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Responsible data management toolbox

2.4 Data culture and literacy

Developing your data culture is an essential prerequisite for responsible management of your organization’s data. Indeed, if we do not master the data and its challenges, we cannot be sure of “doing no harm” and using it wisely! In this subsection, you’ll find some essential industry resources to help you on your journey to better data practice.


2.4.1 The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Data Playbook

🔗 Download the resource here.

What is it about ?

The IFRC Data Playbook is made up of over 120 learning exercises aimed at better handling data in the humanitarian sector. It offers best practices, methods, training materials and resources to meet the diverse profiles of the humanitarian sector.

The content is divided into 10 modules and provides “recipes” to help organizations develop their own activities: how to start using data, designing data-driven projects, sharing data, responsible data management and how organizations can address quality issues. Although the content has been tailored to the audience of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, it can be adapted for any organization. It is an invaluable toolkit for any international solidarity organization that wants to launch a data literacy improvement strategy within their organization.

If you want to know more about how the IFRC went about developing the Playbook, you can read this experience sharing on our blog.

Who should access this resource?

  • Trainers and facilitators who are looking for content for teams or group learning options
  • Managers of data-driven initiatives within their organization

2.4.2 CartONG blog posts on data literacy

Why data literacy is important in the aid sector

🔗 The blog post is available here.

What is it about ?

In this blog post, CartONG first offers a definition of data literacy, then discusses why improving your data literacy is essential for humanitarian and development organizations and a required skill for any professional in the sector.

The following reasons are detailed in the blog post:

  • Data literacy as key to a “do no harm” approach
  • Data literacy helps increase collaboration between teams
  • Data literacy increases accountability and transparency within an organisation
  • Data literacy improves organisational performance and efficiency
  • Data literacy helps your staff grow, a win for both individuals and organisations

Top tools and resources to help you start your data literacy journey

🔗 The blog post is available here.

What is it about ?

In this blog post, CartONG shares a list of top tools and resources to start one’s data literacy journey. All resources shared on this blog post have been designed with different approaches, are actively used by certain organisations within the sector, and can be adapted to meet your needs as you try to develop data literacy. The shared resources quite comprehensive and accessible to learners, data literacy practitioners and organisations trying to create a data culture.