|Project title||Enhancing Transparency with Open Data|
|Thematic area||Human rights and democracy|
|Name of the organization||K-Monitor Public Benefit Association|
|Postal address||1071 Budapest, Damjanich u. 51. 2. em. 18.|
|Project manager||Átol Dorottya|
|Project timeframe||October 1st, 2013 - April 1st, 2016|
|Amount of support||119,756 €|
Despite the high level of corruption civil society is weak in many areas, citizens are not aware of the damages caused by corruption. The project aims at empowering civil groups to become more effective in their actions against corruption. To this end, K-Monitor Association will develop methodological materials and tools for civil initiatives operating in the fields of advocacy, information provision and citizen engagement in order to assist them in elaborating data-based, authentic research materials, articles, recommendations, IT applications, infographipcs etc. that reaches out to and makes an impact on policy-makers and citizens. In the framework of the project the civil groups involved in the process will implement 10 open data action, conduct an awareness raising campaign, organize a conference and develop IT tools so that they can draw attention to the damages caused by corruption and compel citizens, civil society organizations and policy makers to reflection and action.
•Title of the project
Be smart with data!
•Location/geographical coverage of the project
Mainly Budapest, but one of the participating organisation is from the countryside (Szeged).
We started this project, since we feel that there is a great potential in developing Hungarian CSOs’ data usage, which can make their work much more effective. Although, K-Monitor is primarily concerned with fighting corruption, in this project we hope to move beyond the circle of CSOs working against corruption, by including organisations that focus on other areas of advocacy (such as environmental protection, housing rights, education of the most disadvantaged children, monitoring international development aid, human rights protection...etc.)
The world of open data opens up the possibility for advocacy and campaigning organisations to more effectively push for greater transparency, accountability, and legal and policy change in their respective fields.
oWhat is the aim of the project
The aim of the project is to promote open data usage in the Hungarian civil society, and to develop CSOs’ capacities in working with data. Through this we seek to also strengthen their communication, advocacy, and mobilisation skills. In this project K-Monitor engages in organisations who are active in diverse fields, so that the benefits of open data usage can have an impact in various policy areas. K-Monitor seeks to develop a community of open data users from the participating CSOs, groups, and by involving IT experts, graphic designers and data-experts. We hope to sustain this community in the longer term.
Through this our aim is also to help organisations to fight for greater transparency and accountability in the various policy fields, and this way extend the fight against corruption to different policy areas. It is of great importance, since growing intransparency and corruption create serious problems for CSOs in almost all areas of the public and private sector.
oWhat are the main activities?
K-Monitor organises capacity-building training and workshops for the participating organisations together with our international partners (Open Knowledge, The Engine Room) focusing on issues around data usage. There are a couple of more general and theoretical training sessions on introduction to the world of data and open data, the legal background of data usage - but most of these occasions involve practice-driven, interactive workshops focusing on: basic data and spreadsheet training, information management, geo-data and network analysis, data visualisation, strategic planning of working with data, strategic communication of a data project, community engagement through data work and impact assessment.
In addition to the series of workshops / training (appr. 15 occasions), K-Monitor seeks to develop with each organisation a data micro-project in the respective fields of the CSOs. This means that by the end of 2015 we hope to create 10 data initiatives through which the data skills they learned at the workshops can be put to good use. These micro-projects will range from for example an online application, an open data action, series of info-graphics, to research plans, or study papers, articles. We hope that some of these can be developed further into larger scale projects by the participating organisations.
As part of the project we also plan to organise at least 2 hackathons - events when IT and data experts get together with the participating organisations to brainstorm and develop some ideas and plans about possible data projects.
The project will be concluded by a closing conference, where all participating NGOs will present their data-projects.
There is also a self-developing element of the project: K-Monitor aims to further develop its strategy, create a fundraising strategy, and establish a long-term volunteer-programme.
In total: 39 024 000 HUF / 134199,94 € - 4 200 000 HUF / 14 443,41 own contribution
•Are there any stakeholders/partners involved?
K-Monitor has international partners taking part in the project:
Open Knowledge - holding “School of data” workshops for the participants (twice), providing online consultation and expert advice to K-Monitor and to the participants.
The Engine Room - providing consultation and expert advice to K-Monitor regarding the project.
In Hungary we are cooperating with several NGOs, such as: Transparency International Hungary, Átlátszó, and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, who also provide training and hold workshops for our participants. Additionally we plan to bring in the project various IT and data experts, and designers who can help the NGOs with their work with data.
•What is the used methodology/approach (if it can be considered as a unique approach/methodology)
In this project K-Monitor uses its own capacities / experience and draws on its local / international partners and experts to develop the data usage of the various NGO participants through a series of workshops and training sessions. The participating NGOs were selected based on the following criteria:
- organisations / groups whose work involves some kind of data, but are not experts of data usage
- organisations / groups which do not necessarily work on anti-corruption only, but also in other fields such as environmental protection, human rights, education etc. The aim was to involve and develop a very diverse group of organisations.
- organisations / groups which are involved in advocacy, and need improvement in advocacy, communications and mobilisation
In addition to training and capacity-building, K-Monitor aims to develop the participating organisations by cooperating with them on smaller data projects.
•What are the (expected) results/impacts
● improved data usage of the participating NGOs, and thus their strengthened advocacy, communications and mobilisations achievements in their respective fields, which are: greater transparency and accountability at certain local councils / in housing policies, in montioring development aid, in securing access to women’s health care, in advocating for special education institutions for disadvantaged children etc.
● greater awareness of the importance of data usage among CSOs
● greater media and public awareness of the benefits of open data
● the development of a civil community of open data users
•Specific risks and mitigation measures
● some organisations will not be able to participate until the end of the project → we already involved more organisations than promised
● certain organisations do not have a clear idea of their data projects → we plan to hold workshops on strategic planning of data projects, and strategic communication of data projects
● it is difficult to acquire certain datasets → if needed we seek to involve legal capacities to assist in ensuring that datasets are acquired
•Concrete achievements so far
No actual results yet after 4 months, but there are certain positive developments:
● 11 NGOs from diverse fields are involved in the project, ranging from small, volunteer community organisations, through countryside education centres for disadvantaged children, to larger, more professional organisations
● we completed a 2-days workshop for all organisations with the involvement of international trainers, and a 3-day workshop and consultation session for K-Monitor with Open Knowledge
● started our own volunteer program with the involvement of currently 10 volunteers
● regular blog and Facebook posts about open data and our project ( altogether 25 blog posts at least),
● communication to the media about the project at the time of the hackathon days, and the final conference - together with possible press conference at the closing event
● media events / interviews / articles organised around the different micro-projects
● social media promotion of the events of the project
● open data actions executed in cooperation with mainstream news portals or blogs
•Bilateral aspects (if any)
There is none unfortunately.