MEI#3 Symposium

Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact #3 Creating a data friendly City – Tuesday 6 March 2018

What can we do to create an environment that puts the needs and rights of the individual before the need for data?

Over the last 3 years, the MEI partnership have been working with a range of stakeholders from across the data system including voluntary and community sector groups, funders and academics. Taken a solution-focused approach, the purpose of this activity has been to explore how the value and impact of voluntary and community sector activities can best be evidenced whilst safeguarding the rights of the citizen and minimising the impact of data burden on people and organisations.  This year our focus will be on evaluating projects that aim to address complex needs and systems change.  We will have examples from Community Navigation, Information Advice and Guidance and its role in producing capacity-building systems change and examples of alternative approaches to evaluating and monitoring homelessness interventions.

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) going live on Friday 25 May 2018 brings the above more sharply into focus. It has prompted all organisations to reflect, review and revise what data they gather, how and for what purposes. Organisations will need to explain and justify how the level of data collection they undertake with individuals is appropriate and proportionate and will require a robust data strategy that puts the information rights of individuals first.

Moving away from our own organisations, this collaborative space will be the opportunity to consider some of the issues at hand if we are to become a ‘data friendly’ city.

MEI Symposium Full Programme 2018

When: Tuesday 6 March 2018

Times: 1.30-4.30pm

Where: Edward Street Lecture Theatre, 154 Edward Street, Brighton, BN2 0GJ

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