Helping human rights organisations develop impact from their data: An ESRC and UK Data Service workshop, 29 – 30 October 2015, Wivenhoe House Hotel, University of Essex

Are you a professional working in a civil society organisation that collects administrative, monitoring or evaluation data in the human rights arena, and who oversees strategy, reporting and campaigns?

Are you interested in improving the way your organisation can translate data into knowledge?

If so, please join our workshop with peer organisations, at the University of Essex on 29-30 October and help shape ways of managing and sharing data ethically, analysing the data, and gaining insight to develop impact from these rich data resources to promote your work.

The workshop will provide a forum for participants to discuss the opportunities and barriers to gaining meaningful insights from human rights data – their own data, data from other organisations and the wider data landscape. Through engaging with case studies, participants will learn about what strategies, tools and skills are required for civil society organisations to become successful knowledge managers and report and campaign effectively with data-based evidence. We will examine the most useful models to build capacity from your data.

Our prestigious speakers include Neil Serougi (Trustee, Freedom from Torture), David Walker (the Guardian), Emma Prest (DataKind UK), Nigel Fielding (Surrey University), Matt Williams (COSMOS, Cardiff University), Tracy Gyateng (New Philanthropy Capital), Christina Rowley (ESRC’s Civil Society Engagement), and Louise Corti and Libby Bishop (UK Data Service, University of Essex).

Participants will help us develop case studies focused on ethics, governance for and the practicalities of sharing data, and gaining insight from data; develop a catalogue of available data sources, identify skills and training gaps and build a suite of exemplar datasets to build capacity.

Critically, this event will also help the ESRC to define its next phase of civil society engagement.

If you are working in a civil society organisation which collects human rights data, charged with overseeing strategy and campaigns; or are an academic, or work for a public sector body engaged in this area of work, please contact booking@ukdataservice.ac.uk to register your interest. Spaces are limited and participants will be expected to prepare short cases studies from their organisations in advance to bring along. Limited travel and accommodation bursaries are available for staff in civil society organisations.

To find out more about this event, please visit http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=4128

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