Responsible Data Use: Balancing Tensions

Responsible data practice has become a popular and important topic in international development- particularly in health. Using digital technology for data collection, sharing, and use holds huge potential. Data, however, come with risks especially for vulnerable populations. Over the last three years, USAID has been probing the current policies, legal frameworks, and international best practices to develop Responsible Data Practice Guidelines for use by USAID staff, IPs, and development practitioners. In addition to development of the Guidelines, USAID has been working with internal stakeholders from the Office of the Chief Information Officer (M/CIO), the Global Development Lab and the Office of Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) to discuss integration of the Practice Guidelines into the Agencies work. This panel presentation will highlight the role of responsible data in the Agency, the Practice Guidelines themselves and how the Agency is considering their use.

Speakers included:

  • Jake Watson, Senior Director, Platforms & Services, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)
  • Otilia Flavian Gowelle, Director of training and Human Resource Development for Health, Ministry of Health Tanzania
  • Krista Baptista, Senior Director, DAI
  • Rebecca Saxton-Fox, ICT Policy Advisor, USAID
  • Isaac Dambula, Deputy Director of Planning, Ministry of Health and Population - Malawi