Improving data quality with digital data collection

Emily Tomkys Valteri, Alexia Pretari and Simone Lombardini share practical tips to help improve quality in survey data collection, and introduce the latest case study in the ‘Going Digital’ series. Sometimes survey data doesn’t add up: two household members are married to each other and yet have different marital statuses, consent statements have not been fully read, percentages of income …

Global innovations in measurement and evaluation

In the latest for our Real Geek series, Ruth Gripper from NPC delves into the latest innovations for measurement and evaluation.  If I asked you what were the most exciting developments in measurement and evaluation today—things that are going to shape practice in the years to come—could you pick a list? Exploring innovations in measurement and evaluation Call it brave …

Putting responsible data into practice

Rachel Hastie and Amy O’Donnell introduce Oxfam’s new responsible data training resources and their launch event.  90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years. Possibly the greatest challenge of the information age is how to manage data properly. As data is increasingly used for needs assessments, feedback, accountability and monitoring; management of …

Practicing partnership: reflections from South Africa

LEARNING: Partnerships in development communities require different approaches and practices depending on the relationship between organisations. Oxfam Australia’s former South Africa Country Director introduces a discussion paper which reflects on a trip where he met with 40 different partner organisations.   Partnership is an important idea for the development community. Uncomfortable with the very obvious power differentials that are inherent …

Working with partners: what’s it all about?

LEARNING: What does working in partnership mean for Oxfam and the vulnerable people we seek to help? Audrey Lejeune, Programme Learning Adviser and Yo Winder, Global Partnerships and Accountability Adviser, introduce a series of learning papers on working with partners. You probably know that Oxfam works with others to fight poverty and inequality around the world. But who are these …

How did we do? Using technology to gather humanitarian feedback

NEWS: Often the most valuable beneficiary feedback is given informally and face to face. That’s why Oxfam is exploring new ways of helping staff to digitally record comments received as they go about their work as Emily Tomkys, ICT in Programme Officer, reports.  A study into complaints related to humanitarian interventions by Baños Smith in 2009 revealed that ‘All participants …

A data revolution is underway. Will NGOs miss the boat?

We live in a world where more data is being generated than ever before. For NGOs in international development increased data offers opportunities and poses risks, but ignoring it is not an option. Oxfam Research Assistant, Sophia Ayele, looks at how data can be used responsibly to improve lives through more effective development programmes. The data revolution has arrived. Data …

A rights based approach to responsible data

Today Oxfam is proud to publish a new Responsible Data Policy which focuses on our commitment to treat the programme data we collect with respect and uphold the rights of those whom data is about. Amy O’Donnell explains the significance of treating data responsibly through a rights-based approach and the need for an organisational policy. At a recent learning event, …

Fishy business: Thai communities threatened by the seafood industry

In Thailand intensive fishing by big business has caused a stark decline in seafood stocks which is threatening food security and the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable communities. Here, Werapong Prapha, Gendered Enterprise Development and Private Sector Coordinator, explains how a new community led social enterprise is promoting responsible fishing practices, respecting the rights of fishing communities, and the environment. …