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Data is cool, but there ain't no data (driven) revolution - Rakesh Rajani

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A presentation on the data revolution concept, by Rakesh Rajani and Ben Taylor, presented to Restless Development event, March 2014.

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Data is cool, but there ain't no data (driven) revolution - Rakesh Rajani

  1. 1. Data is cool, but there ain’t no data (driven) revolution Rakesh Rajani, Twaweza, @rakeshrajani (with support from Ben Taylor, @mtega)
  2. 2. Isn’t this beautiful?
  3. 3. One day we could do even this…
  4. 4. And they wouldn’t they love it!
  5. 5. Revolutions are driven by people, not data
  6. 6. Cartoon from WSP
  7. 7. 1. Start with the problem you wish to solve, not your data point
  8. 8. 2. Be rigorous with the evidence, and open to change your mind
  9. 9. 3. Most of the time, the real revolution will be the small data about my life
  10. 10. Anyone here interested?
  11. 11. 4. Meaning comes from comparing
  12. 12. 5. Be clear about how you will get from here to there aka theory of change
  13. 13. What will you do here to get there? Data I get it. We want to make a difference. We will do X. WHAT? What? What? What? What? What? What? What? What? What? What? What? DATA + WHAT? = CHANGE
  14. 14. • Do I understand? • Is it new info? • Is it worse than expected? • Do I care? • Is it my responsibility? • Do I have the skills? • Can I do anything? • New ideas for actions? • Can I achieve anything alone? • Will others join me? Source: Lieberman, Posner, Tsai (Twaweza Evaluators)
  15. 15. In conclusion, Revolutions are driven by people, not data
  16. 16. For data to aid the revolution, three things that really matter People RelationshipsPolitics
  17. 17. And for us to use the data well for the revolution Curiosity Be differentOpenness

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