Safety First: Collecting Data and Protecting People in a Global Pandemic

In a time when critical data is needed more than ever, how can technological innovations and new methodologies be deployed to more safely collect data that protects people and sustains high-impact projects?

In this virtual panel, leaders in research, international development, and technology will discuss innovative approaches for safely collecting data and sustaining high-impact work. These approaches include safer methods of in-person data collection (e.g., remote training and device management), remote data collection methods (e.g., phone surveys, SMS, online surveys), and opportunities for collaboration and peer learning.

With diverse perspectives from practitioners in field research, the donor community, and multi-stakeholder partnerships, the panel will present a wide-ranging view of adapting data collection for the present and future. Participants will also be encouraged to ask any questions about their own needs for collecting data in ways that protect project staff and beneficiaries and sustain their work.

This panel discussion is being held under the auspices of the Safe People + Data Initiative, which provides methodologies and resources for safer data collection, in response to new challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing need for safety-focused innovation. The initiative is led by Dobility, Inc. with generous support from its many partners and users on the ground in over 165 countries.

Time: 9 am ET (US and Canada)

Location: Virtual

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020