The International Network for Data on Impact and Government Outcomes (INDIGO) is a community of peers with an interest in sharing data about the design, implementation and evaluation of outcome-based projects. INDIGO's objective is to support the use of quality data by policymakers who are addressing complex social problems. To complement our INDIGO peer learning group, we hold a bi-annual hackathon-style, "Hack and Learn" event.
The idea of this Hack-and-Learn Event is to bring together policymakers, who can frame specific questions, and coders, who can answer those questions with data. Harnessing skills and experiences from a diverse pool of actors, we provide a space for learning and community building around the use of data in the field and an opportunity to solve problems, co-produce and make better sense of the use of data. Both policymakers and coders are invited to work with the INDIGO database system and datasets. Each Hack and Learn session will result in new visualisations to answer the questions of policymakers. At the end of the hackathon, a blog and a report on the social outcomes data use will be written to summarise the learning outputs.
You don't have to be an expert coder or a policymaker to attend. You might be both or you might be neither. Novices welcome!
For 2021's first Hack and Learn event in March, we invited policymakers, data analysts and other representatives of the public and private sectors to join us in tackling pressing questions in the field of social outcomes.
Participants learnt about the basic elements of outcomes-based contracts, the pressing issues and challenges within the field, and were introduced to our new database and definitions. Policymakers, NGO representatives, citizen advocates and researchers were invited to join a group of fellow counterparts in the sector to debate the pressing concerns social outcomes contracts should strive to solve as well as potential ways to solve them. Coders and data analysts joined a team of fellow coders from around the globe, use open-source tools, such as Gephi or Plotly, and open data to explore one of 8 challenge areas.
The event was co-hosted by Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, INSPER, University of Cape Town’s Bertha Centre and Ashoka University’s Centre for Social Impact & Philanthropy. The event was sponsored by our partners at UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.
We will provide updates, including a call for participant coders and policy makers via the INDIGO email list. We are also open to comments and suggestions on the above session sequencing and agendas. To join the email list or provide feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.