CBO Intermediated Data Collaboration
Community based organizations (CBOs) have the potential to play a unique and crucial role in the process of implementing and monitoring progress towards meeting the UN SDGs. The research explores the modalities of engagement for CBOs, unpacks their data intermediation and collaboration role within the indicators data ecosystem, and explores the role of technology to amplify their engagement.
RATIONALE & MOTIVATION
The Sustainable Development Goals will not be achieved without leveraging partnerships with key societal stakeholders, hence the formulation of SDG 17. One such stakeholder is community-based organizations (CBOs). These are the organizations whose mission and vision primarily includes serving people in a local community and mobilizing individuals around specific, and generally locally focused issues. Secondary to that, and depending on the cultural context, is the ability of CBOs to offer advocacy channels to individuals who might otherwise not have societal representation, thus making a contribution to “not leaving anyone behind”.
This research is framed to address the following questions:
- What are the data and ICT challenges and opportunities for CBOs?
- What are the dynamics of data intermediation and collaboration for CBOs?
- How can technology support the engagement of CBOs in data collaboration?
RESEARCH OBJECTIVES & METHODS
Towards addressing the research questions, the project has the following objectives:
- Undertake a contextual inquiry with one of the CBO centers to identify the data opportunities and challenges
- Through participatory design methods, undertake the development of a ICT / data enablement tool for the CBO
Sustainable Development Goals, Community Based Organizations, Participation
Caritas de Macau
- Thinyane, M., Goldkind, L., & Lam, H. I. (2018). Data Collaboration and Participation for Sustainable Development Goals—a Case for Engaging Community-Based Organizations. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, 1–8.