Last week promised to share some tips and resources on how you can get started with building valuable data skills. Happy Data Learning!
We are currently living in the “fourth industrial revolution”. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), it’s defined as the digital revolution in that there is an interaction of the physical, digital and the biological spheres. Some of the implications of the digital revolution include more and more connectivity among people through mobile devices and … Continue reading Why data communication is a ‘future skill’ that you need to build today
Data viz of key word ranking and trends from South African #SONAs 1994-2018
Check out Jerusha's Vlog on her top 5 take-aways from MERLTech 2017, including where to find volunteer Data Scientists, and who's been using Blockchain in M&E.
When you first look at the image below, what do you see? A duck? A rabbit maybe? Or neither? Source  Now ask the person next to you. Was their response different? What you see first could easily differ from what might stand out for someone else. This is because of Perceptual Organization – “it refers … Continue reading Data Artistry – the science, art & fun in data viz
There is a gaping space in evidence informed decision-making (EIDM) in the not-for-profit sector, government and other social development organizations. Many organizations focus on use of data for accountability and do not take a systems thinking approach to learn and adapt. Research and evidence supports this, but few present practical approaches on how to narrow … Continue reading Engaging with the Evidence Experts at the Evidence 2016 Conference
“We have achieved 60% of our target (60 of 100 individuals trained) and are on track with our activities” “We reached 1200 learners in 5 schools, exceeding our target of 1000 learners” Statements like these, which explain programme progress in relation to a defined set of indicators, typically form an important part of progress reports … Continue reading Putting your project indicators into perspective
Organisational learning is a process of detecting and correcting error and is a component of adaptive capacity and organisational effectiveness (Letts et al, 1999; Arygris, 1977). This process is also known as adaptive coping, which includes the “ability to detect complex patterns within events, identify causal relations between events, and intervene in events” (Van Tonder … Continue reading Thinking outside the data box