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Giselle commented on groundTruth Data Repository for Peacebuilding

Hi Kate,

Thanks for your questions!

Yes, absolutely - you can access the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfA0O8IAwq_xJi7OCWZTm3qYFX9fKuDbmGEjwzgtf5iOPSeJA/viewform?usp=sf_link#responses

Here are some anonymized excerpts and insights from the survey:

Qualitative data you collect in your work, if any:
- Surveys of our membership, information on specific projects, and case statements related to peacebuilding
- Participatory conflict assessments to help us understand local conflict dynamics and perceptions
- Films on community views of peace, artworks on community views of peace.
- Focus groups with business leaders to understand how they adapt to insecurity
- Focus group and interview transcripts as well as field notes

Quantitative data you collect in your work, if any:
- Number of people/organizations operating in a given country, number of people/organizations working on selected peacebuilding programs
- Information on the number of participants that attend our training
- Quantitative surveys on perceptions of democracy, security and stability; social media data on the same topics
- Running a survey of business owners to understand how firms adapt to insecurity; cell phone data, business registrations, and tax records on the same project
- Open source survey data from Afrobarometer and World Bank with violence data from ACLED to understand the relationship between economics and conflict
- We collect survey data and we collect indicators that can be analyzed quantitatively

How you, your partners, and/or beneficiaries use this data:
- For policy and advocacy, advancing the peacebuilding field, further research
- Qualitative date to determine our entry-points into a conflict, the stakeholders who need to be invited and to design the mediation space
- Support local community dialogues and inform policy reports and workshops
- To understand relationships, test common narratives (is unemployment a sufficient condition for violence?), and inform policy-makers
- Mainly for academic publications

Information you have difficulty accessing that would help you in your work:
- Information about where peacebuilding organizations (local and international) are implementing their programs
- Access to local conflict dynamics and data prior to sending someone to the field
- Access to Twitter and Facebook data through the public API
- What other perception surveys have been conducted in a particular area / country
- Data on economics, politics, and violence from conflict-affect countries with strong geographical and temporal coverage
- Ways to populate indicators that don't require surveys

In addition to NGOs, I believe others that could benefit and contribute to this platform are government agencies, universities, foundations, journalists, and companies. Some of those in these communities would likely be willing to either support the project as a whole or pay for access to customized capabilities. We are exploring this as part of our model for groundTruth.

Geographically, we would be especially interested in connecting with organizations where we would host PeaceTech Exchanges, which would be two out of the following four countries: Kenya, Tunisia, Colombia, and Pakistan. More generally, we are interested in connecting with organizations that are focused on applications of data for peacebuilding.

Best,
Giselle

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Giselle commented on groundTruth Data Repository for Peacebuilding

Hi Kate,

Thanks so much for your note and suggestions. We are working on the materials for this phase and will be uploading them very soon. We will absolutely make sure to highlight our existing work and relevant expertise, and we have a user experience map and beneficiary feedback to include.

I'll make sure to reach out at that email if we have any questions. Many thanks again!

Best,
Giselle

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Giselle commented on groundTruth Data Repository for Peacebuilding

Thanks so much for your comments and questions Paul. You raise some really important points. I was able to check out Girl Effect's TEGA program and agree it's very relevant to this approach. Thanks so much for sharing!

Financial sustainability is definitely something we have considered and are exploring different options and sources at the moment. We would not expect local peacebuilding and humanitarian organizations to pay for this platform, and to the extent possible we would want to make this open and accessible to the public.

You're absolutely right about the massive amount of effort and investment that goes into a system like this, and we have thought about incorporating existing tools and technologies. For example, we developed a system called the Open Situation Room Exchange (OSRx) that combined a back-end database with a front-end content management system to provide an infrastructure for robust data visualizations and country portals to support peacebuilding efforts. We have also explored existing systems such as the Humanitarian Data Exchange, which is a very close model for this data repository and uses CKAN technology.

Would love to hear any other thoughts you have, otherwise thanks again for your inputs and hope to stay in touch!