On 24 October 2014 the DataShift held its first country consultation in Kenya. Over 40 civil society organisation (CSO) representatives from across Kenya were mobilized to unpack key terms and concepts related to the DataShift; explore how data is being collected and used by CSOs and other actors in Kenya; and map CSO priorities and challenges related to improving data collection and use.
Key lessons from the consultation were:
- The use of clearly defined, non-technical language and concepts is essential to effectively communicating the DataShift and securing buy-in from Kenyan CSOs.
- There is a diverse mix of actors collecting data, and using (or not using it), in different ways in Kenya. When it comes to data, there is a significant difference between urban and rural contexts.
- CSOs believe that ‘data is power’, but this power is currently disproportionately distributed across the country. Nevertheless, everyone has information of value, no matter who they are, where they are, and what they do.
- Participants saw improved collection and use of data being important for improving the credibility of research and campaigning (especially in the eyes of government decision makers), as well as the long-term sustainability of CSOs and their projects.
Full summary notes from the consultation are available here.
We look forward to working with many of these Kenyan CSOs as the DataShift transitions to implementation. Thank you to everyone who participated.