The guide draws on our experiences in Kenya and Tanzania on the use of multiple sources of data to monitor progress on SDG 5. It provides information about some of the main opportunities, challenges and strategies for civil society engagement with government on SDG monitoring and accountability and will be updated on an ongoing basis.
MAKING CITIZEN-GENERATED DATA WORK FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: INCENTIVES, OBSTACLES AND THE WAY FORWARD
Monday, 16 January, 17.00 – 18.30, Room 2.41
DataShift has teamed up with Open Knowledge International to undertake two in-depth landmark pieces of research on citizen-generated data. As such the session seeks to broaden our vision of the value proposition of citizen-generated data, not only informing SDG monitoring efforts, but also enhancing a broader range human decision-making from agenda setting, through to design and implementation of sustainability solutions.
DataShift and OKI will promote and further discuss the findings of the research. This will take place via a panel discussion involving different stakeholders featured in the publications, followed by an interactive dialogue with event participants. It will also include a preview of DataShift’s plans around the practical application of the research via the creation of a new citizen-generated data readiness assessment tool.
MAKING CITIZEN-GENERATED DATA WORK
The first piece “Making citizen-generated data work”, elaborates on the different ways development actors mobilise partners and resources to produce citizen-generated data. Citizen-generated data (CGD) needs partnerships to thrive. Even though produced by citizens, their data production is often supported by civil organisations, governments, business partners, or community-based organisations. These actors unite their often necessary role in providing resources, support, and knowledge to citizens to produce data. This report calls for stronger collaborations to tap into CGD.
FROM EVIDENCE TO ACTION
“From Evidence to Action”, the second piece in our research series demonstrates how citizen-generated data (CGD) can support decision-making and trigger action. CGD is a representation of the issues that are most important to citizens. If evidence provided by CGD triggers action, the issue and its stakeholders need to be well understood. Stakeholders have certain capacities to engage with an issue and are prepared differently to act upon it. Some actors may lack the literacy, knowledge, time, or interest to engage with complicated data. The task is for CGD projects to understand these nuances, and to translate their data into digestible, easily understandable, and relevant messages. The qualities of CGD need to match with the action that is planned.
ACTING LOCALLY, MONITORING GLOBALLY
Citizen-generated data (CGD) is data actively created by citizens and their organisations. It is produced to monitor, demand or drive change around issues that are important to them, often collected on the ground and in local contexts. As such, CGD yields the potential to foreground the issues of disadvantaged communities in under-reported locations. Yet, if the SDGs aim to leave no one behind, and if CGD can provide contextual information about marginalised groups, the question is whether and how CGD can be used for the SDGs. In this report, “Acting locally, Monitoring globally”, we aim to address to what extent are the SDGs relevant for CGD initiatives.
Citizen-generated data for campaigning
DataShift Direct Support Phase II was conceived to be a scalable method of building the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) to collect and use data towards progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Between July and December 2016, DataShift worked with eighteen organisations in four countries: Argentina, Kenya, Tanzania and Nepal to create and pilot training on using citizen-generated data (CGD) for campaigning towards implementing and monitoring the SDGs. Learn more about the approach.
GENDER DATA: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO PLUGGING THE GAPS WITH CITIZEN-GENERATED DATA AND OTHER DATA SOURCES TO LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND
18 January, 10:45 – 12:15, Room: MR1.41
The session will explore an integrated approach to plugging gender data gaps using citizen-generated and other data sources, in order to ensure that no woman or girl is left behind. We will be hosting a panel of experienced gender and data experts, and hope to have interactive discussions with the audience. It will also feature highlights and recommendations from gender data research in Kenya and Tanzania, the DataShift and Open Institute sub-national pilots on the domestication of SDG 5 in Lanet Umoja Location in Kenya, and outcomes from the CIVICUS’ “Leave No One Behind” National Dialogues.