Call for Researchers: impact of citizen-generated data initiatives

Update: this call has now ended.

We are launching today three calls for researchers based in our three DataShift pilot locations: Argentina, East Africa (Tanzania and Kenya), and Nepal.

Background: Briefing note on what Citizen-Generated Data is, and what the DataShift is doing

This scope of work is projected to include:

  • Identification of at least five (preferably ongoing or completed) citizen-generated data initiatives based in the respective pilot locations that address issues relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals. Selection of initiatives will be determined in consultation with the DataShift team.

  • An in-depth assessment of each initiative’s long-term or ongoing impact, looking especially at:

    • Use of the data: Has the data been used by policy makers, civil society organisations or other actors – and if so, how?

    • Data quality: Are any levels of verification built into the initiative? How sound is the data, particularly if it comes from multiple sources?

    • Sustainability of the initiative: What is the initiative’s projected lifespan? Is this clearly indicated? Are there plans to maintain the initiative’s online presence after the period of data collection ends?

    • Local context: How is data on the topics that citizen-generated data initiatives address received at the local level: is it considered to be trustworthy?

  • A summary of key findings and trends, drawn from the assessed initiatives.

Potential researchers for this contract should submit their CV together with an indicative budget and two-page statement on how they would approach this piece of work and their relevant experience. Bids should be sent to zara@theengineroom.org by 18.00 CEST on Wednesday 19th August.

For more details, please see the calls for proposals below, and get in touch with Zara as above, if there are any further questions.