On the occasion of its first anniversary, the Open Data Policy Lab, an initiative from the GovLab with support from Microsoft, launched new course materials to support data stewards in developing a data reuse strategy for solving public problems.
The new self-directed learning program was adapted from a selective executive education course (currently accepting applications until Friday, May 21st). Noting the ways data resources can inform their day-to-day and strategic decision-making, the course provides learners with ways they can use data to improve how they operate and pursue goals in the public’s interests. By working differently — using agile methods and data analytics — public, private, and civil sector leaders can promote data re-use and reduce data access inequities in ways that advance their institution’s goals.
The Data Stewards Academy executive education course and self-directed learning program were designed and implemented by program leads Stefaan Verhulst, co-founder and chief research development officer at the GovLab, and Andrew Young, The GovLab’s knowledge director, in close collaboration with a global network of expert faculty and advisors. The eight-week program provides learners with guidance on:
- Why It Matters: A discussion of the three waves of open data and how data re-use has proven to be transformative;
- The Current State of Play: Current practice around data re-use, including deficits of current approaches and the need to shift from ad hoc engagements to more systematic, sustainable, and responsible models;
- Defining Demand: Methodologies for how organizations can formulate questions that data can answer; and make data collaboratives more purposeful;
- Mapping Supply: Methods for organizations to discover and assess the open and private data needed to answer the questions at hand that potentially may be available to them;
- Matching Supply with Demand: Operational models for connecting and meeting the needs of supply- and demand-side actors in a sustainable way;
- Identifying Risks: Overview of the risks that can emerge in the course of data re-use;
- Mitigating Risks and Other Considerations: Technical, legal and contractual issues that can be leveraged or may arise in the course of data collaboration and other data work; and
- Institutionalizing Data Re-use: Suggestions for how organizations can incorporate data re-use into their organizational structure and foster future collaboration and data stewardship.
It aims to:
- Empower you to solve public problems through systemic, sustainable, and responsible data re-use;
- Provide you with a powerful toolkit to draft a data re-use strategy that addresses public needs;
- Introduce the latest policies, tools and technologies for use in designing, implementing, and managing data initiatives;
- Enable you to pursue more purposeful, demand-driven partnerships and collaborations with a broad and inter-sectoral group of actors;
- Guide you on the best ways to mitigate risks and promote responsible data practices; and
- Ensure you can translate data into insights and insights into meaningful action.