We aim to help civil society organisations harness the full potential of web and mobile technologies. To do this, we are working to weave a network of practice that connects civil society groups and technologists through a combination of live events, training, 1-to-1 project support and online collaborations, delivered in ways that support peer learning and sharing. Click through the calendar below to see events, webinars and meet-ups that we and others are hosting.
Effective Technology Project Planning and Implementation: TABridge WebinarTime: 7am PST, 10am EST, 3pm BST, 4pm CET, 7:30pm IST, 10pm SGT
Technology project management is tricky as implementation often brings up new challenges and highlight problems you didn’t know existed. In this webinar, you will get a better understanding of agile and flexible project management techniques that means you stay in control when you face unknowns during implementation. You will also gain knowledge about choosing the right technologies and working with consultants and developers.
Tech Strategies that Support Successful Accountability Projects: TABridge WebinarTime: 7am PST, 10am EST, 3pm BST, 4pm CET, 7:30pm IST, 10pm SGT
In this webinar, we will hear from members of the TA Bridge community that have successfully implemented technology projects that helped them increase their ability to impact accountability. We will review research findings that show how understanding contexts in which you are implementing technologies is the best way of assuring successful uptake of tools you might be deploying. By examining the transparency-accountability action cycle and the variables involved, you will walk away with a clear understanding of how to identify technologies that will impact rather than detract from your overall work. You will also understand how articulating a technology strategy can support a long-term vision for real change.
Getting Citizens Engaged in your Transparency and Accountability Work: TABridge WebinarTime: 7am PST, 10am EST, 3pm BST, 4pm CET, 7:30pm IST, 10pm SGT
How is that spreadsheet going to engage and inspire people? You need to translate data into information that will change or impact their lives. During this webinar, you’ll get an understanding of how to identify the right data and package it to effectively connect with your audience. We will also look at creative ways to motivate citizens to give you data.
Learning, Evaluating and Fine-Tuning Your Technology Project: TABridge WebinarTime: 7am PST, 10am EST, 3pm BST, 4pm CET, 7:30pm IST, 10pm SGT
Have you said: “If only we knew that at the beginning”? If you wait until the end of your project to do evaluation, you will miss important learning opportunities that can contribute to success. We will examine methods of integrating evaluation and learning during your technology project implementation. This will cover how to establish a starting point or baseline and formulate metrics that will help you determine if your project’s on it’s way to being a success.
Digital Security Essentials for NGOs: TABridge WebinarTime: 7am PDT, 10am EDT, 3pm BST, 4pm CET, 7:30pm IST, 10pm SGT
With increased dependence on digital technologies comes increased vulnerability to attacks and exploits that can cause substantial damage to organizations, allies, and supporters. This session will offer an conceptual overview, starting with the “why” of focusing on security and then moving to a survey of the different realms where NGOs should address security considerations. Concrete steps for improving “security culture” will be offered, and there will be plenty of room for questions.
The Two Sides of Funding Technology Projects: TABridge WebinarTime: 7am PST, 10am EST, 3pm BST, 4pm CET, 7:30pm IST, 10pm SGT
Having a technology strategy and a solid technology plan will only get you so far. You also will need to find the resources to support the project. We will look at technology project proposals from both sides, how to write them but also how funders evaluate them. This will include best practices for funder/grantee relationships. We will also look at identifying different resources besides funding that can support your tech needs and ideas.
Using Info-Graphics and Data Visualisations to EngageTime: 7am PDT, 10am EDT, 3pm BST, 4pm CET, 7:30pm IST, 10pm SGT
A picture can speak a thousand words and visualisations can distill complex data into easy to comprehend nuggets. However, pictures are perceived differently depending on who is viewing it and their contexts. How you package your data should be determined by who will view it, and what you want them to do as a result. We will provide you with a framework on how to get the right visual elements to convey complex information simply to your audience. This will also include how to develop a design brief, and tips for working with data wranglers and graphic designers.
Using ‘Big Listening’ techniques in your Transparency and Accountability Work.Time: 7am PDT, 10am EDT, 3pm BST, 4pm CET, 7:30pm IST, 10pm SGT
Are you broadcasting a message on social media but finding that no one is listening? We will show you how to use online social media to understand and effectively engage your stakeholders. Learn how to identify keywords, vocabulary, where your stakeholders are online, where your issues are being discussed and how to tap into the power of a distributed network to amplify your message. We will also review a range of free dashboards and listening tools.
Preview of January WorkshopTime: 700 PT, 1000 ET, 1500 GMT, 1600 CET, 1930 IST, 2200 SGT
How can technology and new collaborations really help us to “Follow the Money” and improve accountability?
Citizens and campaigners require ways to “Follow the Money” to reach a vast range of social goals, from improving service delivery and combatting corruption to protecting the environment and monitoring illicit financial flows or political influence.
Technology can provide powerful tools to access and trace private and public money flows, between areas such as contracts, payments, revenues, budgets and international bank accounts. But technology or data alone is rarely enough to bring change – for that our tools must be nested in broader approaches that respond to the realities of power.
On 20-21 January, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative will host an in-person workshop bringing together activists, journalists, technologists and funders. For a preview of the workshop topics and goals, please join us on 16 December for a live webinar featuring workshop participants and organisers.
The first practical aim of the workshop, to be held in Berlin, is to share learning on where tech can add value and what’s really needed to bring change—what kinds of collaboration and capacity-building, what types of funding? But our second audacious aim is to identify concrete areas of potential new work, and to help stimulate the kinds of collaboration that can have real impact.
- Khadija Sharife, Investigative Dashboard, A.N.C.I.R.
- David McNair, Director of Transparency, ONE campaign
To RSVP for the workshop preview webinar, go to: http://tabridge121614.eventbrite.com
On 16 December, you can join the webinar directly by going to: