Dear IATI Community,
The process for suggesting changes to IATI Standard Publishing Guidance was introduced in June 2020. Following the established process, we are adding this discussion topic as we have received a specific proposal from an IATI community member on changes to the COVID-19 guidance.
Summary of change:
The OECD DAC has added a specific COVID-19 control sector code (12264), which has been included in the IATI 5 digit sector codes. This code falls under the basic health category (122) and is defined as “All activities related to COVID-19 control e.g. information, education and communication; testing; prevention; immunisation, treatment, care. It is important to note that it is not a general COVID-19 marker, but the addition was specific to the sector codelist. The proposal is for the new sector code to be added into the IATI COVID-19 publishing and data access guidance.
Specific updates being proposed:
- Data publishers should only use the sector code 12264 when their activity relates to:
“All activities related to COVID-19 control e.g. information, education and communication; testing; prevention; immunisation, treatment, care.”
This code should not be used as a general ‘covid’ marker for an activity.
All other sectors which the activity relates to should be provided with the relevant percentage split.
For the COVID-19 data access guidance
- Data users should include a search for sector code 12264 when looking for COVID related IATI data.
#1. Do you agree with the proposed changes above? Do you have any additional specific text changes to the ones proposed above?
#2. Is there anything else we should be aware of, discuss or add to the COVID publishing and data access guidance?
#3. Will the proposed change bring any challenges with how you publish, and/or useCOVID-19 related data?
Share your comments below and please refer to the number of the question you are responding to.
Issues which require no change to the interpretation to the Standard, but are additions or changes to the published guidance. At the 6 month review period the Technical Team will review the discussion on Github and assess whether there is an agreement. We will also signpost/share via IATI Connect (specific category for this will be set up) once the issue has been raised, so users can be alerted and can get involved if they wish to. Issues can also be raised directly on IATI Connect under the relevant category. Following agreement, changes will then be made to the guidance by the Technical Team. More weight will be given to proposals supported by more community members.
Note: we propose that we need agreement of at least 10 community members.