Pilot with us – Data is a team sport (updated)

by Heather Leson and Dirk Slater | Sep 3, 2021 | Insights and Inspirations

Data is a team sport. Across the IFRC and National Societies, we use data and data literacy in our delivery of humanitarian services. Often, it isn’t always considered ‘data work’, but if you think about it – we connect with communities, listen and support humanitarian services, and frequently analyse and document our efforts with feedback loops. We’ve curated and created the IFRC Data Playbook as a social learning tool of games, checklists, sessions, slides and scenarios to guide team conversations on their data journey. 

Invite us to your meetings! 

IFRC or National Society colleagues – Do you have an upcoming September or October team meeting, workshop or project that could benefit from some 30 minutes to 1-hour exercises to drive collaboration? Our Data Playbook team is ready to co-work with you? The team will work with you to shape and test content to support your IFRC and/or National Society audiences. The Data Playbook v1 includes some of the following modules. Each one has some existing and/or new content which we can review. Plus, we know that you will have examples and content to share with us too.

1 – Understanding how data matters

2 – Nurturing Data Culture

3 – Strengthening Data Teams & Projects

4 – Getting the Data We Need

5 – Making Data Useful/Usable to Ourselves and Others

6 – Understanding & Analysing Data

7 – Responsible with Data and Protecting Data

8 – Presenting and Visualising Data

9 – Decision Making with Data

10 – Data and Emerging Tech in Our Work

The full draft Table of Contents (v.5 is here for review and comment)

Join Sprint #4 – Test Content with Module teams. 

The Data Playbook v1 project is really two parts – people (how we learn and collaborate together as teams to co-curate the Playbook) and the Playbook content. We have been on this journey for over 6 months through baseline interviews, Data and Digital Week (4,000 registrants), and three rounds of Playbook sprints. We aim to engage much staff and volunteers on the journey. The Design, Pilot and Refine stage requires contributors, reviewers and participants. We will be hosting short sprint sessions and team pilots throughout September and October. 

Our Testing periods will be 1 hour scheduled times to trial content, get feedback, and have fun with games, scenarios, exercises and more to review the content in the Data Playbook. You are welcome to join these. 

Each 1 hour session will be piloting /designing specific content.
We will also seek your feedback on how to improve it.

September 14th at 4pm CEST – Being Responsible and Protecting Data

September 20th at 10am CEST – Understanding & Analysing Data

September 21st at 9am CEST – Data & Emerging Tech

September 22nd at 4pm CEST – Getting the Data we need (Data Collection)

September 23rd at 9am CEST – Being Responsible and Protecting Data

September 23rd at 5pm CEST – Understanding & Analysing Data

September 27th at 5pm CEST – Data & Emerging Tech

September 28th at 4pm CEST –  Data Literacy Consortium Reviews the Data Playbook (IFRC, Centre for Humanitarian Data and other Data Literacy advocates/experts)

About Sprint #3

In August we ran Sprint #3. Taking advantage of a month where many people take holiday, we began to curate the content and feedback we got from interviews, Data and Digital Week, and the 100+ individuals that participated in the first two sprints. We co-designed a module review process with our editors. We also got some visits from special guests including Dr Nancy Claxton, CEO Nadulpan and instructional design and behaviour change expert shared about how people learn and best practices and Jennifer Chan, Crisis Informatics, Director Of Global Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine Northwestern Medicine shared reflections based on advising the original Data Playbook (beta). Bob Gradek and Elizabeth Monk from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Centre, shared their lessons learned on creating a curriculum for communities and networks. We also got a visit from Henry Caceres & Tatiana Compoverde who demoed a few of the online games they have designed for SIFI (Comprehensive Training and Innovation System) as volunteers for the Ecuadorian Red Cross.

You can monitor the progress we are making on the Data Playbook Status board

Stay tuned for more pilots and sprints to design and test content.

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