webinars

Taking Action on Data

Catholic Relief Services

Properly managing the increasing volumes and complexities of data is perhaps the biggest challenge of the information age. Organizations have more options to collect, store, share, analyze, and publish data than ever before.

This webinar, part of an ongoing series around ICT4D, will share practical advice on dealing with the increasing complexity of data management, and how to better use data for evidence decision making.

Expert speakers will provide insights on key components of a solid organizational data strategy, including open data, responsible data, and real-time data for decision making. They will share their field experience of getting people on board with the concept of data for action, and discuss the need for a data-based culture.

Q&A Panel Discussion:

  • What are the best practices for incorporating responsible data principles in institutional data management?
  • What are the key learnings on the intersection of ICT4D and decision making: for tactical, and strategic perspectives?
  • How are ICT4D tools used for single-loop learning vs. double-loop learning?
  • How to overcome the challenges of a lack of data, or the overload of data in order to make swift decisions in the field.
  • Why a data-based organizational culture needed, and its practical challenges.
  • How to incentivize good individual and organizational ways of handling data.

Speakers

Dr. Subhashini Chandrasekharan, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Center for Digital Development

Steve Hellen, Director, ICT4D & GIS, Catholic Relief Services

John Mulqueen, MEAL Manager, Catholic Relief Services

Abdul Bari Farahi, Technical Advisor, Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) Project, FHI 360

 

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Subhashini Chandrasekharan, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Center for Digital Development
Subhashini (Shubha) is an Assistant Research Professor in the Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University. She most recently worked as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Center for Digital Development in the USAID Global Development Lab” where she led a project to develop Responsible Data Practice guidelines for USAID digital development programs. At Duke, her current research interests encompass ethical, legal, and social and policy issues (ELSI) surrounding emerging technologies.

Steve Hellen, Director, ICT4D & GIS, Catholic Relief Services
Steve has nearly 20 years of information technology experience. He joined Catholic Relief Services in 2012 to lead a team focused on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) and improvements to systems throughout the agency. He managed the implementation of an agency-wide business development and project portfolio system. Steve now coordinates CRS’ ICT4D and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) initiatives and recently led an update to the agency’s multi-year ICT4D strategy. Prior to joining CRS, Steve served as Director of Academic Technology at Johns Hopkins University. He taught computer science courses at Loyola University as well as an undergraduate GIS course at Johns Hopkins. He began his career at Accenture. Steve holds a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University, a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Loyola University and a certificate in geographic information systems from Penn State University.

John Mulqueen, MEAL Manager, Catholic Relief Services
John holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Catholic University of America and an master’s degree in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University. Throughout his career he has leveraged data driven solutions in a variety of positions with organizations including the Peace Corps, UNDP, and now CRS. Since 2015, he has focused on improving Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning systems in CRS’ programs in Lesotho, Cambodia, and now Laos.

Abdul Bari Farahi, Technical Advisor, Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) Project, FHI 360
Abdul provides technical support to mSTAR for ICT4D, mobile money, open data, responsible data practices, digital data solutions, mobile data collection and use of real-time data for adaptive management. He has over 13 years of experience managing more than 80 ICT4D-focused projects for private sector and development organizations spanning across the Africa, central Asia, Europe, and the United States. Prior to FHI 360, Abdul worked at UNICEF, developing strategies for ICT4D and fostering its use for monitoring the functionality of rural water sources, improving health outcomes for pregnant women in children, and other projects focused on health, nutrition, HIV, communication, child protection and youth participation. He has also worked with other organizations including the multi-national GSM company, MTN, United Nations Development Program, UNHCR, USAID, and other for- and non-profit firms in Afghanistan, India, Liberia, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Switzerland, Tanzania and the United States.