IATI TAG 2017 Draft Agenda (public)
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SourceDayTitleFormatLead nameLead orgShort descriptionProposed outcomesMinsSpeakers / facilitatorsWho else involved?Target audienceProposed actions? Follow up?Anything else?
Google form2 or 3A look into AidStream new features and futureLightening talk with QA at the endAnjesh TuladharYoungInnovations Pvt. Ltd.To discuss about existing new features of AidStream and further plansTo make organisations aware of the new features in AidStream and what's coming up. Also we will get feedbacks and suggestions from the existing organisation users on what they think would be useful addition/feature in AidStream.15 minutes followed by discussionAnjesh Tuladhar/YoungInnovationsBibhusan Bista/YoungInnovations
Wendy/DI? (maybe) or someone from IATI Support
NGO - current AidStream users and potential new usersYes, these feedbacks will help us understand AidStream users' needs and perhaps pain points - we will try to make the aidstream journey as easy as possible for the organisations.
Google form2 or 3Accelerating Tool Development for Data UsePresentation followed by small group discussions, then reconvene.Steven FlowerOpen Data ServicesIn February 2017, the Open Ag Funding Partnership in partnership with DFID held a tool accelerator workshop to develop advanced data tools for the publication and use of IATI data. In attendance were Development Initiatives, Zimmerman & Zimmerman, D-Portal, Spatial Dev, Young Innovations, and others. In this session, we will share what the accelerator taught us about developing tools for IATI, share prototypes for feedback, and discuss how our approach can be replicated for other sectors and types of IATI data.Our goals are to share our learning from the accelerator workshop with the community and seek active engagement and feedback in the IATI tool development process.60Steven Flower (Open Data Services), James Coe (Publish What You Fund), Rory Scott (Open Data Services)Reid Porter (InterAction), David Duffeck (InterAction)IATI data publishers and users, especially technical staff and anyone with an interest in tool development.We will invite interested participants to test and provide feedback on specific tools once they are fully developed (mid-2017).While the presentation and tools are specific to agricultural investment data, the session will address the concept of making IATI data useful, useable, and in-use in a concrete manner. Participants from other sectors can learn from our successes and mistakes in developing tools. Those knowledgeable in the area of agricultural data will be introduced to a variety of in-progress projects and have the opportunity to actively inform their development.
Google form2 or 3Building a CSV2IATI replacementLightning talk - longBen WebbOpen Data Services Co-operativeMany medium sized IATI publishers currently publish their data via spreadsheets. CSV2IATI was created to help those publishers produce IATI XML, but is no longer actively mainatined.
Open Data Services Co-operative plans to develop a new approach for Spreadsheet to IATI conversion, based on similar work for 360Giving and the Open Contracting Data Standard.
To inform the IATI community about our plans, and to get feedback on our planned approach.30Ben Webb and Rory Scott, Open Data Services Co-operativen/aA fairly technical talk - aimed at publishers producing IATI data via spreadsheets, and others who help them publishOpen Data Services will be continuing with software development, incorporating feeback, and then sharing our progress again at a later date.
Other4Codelist managementWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI
Other4Core funding and funding from own sourcesWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI
Other1d-portal - demonstrationDemoIATI Tech TeamDI30
Other1d-portal - user testing; requirements workshopWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI90
Other1Data Use Surgery - I have a question about data useSurgeryIATI Tech TeamDI20 x ?
Other4Deprecation of old versions of the StandardWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI
Google form2DLT (and Blockchain) in Development
Talk then workshop
Tom WilkinsonDFIDDemystifying Distributed Ledger technology, and then sketching some uses for IATI and development generally.Better understanding of DLT applicability in different areas.40Tom Wilkinson (DFID), John Adams (DFID)John Adams (DFID)Data architects and/or aid project managersDecision on whether to propose DLT as a data architecture for IATI
Other4Double countingWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI
Google form2 or 3FAO experience in applying OECD-DAC sector/purpose codingLightning talk - longSangita DubeyFood and Agriculture Organization of the UNChallenges, Solutions & Lessons learned in applying OECD-DAC Sector/Purpose codingTo help IATI reporters in apply sector/purpose codes from the Creditor Reporting System to their IATI-published data20Sangita Dubey & Brian Carisma, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UNNone (though Open Ag Funding and InterAction are partners in FAO's work in this domain)All IATI reportersConsultations and workshop on proposal to the OECD-DAC to revise their sector/purpose codes related to Agriculture, Food and Nutrition security
Google form2 or 3Getting Over the Hump of Data EnrichmentPanel followed by small group/"world cafe"/"speed dating" discussions.James CoePublish What You FundWhile there is broad agreement about how to enrich and improve IATI data technically, institutional inertia, technical challenges, and other barriers continue to stymie progress towards better data. As a continuation of an ongoing discussion, the Open Ag Funding Partnership will bring data users and publishers together to discuss ways they can work cooperatively and take advantage of tools and technical assistance to clear these obstacles to make IATI data more open, more granular, and more traceable.Our goal is to bring data users and publishers together to discuss remaining challenges in enriching IATI data in order to make progress in securing new commitments for improved data sharing. We will also share our progress in delivering technical assistance and developing data tools as a follow up to previous presentations by the Initiative for Open Ag Funding within this community.60James Coe (Publish What You Fund), representative data user(s) and publisher(s) (TBD)Reid Porter (InterAction), David Duffeck (InterAction)General data users, data publishers, donors, etc. with or without technical backgrounds.We will use the session to start conversations that may lead to commitments for improved data publication.We have a number of potential participants representing both data users and publishers, and will do the necessary preliminary coordination to ensure that each side is well-represented in the discussion.
Email2 or 3Good Financial Grant PracticePresentationDr Michael KilpatrickAfrican Academy of SciencesAn introduction to the Good Financial Grant Practice Programme and why it could be of interest to the IATI members for the financial governance of the funds they awardTo raise awareness of the GFGP programme within IATI30Ideally I would like to request nominations of award recipients to be involved in piloting workshops in late ‘17
Other2 or 3Govt IDs/identify.orgWorkshop60
Google form1Hands-on humanitarian dataHands-on workshopDavid MegginsonUNOCHAInformal, hands-on technical workshop with humanitarian aid data, including IATI and non-IATI data. We will look at IATI data from the Financial Tracking Service (FTS), who-what-where (3W) and baseline data hosted on the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX), HXL-tagged ad-hoc humanitarian data, and others.Allow potential implementers and planners to get hands-on experience with humanitarian data, and understand what's currently available and how it differs from other humanitarian data. Possibly get some proposed solutions for feeding more humanitarian data into IATI.120I will be one facilitator, and will invite others (e.g. Tim Davies) to help lead.I will lean heavily on other technical leaders in the IATI community for support.Technical implementers, capable of seeing and working with raw data (XML, CSV, JSON, etc.). The technically-curious are also welcome.We will follow up on any suggestions or queries that emerge from the workshop.This should be a highly-informal event, possibly in the evening. Ideally, it will follow the earlier, more formal sessions that I've proposed.
Other2 or 3Harmonising donor requirements for NGOs and othersWorkshopDFID, Sida, NL MFA, Belgium, ECDFID, Sida, NL MFA, Belgium, EC60
Other4HierarchiesWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI
Google form2 or 3Humanitarian data part 1: context and goalsTwo high-level speakers (e.g. programme level or higher from partner country, donor, and/or multilateral).David MegginsonUNOCHAHigh-level introduction to humanitarian data and IATI, focusing more on business/policy-level goals such as the Grand Bargain, donor and agency requirements, etc. No XML, system diagrams, or other technical details will appear on presenters' slides.Set the stage for more-detailed work on humanitarian data later, by making it clear what we're trying to accomplish, who the major players are, what the major needs are, etc.60I am willing to moderate the session. The speakers are TBD, but for a donor speaker, it would be good to have someone from e.g. the Netherlands, US, or Canada (since John is already there for DFID).I will coordinate with DI staff and OCHA to make sure that the speakers fit in well with the rest of the conference.All, but the session will be especially useful for people who are more focused on policy/programmes/etc. and feel a little put off by the detailed technical content of some other presentations.No. This session is purely for setting the stage for later, more-detailed humanitarian-data discussions.I'm proposing two followup sessions as well: a middle-level panel discussion, and a hands-on workshop (see separate proposals). This one would come first in the programme.
Google form2 or 3Humanitarian data part 2: challenges and opportunitiesPanel discussion followed by open audience discussion.David MegginsonUNOCHAUp to five panellists will each give a five-minute introduction about a different challenge/opportunity for IATI and humanitarian data transparency, followed by an open discussion. This will be at a medium level of detail, talking about some high-level technical issues, but not about specific markup or system details.Better understanding of the mid-level strategic/tactical details of sharing humanitarian data via IATI, especially for those who will be project-managing data initiatives.60I am happy to moderate the session. The speakers are TBD, but will lean towards recognised experts in different areas, with representation from the partner-country, NGO, agency, academic, and/or donor level. Bibhusan from Young Innovations is a good example of a potential panelist.I will coordinate with DI staff and OCHA to make sure that the speakers fit in well with the rest of the conference.All, but the session will be especially useful for people planning and managing data initiatives, trying to understand the risks and best practices of humanitarian data sharing, as well as strategists within the IATI TAG.Yes, we should record and follow up any issues or offers raised during the audience discussion.This would make the most sense back to back with the first humanitarian-data session I proposed. The workshop (which I will propose next), will be an informal, techy event, possibly for an evening.
Email2 or 3IATI & Open Contracting - cross-standard compatibilityWorkshopTim Davies; Steven FlowerOpen Data Services Co-operativeWorkshop60
Other2 or 3IATI 3+ - imagine the future togetherWorkshop with post-itsJohn AdamsWhat should IATI of the future look like? How could we radically simplify IATI to make it much more accessible to a wide range of users? What lessons can we learn from other standards initiatives like HXL, 360 Giving and Open Contracting?Principles, ideas and proposals to make IATI much simpler and easier to use.60John Adams (DFID)TBDUsers, technical expertsConcrete proposals for future IATI
Google form2 or 3IATI and country systems: Achievements, challenges and ways forwardWorkshopTaryn DavisDevelopment GatewayWe will talk about two different methods used to integrate IATI data into country systems, share the challenges in these efforts and have an open discussion of how to move forward with this effort and the improvements that need to be made for this to be done more efficiently.Clear picture shared of what can feasibly be done now with IATI in country systems, and what it will take for this data to more easily and effectively be used at the country level.60Taryn Davis (Development Gateway), Mark Brough (UNDP Bangladesh)N/ATechnical implementers of IATI data, Data publishers, community involved in shaping/influencing how data is published, technical support teams of IATI tools, policy staff interested in how IATI data can be / is being used.We hope that this will contribute to larger conversations about improving data traceability, quality, tools, and programs, and might feed into follow-on progress to improve access to IATI data in country systems.
Email2 or 3IATI and the SDGsWorkshopCarl ElmstamSida60
Google form2 or 3IATI at the country level - What needs to happen on demand and supply sidePresentaiton forllowed by informal sharing and discussion from participantsBibhusan BistaYoungInnovationsThis session will draw out experiences of various initiatives of different stakeholders who would want to share their experience on country level implementation of IATI, both on the demand and supply side. The session will be based on YoungInnovations pilot work of Aidstream implementation in Tanzania and a bit of experience in Nepal during earthquake reconstruction. However, we would encourage other to share their perception on IATI at the country level, specially on catalyzing the use of IATI data on the demand side and bringing in more organizations at the country level publishing into IATI at the country level. Clear understanding of what has not worked on using IATI at the country level; Way forward on making IATI relevant at the country level60Bibhusan Bista / Anjesh Tuladhar (YoungInnovation)Will scout for more co-organizers as we move along. Publishers interested to look into their data use at the country level; Country level I/NGOs looking to adapt IATI at the local levelTake discussion of the learning for our ongoing pilot work in Tanzania; Possible collaboration with other to pilot similar initiatives in other countries. It's high time that we discuss about hows and whats of IATI at the country level before it is too late :)
Google form2 or 3IATI business case frameworkPresentation + questions and discussion, alternatively it could be a lightning talkMarten SchoonmanAkvo FoundationA framework has been drafted to help NGO's to 1. value investment in IATI (cost-benefit analysis) 2. understand which (measurable and non-measurable) benefits they will get depending on how much effort they put in adopting IATI. In this presentation we will share how the framework is set up and will open the floor for questions and discussion to further enhance the model. The framework is an initiative of Plan Finland and is created by Accenture Finland and various other parties.Participants know how the framework is set up and can take it forward; use it, improve it.40Marten Schoonmanto be determined - one of the contributors if presentPeople interested in helping organisations to get a grip on how to value IATIA group may be formed to together take the framework further; use it, share experiences, etc.Mika Välitalo is the ICT4D specialist at Plan Finland who took the initiative. He indicated to me that he will not be at the TAG and agreed for me to present it at the TAG.
Google form2 or 3IATI data 'in the wild' - sharing experiencesMix of presentation & workshopPelle AardemaOpen WorksBased on one year of monitoring IATI data sets I'll present the most common errors, discuss why some of the IATI elements are so hard to grasp for new publishers and invite the audience to think along with possible solutions. A shared understanding of common errors and problems, and hopefully some concrete steps forward60Pelle Aardema, I'll ask Rolf Kleef if he'd like to joinanyone interested in using IATI dataConcrete next steps to be determined together with participants, probably need to be coordinated with IATI team
Google form2 or 3IATI data: Quality Analysis of 600,000+ activitiesPresentation followed by group discussion on the next steps in improving the quality. Anjesh TuladharYoungInnovationsWith so much volume of data in the registry, one will find number of issues with the data. This session will present overview of the 600,000+ activities, look into specific country, specific sector to give the perspective of data quality problems and also attempt to identify the mechanism on how quality could be improved so that more and more people are encouraged to use data. To raise awareness among the publishers that their data is very difficult to work with and they need to first start using their own data. Hopefully we will see some change in the data quality in future. 60Anjesh Tuladhar (YoungInnovations)
Bibhusan Bista (YoungInnovations)
NGOs, Donors, IATI secretariatWe will again run the analysis on the data over the year, perhaps before next tag to see if there has been any improvement in the quality or not.
Other4Improvements to publishing statistics methodologiesWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI
Other4Improvements to the Activity StandardWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI
Other4Improvements to the Organisation StandardWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI
Google form2 or 3Is IATI data usable for accountability?WorkshopAria GrabowskiOxfam AmericaUse and example of IATI data looking through the lens of a development partner to see if it provides enough detail and the right information to asses whether the funds have been spent on the intended purpose. After workshop participants examine this example from the assigned lens, have a discussion about what information is missing, if it is possible to include that information in the standard, if it is already part of the standard but not reported, is there a format challenge, what other challenges exist, and what steps are there to move forward.To raise awareness around the challenges of using IATI data, and to gain support and buy in for ensuring that the information provided is fit for purpose. Longer term outcome, adjust standard and reporting so that it provides actionable data in user friendly format that fits the technological and capacity constraints of users.60Aria Grabowski. Oxfam American/aData experts, government, CSOs/NGOsInsight will feed into advocacy strategy so that aid transparency is fit for purpose. This potentially includes case studies, building support with other allies, assessing if one set of information really is usable for all different types of actors, and how to make information user friendly so that it is easily accessible.I am currently working on a paper around local stakeholders information needs for social sector spending (aid, but also budget spending) so that they can monitor work (among other objectives), which will add insight into this session.
Google form2 or 3Localising IATI: Supporting CSOs in Africa to use IATIworkshopSarah JohnsBondWorkshop exploring the skills and support requirements of CSOs and other donor partner organisations based in Africa who need to share information on donor-funded projects via IATI. This workshop will use evidence gathered by UK-based CSOs and their African partner CSOs as a starting point but we hope that African CSOs attending the TAG will participate in this workshop to share their understanding of transparency, challenges they face in engaging peers with IATI and experiences of building the skills needed to publish to IATI.Shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities; beginning of a support network and infrastructure.60Speakers will be chosen from workgroup currently being facilitated with Bond which is a mix of UK and Southern CSOs. Depends on who has funding to attend.as for speakers.Donor governments requiring or interested in downstream delivery partners using the IATI standard; African based organisations; IATI product suppliers.Yes, will be used to inform work with DFID Southern partners, lead CSOs and possibly other donors.The workgroup to support this session is being led by Christian Aid and DFID are also engaged.
Other4Miscellaneous rules and guidelinesWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI
Google form2 or 3Monitoring activity progress: chain transparency in practiceWorkshopHerman van LoonNetherlands Ministry of Foreign AffairsHighlighting the use of IATI to monitor activity progress from the donors perspective using chain transperancy.Insights in the strengths and weaknesses of IATI to monitor activity progress in complex multi partner programs. Identification of the key area's to improve IATI data quality to make IATI data fit for M&E.45Herman van Loon and others (TBD)NAM&E and IATI staffProposals for improving IATI data quality regarding the use of data for monitoring activity progress and chain tranparency.
OtherPresenting Python LibraryDale PotterDI
OtherPresenting Tech Team workplanDale PotterDI
Other2 or 3Publisher Surgery - I have a question about publishingSurgeryIATI Tech TeamDI20 x ?
Google form2 or 3Reporting on results through IATIworkshopSarah JohnsBondWe will present and workshop draft proposals developed by IATI and Monitoring and Evaluation specialists to evolve the IATI Results element to create meaningful and useful results data from a range of development programmes, as required by donors such as DFID and by the Netherlands Government. We will work with members of the TAG in this workshop to develop a final proposal.A solid proposal for updating the IATI results element for 1) a decimal upgrade and/or 2) an integer upgrade.60tbc - we are working on the proposals with a group of UK and European organisations, led by WaterAid and Bond so it will be speakers from within the group.tbc dependent on travel arrangements but will be someone within the groupprimary: IATI technical specialists and development organisations/donor governments. Secondary: IATI data usersYes the proposal will be submitted for consideration for the next upgrade.We are working on the proposal at the moment, and happy to share these discussions via IATI Discuss prior to the TAG.
Other4Revised rules for decimal and integer upgradesWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI
Other1Speed dating - Data users meet data suppliersOtherTAG ChairDI60
Other2 or 3Technical product roadmapsWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI90
Google form2 or 3Testing data quality: A new tool for data publishersLightning talk - longAndy LulhamPublish What You FundPresent the concept and a working prototype of Publish What You Fund’s “simple tester” – a tool to allow publishers to test the quality of their data against the Aid Transparency Index methodology, prior to publishing to the IATI registry.Suggestions on how to improve the tool; raise the profile of a new data quality assessment tool.20Andy LulhamAndy LulhamData publishersSpeak with interested parties, and work with them to improve the tool
Other4TraceabilityWorkshopIATI Tech TeamDI
Google form2 or 3Traceability in action: sharing recent work, and agreeing common approachesWorkshop: Initial presentations from DFID, Z&Z, Open Data Services Co-operative, Dutch Government (to be invited), and others working on traceability, followed by roundtable and/or small group discussions.Steven FlowerOpen Data Services Co-operativeThe IATI standard has the potential to facilitate aid traceability, following the flow of funding, and the chain of impact, between different organisations. The IATI standard includes a number of ways in which relationships between activities and transactions can be represented and modelled.

A number of donors now give guidance to their downstream partners about how to publish IATI data for traceability. This session will explore existing guidance, and evaluate steps needed to come to common approach.

It will share results from pilot work in DFID to increase traceability, and will discuss plans for traceability-focused data validation.
- A shared understanding of traceability in IATI.
- A proposal for common guidance on traceability.
- To give further context to other discussions around traceability which will be taking place during the TAG i.e. http://discuss.iatistandard.org/t/tech-paper-traceability/541
90- John Adams, DFID
- Steven Flower, Open Data Services Co-operative
- Siem Vaessen, Zimmerman and Zimmerman
- Herman van-Loon, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (to be invited)
- Martin Akkerman, UNFPA (to be invited)
- Tim Davies, Open Data Services Co-operative
- Rory Scott, Open Data Services Co-operative
- Vincent van 't Westende, Zimmerman and Zimmerman
IATI publishers, and technical community interested in traceability- Input into finalisation of the ongoing DFID traceability project.
- Work on shared guidance on traceability.
- Input into traceability validation tools proposal.
- Contribute to the discussion of traceability happening throughout the TAG.
Google formTransparency on Results and SDGsLightning talkSiem VaessenNetherlands Enterprise AgencyOur dataset is visualised in a website since end 2015. But is always work in progress. Latest elements are showing numbers of jobs and companies supported and co-financing by private sector and visualizing the SDG's project and programmes are contributing to.
How is it done and what are the dilemmas using the IATI dataset?
Exchanges of view with audience.20IATI members focused on visualising data.Exchange of experiences between likeminded members.
Other2 or 3Using IATI data - Secretariat strategyWorkshopIATI SecretariatDIConsultation workshop to explore how the Secretariat should approach supporting greater IATI data use, particularly at country level.90
Google form2 or 3Using IATI datasets for communication; where can we improve?workshopMarten SchoonmanAkvo FoundationFor organisations publishing to IATI, why do many of them still have websites not saying anything about IATI? While with a small investment the complete project portfolio could be shared publicly online in a human-readable format. But how well does the standard support such an approach?

We like to share a proposal and facilitate a workshop to bring this untapped and undervalued potential forward.
An idea on how IATI can be used for communication purposes by organisations50Marten Schoonman, Akvo Foundationactive involvement of the participantspeople interested in bringing IATI further on the communication sidesuggestions for improvement of the standard for communication purposesWe believe that using datasets for communication is an untapped and undervalued potential of IATI - we like to contribute to discovering how TAG can bring this forward.
Other1What is IATI? An introduction for those new to the communityPresentation + questions and discussionIATI Tech TeamDI60
Google form2 or 3Working with results in IATIpresentation+discussionRolf KleefWe want to share experiences, approaches, and first lessons learned using results in IATI as required by the Dutch MFA.

How to work with results on lobby and advocacy: what kind of indicators are used? What about the risk to fall back to purely “output-oriented progress management”?
In what ways do organisations try to standardise their indicators? How do they divide roles and responsibilities partnerships, and standardise their indicators?
How to connect results across “theory of change fault lines”: how can you work with results data of your implementing partners when they have indicators that do not match your own?

We also want to sketch some visions on how we could work within the context of what is available and possible: the current version of IATI, current contractual agreements and current data practices.
Sharing of first experiences and concerns based on practical use by (mostly Dutch) NGOs to work with the Dutch MFA’s guidelines. Discussion and gathering new ideas and alternative approaches from other contexts.30Rolf Kleef, maybe one or two othersPartos and Data4Development are involved in organising and preparing; maybe one or two othersEveryone who is trying to produce and use IATI data to show progress and results on their activities.Partos intends to host a learning workshop in April to further facilitate exchange of good practices and approaches, where the outcomes from the TAG will be incorporated. This will feed into the MFA’s process to produce an IATI-based progress and results report for their Strategic Partnerships programme.We’re in contact with Sarah Johns and Mike Smith to see if this can be merged with the “Reporting on results through IATI” session (perhaps with additional time for that session)
Community consultationImproving the IATI file validation processHerman Van Loon