During the second Rio meeting the Data Charter consultation process was reviewed. Gaps were identified and elements were added to the text where necessary. Participants also discussed next steps, which include developing a validation process; strategizing dissemination, webpage and visualization tools; developing an implementation plan; discussing the monitoring challenge; and defining participant roles.
The first in a series of global consultations on philanthropy data meant to engage stakeholders in a discussion about the key principles and a common vision for data collection on philanthropy across the globe. The aim was to create and support a global charter on data in philanthropy. The invitation-only meeting, hosted by WINGS in collaboration with the Foundation Center, brought together 24 individuals from every region of the world who share an interest in or responsibility for the collection and analysis of data on philanthropy.
Twenty participants from 10 countries reviewed the Data Charter in October, sharing their perspectives and experiences on data collection projects and partnerships. This input from different regions is essential for a truly representative and global Data Charter.
In June participants discussed questions raised during previous stages. Topics included privacy guidelines, confidentiality and security, terms of access, differentiation between individual and aggregated data, and the tension between the need for standardization and differing regional contexts.
The April webinar updated those who could not attend the Rio meeting but showed interest in joining the consultation. This gave everyone, including Rio meeting participants, a chance for further input. Positive aspects of the Data Charter were discussed, as well as areas for improvement.