Weeknotes for January 29th, 2021

First weeknotes of 2021 (Don’t worry, you haven’t missed any!), and in case you missed our roundup of what happened in 2020, it’s here (spoiler alert – no airplane journeys).

Here’s what I accomplished this week:

  • Completed my 20th interview of data literacy practitioners working in the Red Cross Red Crescent society, to inform the Development of V1 of the Data Playbook (currently in Beta).
  • Ran a ‘Responsible Data’ workshop for 360Giving’s Data Champions Programme.
  • Ran the third and fourth sessions of the Virtual Event Design Lab on the Global Land Forum for the International Land Coalition
  • Scheduled and started selling tickets for another Virtual Session Design Lab (Feb 17th & 18th)
  • Started drafted plans for collaborating with the MozFest team and contributing to this year’s MozFest
  • Drafted two more blog posts for 360Giving on ‘Building Data Culture’ and ‘Using External Data Sets.’ Along with:


And here’s what I learned:

  • The (Beta) Version of the Data Playbook has supported data literacy as a better-understood concept within the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies. The playbook has helped people understand how to ‘do no harm’ with the data they hold responsibilities.
  • Organisational policies can’t live within documents that people won’t access routinely. For organisations to ensure their responsible data policies are being adhered to, they must be updated as things change and routinely reviewed and discussed.
  • Get event teams focused on the participant experience. Developing participant personas and imagining a participant’s journey before, during and after an event is a critical element of event design.
  • Ask your colleagues for help when you are devising a new workshop.

So drawing on those excellent recommendations, I devised a ‘responsible data’ workshop that went like this.

  1. We broke participants up into small breakout groups to respond to the following (adapted from the Digital Defence Playbook)
  • I love sharing this type of data
  • I want to share this type of data
  • I don’t want to share this type of data
  • I have no choice but to share this data

We then regrouped to a large group discussions to reflect on the responses.

2. We held another round of small group breakouts to discuss the following scenarios which might potentially keep participants up at night. (A hacked version of Heather Leson‘s Wheel of Data Misfortune):

  • We didn’t get consent 
  • We don’t have adequate data storage procedures
  • Now and then one of our laptop/devices goes missing
  • We failed to backup our critical data
  • We missed the bias in our data
  • We might have unauthorised data access
  • We are not clear about which data might be sensitive
  • We’ve been sharing personal identifiable information and didn’t realise it
  • People have opted out of having their data used, but we used it anyway
  • Our data policies aren’t robust enough

And then another large group discussion to reflect on people’s responses.

3. A final small group breakout to discuss strengths and limitations of participants’ current data policies.

4. We then wrapped the workshop up by generating a list of Questions to Ask Frequently (QAFs) to ensure responsible data practices. Stay tuned for the QAFS on the 360Giving Blog.