Bridging Tech & Transparency: The TABridge Sessions
Transparency & Accountability Initiative has opened two windows for learning and partnerships through 2011 and 2012. These windows are the TABridge Sessions.
Through a collaborative shared learning, each TABridge Session will offer participating T/A groups practical advice and training to help them think strategically about how web and mobile technologies can further their program goals. As well as exhibiting the breadth of tools on offer, the sessions will address how, where, when and why these tools can be successfully applied, and highlight the potential pitfalls as well as the solutions. The goals of the session will also be forming a network of practice aimed at collaboration and knowledge sharing.
The TABridge Sessions also aim to foster better collaboration and dialogue between technology groups and civil society. Research by the Transparency Policy Project has shown that tech T/A interventions are more likely to succeed when those who create the technology are embedded in local NGO networks and seize opportunities to partner with government. The most successful tech projects are those where technologists understand the motivations and strategies of information users and tailor their efforts to fit these. A key focus of each three-day session will be to give technology groups more familiarity with the goals, substance and challenges facing practitioners in the transparency & accountability field.
- When ↓
The first Bridging Session was held in late November 2011 and was be co-hosted by The Transparency and Accountability Initiative, the Revenue Watch Institute, Global Integrity, The Transparency Policy Project and Aspiration, with a specific focus on tech T/A in the extractive industries sector. Taking lessons learnt from that first experience, the second session will be held in Nov 2012 with a specific focus on the budget transparency sector.
- Who ↓
Participants will include:
- Transparency & accountability practitioners
- Transparency & accountability technologists
- Private sector technologists
- Funders looking to develop partnerships and approaches to leverage mobile and web technologies in particular sectors
- During the session ↓
Participants attending the sessions can expect to receive:
- Direct strategic advice how they can harness tech throughout their work, with a view to incorporating this throughout their programming. We also plan to use the session to offer groups strategic/tailored advice on development of tech-enabled program they are working on
- Training of staff members
- Opportunities for peer-to-peer review, partnership and collaboration
- Post session ↓
After the session, participants can expect to receive:
- Technical assistance through the T/A Initiative to help them further develop tech-enabled programs. This support will be offered and coordinated by advisors engaged by T/AI to provide strategic advice or referrals to outside experts when appropriate.
- Receive advice and guidance on potential funding opportunities for new tech-enabled projects
- Participate in an our online community of practice to receive support from peers who are developing or running T/A tech projects, and add to the group’s shared knowledge via blog posts, commentary, and twitter feeds with news links and updates.