The IATI Data Users Community of Practice (COP) has been co-created with members of the wider IATI Community. This page provides a first overview of the initial thematic scope and possible activities of this COP. Its goals and activities informal reflect the current needs and preferences of the COP and will be updated and revised at least annually. Membership of IATI COPs is open to anyone with an interest in the subject matter.
Based on input received during Community consultations the following are the initial goals for the Data Users COP (non-exhaustive list):
- Build a network of support for COP members to better understand how to access and use IATI data; and how to reconcile IATI data with national data and other global sources, both for country-level decision making and accountability and for global research and analysis. This will include peer-to-peer engagement mechanisms, as well as direct support from the IATI Secretariat
- Ensure representation of a diversity of perspectives and data use needs in consultations and discussions around the IATI Standard and IATI products and tools hosted on IATI Connect.
- Utilise the IATI Data Users COP as a mechanism for collaboration / peer learning on enhancing the use of aid data (IATI data and other development cooperation data) in decision-making, policy-making and budgeting more widely.
COMMUNITY NORMS AND PRINCIPLES
The following are primary guiding principles and community norms considered especially important for the Data Users’ COP:
- Inclusiveness and recognising the need to ensure space for a diversity of data use needs, including from partner country governments, civil society actors, researchers, journalists, etc. This may necessitate creating spaces within the COP to accommodate these specific needs.
- Collaboration and cross-fertilisation amongst COPs, ensuring that discussions and activities are not solely confined to the Data Users’ COP, but, where relevant, bring in expertise from members of the wider IATI community.
- Provision of a mutually beneficial space for data users and IATI, where knowledge-sharing and other value is gained by COP members and IATI is also able to source information on how to meet the needs of key data users.
- Transparency to ensure that all shared information is open and freely accessible to all.
- Membership of the Data Users COP is open to anyone with an interest in the subject matter.
WHY JOIN THIS COMMUNITY?
- Provide input into official IATI products and tools, ensuring they are fit for purpose for the data user community and that a diversity of voices is present in their development.
- Share successes and challenges with peers and create a space where knowledge-sharing supports colleagues to better understand and use aid data.
- Network with peers for professional development.