Ensuring that those who are intended to benefit from our programs and services are involved in the process makes sense, right? Everyone should be nodding furiously.
What does it mean in practice? How do we incorporate constituent voices into the planning, execution, and evaluation processes?
At this year’s Feedback Summit, I’ll be leading a Labstorm (a collaborative brainstorm session designed to help an organization wrestle with a challenge related to feedback loops, with the goal of providing actionable suggestions) around action-izing findings from our Results Data Initiative.
If the value of data is dependent on the ability of a decision-maker to do something with data (as we found), but results data are often collected for decision-makers at the international or national levels, how can we use feedback from constituents to inform local-level outcomes without adding to the data burden? This question remains relevant as the international development community operationalizes the SDGs.
If you’re at the Feedback Summit, I hope you’ll join me as we try to understand how this can work in practice.
Image: Feedback Labs
Representatives from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) will be attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from September 5-9 in Kigali, Rwanda to highlight two projects: the Visualizing Insights on African Agriculture (VIFAA) project and the Farmer-Centric Data Governance Models project.
In Episode 2 of "Data…for What?!," a podcast series from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) which explores our new strategic plan, Josh Powell met with experts from DG and IREX to discuss DG’s expansion into the education, media and disinformation, and youth sectors. The conversations explore the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities for data and technology to positively impact these sectors and discuss how these trends are likely to play out in the years ahead. Based on these trends, the experts explain the unique fit for DG’s skills and specific opportunities for collaboration that align with the vision of DG’s partnership with IREX, which has a long and successful history working in each sector.
To help contextualize the new Strategic Plan, we are launching a podcast series called Data… for What?! This series consists of 5 episodes in Josh Powell and Vanessa Goas talk to DGers throughout the organization – as well as collaborators within our strategic partner, IREX - about how and why we prioritized the various elements of the new strategy. In this first episode, we talk to Kristin Lord, President and CEO of IREX about how our partnership fits into the Strategic Plan; and to Aleks Dardelli, Executive Vice President of IREX and Chair of DG’s Board of Directors, about the process of putting the Plan together at this opportune, yet precarious, global moment.