Creating the Ecosystem, Standards, & Culture for
Data Sharing in Humanitarian Action
CCD ECHO ERC PROJECT
JULY 2022 - DECEMBER 2023
This project builds on the previous data sharing work by CCD, which saw the CCD agencies sign a technology agnostic data sharing agreement.
This project seeks to identify and lay the human capacity and governance groundwork for data portability and ‘putting people at the centre of data management’.
While implementing this project, CCD will coordinate closely with the DIGID ‘Interoperability Initiative’, also funded by ECHO, which is exploring the technical aspects required to enable the secure and safe exchange of data between systems.
Jointly, the projects will create a roadmap for the recommended way forward.
WHAT IS DATA PORTABILITY
Data Portability is the ability of a person to obtain and reuse the data they have provided to one organisation (and IT system) for their own purposes across different services and organisations (and different IT systems).
Data portability is different from interoperability in that interoperability tends to focus on systems sharing data and working together, while portability puts the person at the centre of the sharing.
The principal objective of the project is:
To address the issues of literacy, politics, and culture which are the real barriers of data sharing, not the technology
By addressing the dual issues of digital literacy and digital governance, we aim to lay the groundwork for data portability for project participants.
Therefore, the project has two main tracks:
Track 1: Increase the Digital Literacy of frontline project staff of CCD agencies and their local partners.
Track 2: Develop Digital Governance models and pilots to enable data stakeholders the ability to use the data we have about them in other areas of their lives.
BUILDING DIGITAL LITERACY
For data portability to become a reality, there needs to be demand for it from the people whose data is collected (i.e., the data stakeholders).
We believe one critical factor contributing to this becoming a reality is project participants, frontline staff, and local organisations having a greater understanding of their digital rights.
Track 1 seeks to increase the Digital Literacy of frontline project staff of CCD agencies and their local partners.
This will include topics like :
Understanding Data and data culture,
Data subject rights
Data Quality, Use, and Minimisation,
Data Governance & Sharing,
Digital Divide & Emerging Tech, and
How to perform a data protection impact assessment.
The country of focus for this work will be South Sudan, however, any resources developed will be made available across the humanitarian sector.
BUILDING DIGITAL GOVERNANCE
Increased use of digital tools in humanitarian aid delivery has generated increased amounts of data about project participants – who become data stakeholders.
Rarely, however, is any of the data we collect accessible to these stakeholders. It is not under their control or ownership or made available for them to use in other areas of their lives.
This project seeks to establish digital governance models to change this and to identify changes necessary in organisational processes, culture, and individual behaviours to support these models.
The project will seek to have a series of conversations in different formats with relevant stakeholders, in order to identify opportunities, risks, and potential harms.
The end goal of the project is to develop governance models and standards which can be tested in pilot projects.
Research, Curation & Design
Workshops, Webinars, CoPs, Virtual Learning
Onboarding of project team
Desk & literature research on data portability
Curating & designing digital literacy resources
Designing workshops & discussions
Conduct F2F digital literacy sessions in South Sudan
Create virtual digital literacy resources for ongoing learning
Facilitate workshops, webinars, meetings, etc. to define governance requirements for portability
Monthly project learning updates with DIGID & CCD
Quarterly joint Steering Committee with DIGID, CCD, and ECHO
Develop practical roadmap to pilot, test, implement interoperability approaches
1. Digital literacy growth
2. Open-source digital literacy resources
3. Clear data portability governance options & recommended pilots
4. Joint roadmap with the Humanitarian Data Protocol project outlining way forward
If you (or colleagues you know) would like to be involved in our upcoming workshops, consultations, or research activities
If you know of brilliant digital literacy resources focusing on frontline project teams, please share them with us
If you would like us to present our project progress to your team or working group
Please be in contact with:
CCD Data Interoperability Working Group Lead
Disaster Management Strategy & Systems Director
World Vision International