WHAT IS DATA TEAM LEAD TRAINING?
510 offered a course in data team lead training that covered a wide variety of topics, from overviews of existing 510 projects, team management best practices, and technical training in several platforms.
WHO WAS IT FOR?
Seven representatives from Canada, Denmark, delegate in Mali, Kenya, The Netherlands (delegate in Lebanon), The Philippines, and Zambia attended the full training. In addition, 510 interns and volunteers joined many of the technical sessions to improve their data science knowledge.
WHY IS IT NEEDED?
510 provides digital and data products to national societies but also helps build the capacity of those national societies. This training aimed to help national society staff establish or grow a data team in their country.
WHAT WE DID
The first week of training focused on existing initiatives at 510 and how to establish and manage a data team. 510 staff and volunteers led sessions on 510 products, data responsibility, working with volunteers, academic partnerships, mapathons, human-centred design, and team management and strategy. This week also included working time with 510 staff on existing projects.
For the second week of training, 510 partnered with The Analytics Academy and ORTEC to offer technical training on data analysis, data visualisation, mobile data collection, mapping, text mining, and statistics.
Just as important as the knowledge gained from 510 and ORTEC was the knowledge that data team leads learned from each other. Participants were inspired by their colleagues’ projects and were excited to have a network of peers to contact as they applied their knowledge back at home.
WHEN & WHERE WE STARTED
The training took place from 7 – 17 October 2019 in The Hague. 510 has organised previous in-country data training, but this was the first training that brought together representatives from different national societies for a data training at the headquarters of the Netherlands Red Cross, where 510 is located as part of the International Department.
DATA TEAM CREATION SO FAR!
- Malawi (3 members, operative 2017)
- Kenya (3 members, operative, 2018)
- Uganda (2 members, operative, 2018)
- Ethiopia (1 member, setting up 2019)
- Philippines (1 member, setting up, 2019)
- Zambia (1 member, operative, 2018)
- Mali (1member, setting up, 2019)
- Nepal (Planning, 2020)
- Lebanon (Planning, 2020)
- Zimbabwe (Planning, 2020)
WHAT WAS THE IMPACT & WHAT IS NEXT?
Participants found the training valuable despite having a variety of experiences and backgrounds. Innocent Bwalya, from Zambia, commented that learning direct skills and how to explain the value of data to his colleagues was very important. Meanwhile Faiza Rab, from Canada, noted that her unit has been steadily improving its data use and thus it was useful to compare experiences with 510 as a peer organisation. Toke Jeppe Rogbo-Bengtsson from Denmark plans to have a managerial role in his data team, so this training helped him understand what he will ask his team members to take on. Data team leads found the sessions on recruiting volunteers, human-centred design, and building academic partnerships especially useful.
In addition to the content of the sessions, data team leads enjoyed working with their 510 colleagues in person, not just by phone and email. Steve Kenai, from Kenya, said that “it was great to get to know 510 and see how they progressed from just an idea to such a massive outfit” and was inspired by learning from people who have actually done what he is now trying to do. All the participants are excited to have a network of peers to collaborate with in the future and are looking forward to sharing their new knowledge at home.
Data team leads attend a working session in The Netherlands Red Cross Headquarters.
The 7 data team leads representing 6 national societies.