Making Data Collection Meaningful

This two weeks intensive workshop* organized by Spur change in collaboration with the Inter-Council Network (ICN) members and Salanga will be a practical hands-on experience for participants to dive into planning for data collection, gender-sensitive, feminist and community-led approaches to data collection, and technology for data collection. Moreover, the training will address how to adapt data collection in Covid times.

* Initially, this workshop was supposed to be delivered in person in March 2020 across different locations in Canada. Note that the micro-learning videos you will be viewing during the asynchronous self-learning assignments were planned and recorded prior to or in the early stages of the current pandemic and therefore do not reflect the current situation. While the content is still relevant, some adaptations will likely be needed in your data collection. That will be addressed in session 1 (Adapting Data Collection to the New Reality) and in the live sessions during exercises and Q&As.

Through a mix of practical activities and examples of effective practice you will learn how to:

  • Consider options for adapting data collection to the current context
  • Design a data collection strategy, including knowing when to begin the design process, and what kinds of data sources and methods to consider
  • Apply gender-sensitive and feminist lenses for data collection and stakeholder engagement
  • Consider community-led data collection options, decide when it makes sense to do so, and assess implications for the project
  • Consider technology tools and app options for data collection, with an understanding of key options, pitfalls, opportunities and best practices
Meet the trainers

Natalie is a Certified Training and Development Practitioner and a UNICEF Results-Based Management (RBM) Master Trainer. An IAFTM Certified Professional Facilitator, she has extensive training in facilitation methods, including facilitating participatory monitoring and evaluation. Natalie has designed and facilitated 4- to 5-day Human Rights Based Approaches and RBM workshops for Global Affairs Canada staff and partners as well as UNICEF, in English, French and Spanish, and co-authored UNICEF’s corporate RBM handbook. She has supported numerous international development organizations in the field application of RBM tools and methods, through coaching, facilitation and process and systems design. She is fluent in French. Learn more about Natalie on her Linked-In Profile and on her Website.

Directeur des programmes chez Salanga, Jakub est un expert en technologie pour le SEA. Il possède de l’expérience pratique dans la conception de systèmes de bases de données destinées spécifiquement aux organismes sans but lucratif du secteur du développement et de l’action humanitaire. Il a dirigé l’expérimentation et la mise en place de systèmes de collecte de données multilingues « dans le nuage » pour assurer le suivi de l’impact des projets de plus de 30 organisations, mettant à profit plus de 15 ans d’expérience dans le développement, la conception technologique et l’entrepreneuriat. Possédant de l’expérience en développement international et dans la conception et le déploiement de logiciels, il se spécialise dans la conception d’expériences conviviales et inclusives pour les utilisateurs des technologies. Jakub utilise les meilleures pratiques et méthodologies de la justice sociale, ainsi que les principes agiles et numériques pour le développement dans le but d’améliorer les pratiques et de co-créer des solutions axées sur les approches communautaires et le changement transformateur. Pour en savoir plus sur Jakub, consultez son profil Linked-in

Salanga’s MEL Program Lead. Paula is a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist with 15+ years managing complex projects and spearheading cutting-edge monitoring, evaluation and learning tools and technology for programs in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean (ranging from $2–$20 Million in budget). As the current MEL Program Lead for Salanga she coaches organizations to identify key metrics, craft useful and gender-sensitive data collection tools and implement database systems and software for better data storage, analysis and learning. Paula is inspired by MEL systems that catalyze learning and promote knowledge sharing from the ground up. Learn more about Paula on her Linked-In Profile.

As an introduction, we suggest taking the Micro-learning session on Baseline Surveys first.

Overview of the Training

* Note that the micro-learning videos were designed to be stand-alone modules. Where they invite you to reflect, please accept the invitation! But where they invite you to carry out exercises on your own, you can skip the invitation as we will be doing the exercises together in our live sessions.

Live Sessions

Self-learning Assignments

Self Learning 1- 65 min.
Complete before Live Session 2

  • View the Planning for Data Collection Micro-Learning video (23 min) * Follow along using the slides posted below each video

  • View the Community-led Data Collection Micro-Learning video (15 min)

  • Review the Data Collection Approaches & Methods handout (5 min)

  • Read the case study: SRHR Project handout (5 min)

  • Complete the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Design Worksheet using the case study (15 min)

Self Learning 2- 30 min.
Complete before Live Session 3

  • View the Gender-Sensitive Feminist Data Collection Micro-Learning video (26 min; skip exercise setup at end)

Self Learning 3- 30 min. + 15 optional 
Complete before Live Session 4

  • Fill out the Brainstorming for  Your Next Data Collection Exercise handout (10-15 min)

  • View the Technology for Data Collection Micro-Learning video (18 min)

  • Optional: Come prepared to give a “lightning talk” (1-3 min) with a screenshot or live demo or verbal presentation of your favourite tech tool for collecting data for Monitoring & Evaluation of your program
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