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Why is Data Important for Social Good?

Posted on the 14 September 2016 by Center For International Private Enterprise @CIPEglobal

social_goodData for social good: it sounds nice, right? But what do we really mean when we talk about data and social good? Join CIPE, Data2X, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, +SocialGood, and TechSoup as we unpack why data is important for our common social good.

Our Twitter chat will focus on the obstacles and opportunities found in the sharing of data. We will pay attention to the need for gender data. We will share tools. We will explore examples of where data has made a direct, positive impact on communities. There has never been a greater emphasis on the sharing of data. Likewise, there has never been a need for greater coordination and collaboration.

Join us for this live Twitter chat on September 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT as we examine what steps are needed to move the data for social good project forward.

Tune in by following the conversation at the hashtag #NPTechChat.

Our conversation will go around the globe, and we will explore these questions:

  • Why is data important for promoting social good?
  • How can we ensure that access to data leaves no one behind?
  • What’s the most urgent data gap that needs to be filled to promote social good?
  • What role should business play in harnessing the data revolution for social good?
  • What role do civil society and the nonprofit sector play in promoting uses of data for social good?
  • What are examples where data has improved people’s lives?
  • What tools can we use to promote data for social good?
  • What are the limits to #OpenData?

Learn more about our chat hosts:

  • The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and civil society to build the institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include enterprise ecosystems, democratic governance, business advocacy, and anti-corruption and ethics. @CIPEglobal
  • Data2X, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, is a collaborative technical and advocacy platform dedicated to improving the quality, availability, and use of gender data in order to make a practical difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. Motivated by the belief that “there is no gender equality without data equality,” Data2X works with United Nations agencies, governments, civil society, academics, and the private sector to close gender data gaps, promote expanded and unbiased gender data collection, and use gender data to improve policies, strategies, and decision-making in support of gender equality. @Data2X
  • The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is multi-stakeholder network of more than 150 data champions harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development. Its members represent the full range of data producers and users, including governments, companies, civil society groups, international organizations, academic institutions, foundations, statistics agencies and data communities. The Global Partnership serves as an invaluable convener, connector, and catalyst. It builds trust and encourages collaboration among stakeholders. Its aim is to fill critical data gaps and ensure that data is accessible and usable to end extreme poverty, address climate change, and pave a road to dignity for all by 2030.
  • +SocialGood has over 60,000 fans, followers, and members who represent over 140 countries. It’s an international community where digital innovators, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, change makers, and global citizens come together to share world-changing ideas and catalyze action. The online community platform empowers the new, connected generation to work together to find, develop, share, and advocate for solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. @plus_socialgood
  • TechSoup equips changemakers with transformative technology solutions and skills they need to improve lives globally and locally. Whether you have resources to give or solutions you need to get, TechSoup facilitates the exchange. A trusted partner for nearly three decades, TechSoup provides both the digital platforms and in-person experiences that enable people to work together toward a more equitable world. We are serving 236 countries and territories and have partnered with more than 62 of the world’s leading civil society organizations to improve lives globally through the use of technology. @TechSoup

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