DataShift’s Data for Action programme is a capacity development initiative to provide CIVICUS member organisations with free, facilitated online data courses. Our applied model focuses on training organisations to collect and use data for decision-making. We currently offer an intensive, two-week course in survey methods utilising a holistic approach to surveying and using data for action. All courses are led by a specialist facilitator, who provides targeted support to programme participants.
To encourage discussion, enhance comprehension, and improve accountability, two organisation members participate in the course where they learn, discuss, and practice core concepts delivered on our online learning platform. The concepts are then directly applied to their issue focus as they conceptualise, develop, and pilot test a survey. The entire course is facilitated by the specialist, who is in direct contact with the participants to review exercises and assignments, answer questions, and guide them towards actionable results.