As part of a recent discussion regarding humanitarian data, I asked the question ‘What are the key drivers of system change?’ Here’s what I heard back.
From the Blog on data
One gathering was never going to be enough. It’s not enough time, not all the right people, and so on. So we’re doing it again.
Why do we collect data? But perhaps we don’t need to and we need to question it all. Perhaps we can delete it much faster than we realise.
Please read the two articles below. Add them to your reading list. They are different but also related. Data, more data, and technology are not our saviour.
Two critical questions for humanitarian NGOs thinking about a data strategy. And no, you can not be both. There may be a third way, but ‘both’ is not it.
We collect heaps of data. And we think about the value of it for ourselves and our donors and partners. We forget to ask a critical third question.
Numbers are not data fields in your algorithmic software. They are sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, friends, and dreams. Numbers are not sterile.
Data doesn’t lie assumes completely objectively and wholeness. Data is a perspective. And therefore is not a lie, but it is not objective. It is subjective.
It is said, history is told from the point of view of the powerful victor. However, that does not mean it is the only story. The same is true about data.