanie Schlipper from Mannion Daniels explained how the UK is working on tracebility in the aid chain now. Agnes Marsan from Simavi showed their data gathering applications, which are also used for management steering and Thea Schepers presented the dashboard that Plan has created based on the combined IATI publications of the “Yes I do” alliance. After the presentations, the participants could choose which work sessions they would like to join to dig deeper into the matter.
All in all, it resulted into very lively and dynamic discussions and positive feedback from the participants, reporting they had gained new insights in IATI and data use.