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.