Data for Action has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 Digital Impact Grants for our "Bringing Responsible and Secure Data Practices to Community Surveys" initiative. Learn more about Digital Impact and view the other recipients here!
WHO WE ARE
Data for Action is a capacity strengthening initiative largely targeting small-to-medium sized civil society organisations in the Global South with practical
online trainings to improve key skills and competencies. We aim to accomplish
this through our facilitated workshops and self-paced courses, which are
focused on growing both individual and team capacity to reach relevant programme
WHAT WE DO
Organisation-based teams consisting of a minimum of three members can apply to participate in one of Data for Action's workshops. Accepted teams complete a workshop with the support of a facilitator, who actively provides guidance and feedback to teams at a variety of points throughout the workshop. These applied workshops are designed to stimulate discussion amongst team members and to produce tangible outputs that contribute to the team’s specific programme objective(s). Facilitated workshops are only available for CIVICUS member organisations.
Go beyond theory
Learning about hypothetical situations is
great, but we all know that reality is often quite different. That’s why we believe
that all learning should be reinforced through real world applications. By practicing new skills
directly and troubleshooting problems as they arise, learners are more likely
to remember workshop content and be able to apply it effectively to their work.
Learning is best
achieved if it is relevant
Our workshops are designed to be directly applied
to an organisation’s work to reinforce the value and applicability of the
concepts being taught.
Do no harm
We often neglect to think about the potential
harm of our programmes and research. All of our training materials reinforce the
principle of first doing no harm, which means being responsible, accountable,
ethical, and transparent at all times.
Our facilitated workshops and self-paced courses provide you with the skills to make data actionable.
The Data for Action programme is a
capacity development initiative to provide CIVICUS member organisations with free,
facilitated online workshops. Our applied workshop model focuses on training
organisations to collect and use data for decision-making. Much of our training material focuses on reinforcing a holistic approach to surveying,
highlighting the importance of relationship-building, action-research, and ethics
when working with data.
To encourage discussion, enhance
comprehension, and improve accountability, teams consisting of three
organisation members participate in the workshops where they learn, discuss, and
practice core concepts delivered via our online learning platform. The concepts
are then directly applied to their issue as they conceptualise, develop, and
pilot test a survey. A facilitator supports the participants for the entirety
of the workshop to review exercises and assignments, answer questions, and
guide teams towards actionable results.
Self-paced courses are also available for teams or individuals to dive deeper into specific topics. Each course has been designed for a specific audience to fill a gap that has been discovered through our ongoing action-research approach and monitoring and evaluation .