DataShift is an initiative that builds the capacity and confidence of civil society organisations to produce and use citizen-generated data (CGD) to monitor sustainable development progress, demand accountability and campaign for transformative change. DataShift is currently midway through the second year of an initial pilot phase, primarily working in four pilot countries: Argentina, Nepal, Kenya and Tanzania.

DataShift’s primary activities going forward will include:

Capacity Development:
Building on the approach used for our first phase of direct support to citizen-generated data projects and the CSOs implementing the, DataShift is about to launch a second round of direct support that will target a larger number of organisations, including those with lower data-related capacities. Through this process we are also attempting to build long-term CIVICUS infrastructure for ongoing capacity support in this area. We will also continue to develop our online Learning Zone, to continue to document lessons learned from the direct support process but also taking a more demand-driven approach and including learning resources such as webinars and new tools for generating and using CGD.

DataShift Community and Partnerships:
We have recently launched a new DataShift Community where practitioners are sharing their knowledge and experiences generating and using citizen-generated data, and learning from each other. We will continue to curate and grow this Community over the coming months, with clear tie-in to capacity growth activities and intend to identify CGD advocacy champions and learning gurus from within this group. We are also seeking to add additional partners to our existing group of organisations and networks supporting the delivery of DataShift.

CGD for SDGs:
We plan to develop resources which affirm the credibility and coverage of CGD as a key resource for SDG implementation and monitoring. We will also leverage our partnerships and the community to convene thematic forums which will explore and promote the comparability of CGD on particular SDG themes. This includes:

  • A deep-dive into the use of multiple sources of data to monitor SDG 5 (gender equality) in Kenya and Tanzania;
  • Engagement with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data to develop a tool to support government use of CGD and Action for Sustainable Development via its Monitoring and Accountability Working Group;
  • Working with our direct support projects to support campaigns to integrate their data onto national level SDG monitoring efforts; and
  • Exploring the development of a CGD dashboard that aggregates citizen-generated data against example SDGs to support monitoring and accountability efforts

Resourcing Acceleration:
Launch a Datashift Fund to provide ongoing financial support to CGD-related projects and CSOs working on this agenda. We will also be seeking to raise funds for the next phase of DataShift in 2017 onwards, which will include scaling of geographic and SDG thematic coverage.