UNSSC: Leveraging Big Data for Sustainable Development


It is our pleasure to announce that the 1st edition of the Leveraging Big Data for Sustainable Development course will be held in Bogota, Colombia, from 29 Nov. to 2 Dec. 2016.

The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) has partnered with Data-Pop Alliance to jointly develop a comprehensive training and learning programme that assists UN staff and development partners in the use of big data for inclusive and sustainable development.

Data Pop-Alliance is a global coalition on Big Data and Development created by The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab and the Overseas Development Institute, with the Flowminder Foundation. It brings together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution through collaborative research, capacity building, and community engagement.

Content overview:

The course is offered with a view to strengthen the skills of UN staff and key partners in selecting, creating, using and interpreting data and statistics, and this will be done with a particular focus on public policy-making and implementation, building on both traditional methods of data analytics as well as more recent applications related to, for instance, mobile technology, crowdsourcing and big data.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course, participants will

  • Have an increased understanding and capacity to actively and constructively engage in and with Big Data in their work within and outside of their organizations;
  • Have heightened awareness of and interest in the key terms and parameters, applications and implications of the most recent debates and advances in Big Data and development;
  • Have easier access to high-quality resources and materials provided during the course and will be better able to further disseminate and explain this material to their colleagues and anyone interested in learning about Big Data and development.

Course Methodology

The training programme will use a blend of teaching and learning modalities, including traditional presentations, a keynote, interactive technical tutorials, group work, and a Data Expedition.

Course Contents

Day 1 Crumbs. Key terms and buzzwords in the big data and development landscape. The significance of big data within the data revolution and the 2030 Agenda in relation to open data and official statistics

Day 2 Capacity. Tools and methods to collect, aggregate and analyze data, as well as modalities and processes of data generation and use across multiple sources;

Day 3 – Communities. Overview of actors involved in generating, governing and using data. Use data to shape discussions and decisions. Identification of potential critical biases and flaws in data-driven approaches.

Day 4 – Partnership and Big Data. Public and private partnership on big data and due diligence.

Target Audience

The course is open to UN and Non-UN participants with background and interest in big data and development-related issues and innovation.

Cost of participation

The course is offered at a fee of USD 2,500 per participant, covering the following:

•           Four days of training with a balance of presentations, full group and small group work on case studies and exercises;

•           Exclusive access to online resources on Big Data and Development;

•           All course materials, resources and contacts.

Certificates of attendance from the UN System Staff College and Data-Pop Alliance will be awarded to participants who complete the course.

Registration for this opportunity is done online through UNSSC’s website: http://bit.ly/UNBigData

Deadline for enrolment is 21 November 2016.  

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Source: Notification UNSSC, 26.10.2016