Effective data management is the backbone of evidence-based urban development, and the UN’s Global Agenda 2030 provides an inclusive, multifaceted framework to help cities and those who live in them leverage data to become more prosperous.
This course helps to broaden participants’ understanding of the role of open data in city administration and planning, and as a tool to improve governance, transparency, and accountability. By looking at global development frameworks and at examples from around the world, the course will analyze why evidence-based urban development is necessary to make the global goals a reality. An introduction to both theory and practice, the course gives participants an overview of the opportunity in urban data management and prepares them to bring decision-support solutions to their own city or institution.
The course uses case studies to introduce development frameworks, types of decision support systems and pitfalls to implementation, and data sources and indicators. A hands-on workshop will walk participants through each of the steps of the data management cycle, from identifying specific development challenges to disseminating information, taking a real city as model.
Understand the data revolution and how evidence-based urban planning can improve city governance democracy and public engagement.
Approach development frameworks as tools to set local goals and data management priorities including the global Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda as tools.
Gain a grounding in global best practices such as: engaging citizens as data producers; using data platforms as an advocacy tool to rally stakeholders towards shared objectives and adhering to international data standards to make data legible and comparable across systems.
Master the data management cycle, from identifying urban development challenges and creating SMART indicators to implementing information solutions.
Participants: This course is designed for participants with a background in urban development or municipal governance: professionals in city government or urban development (private, public or nonprofit), or academics and students (masters and above).
Prerequisites: This is an introductory level course. Participants should bring an open mind, and an eagerness to learn about data-driven urban development. All participants should bring a laptop computer for the workshop component of the course.
Dr. Agnihotri has an extensive experience in implementation of UN development goals including the MDGs in 140 countries. As the Chief Programme Officer, she has worked with various UN agencies (UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNSD, UNDO, IFAD, international organizations (IGAD, Save the Children, Mercy Corps), and national government (Ivory Coast, India, Sudan) and local government (Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and others) on tools for SDG monitoring. Dr. Agnihotri has experience in providing customized recommendations to international organizations in terms of data management, monitoring and dissemination in various countries. She is a well experienced trainer and has held numerous capacity building workshops and training sessions in 33 countries on use of open data tools for monitoring human development.
Ruchi Varma is an architect and urban development expert who heads OpenCities Institute, leading the effort to design solutions for data-driven sustainable urbanism based on the principles of Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda. She has worked on research, planning and design for sustainable city initiatives in India, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Seoul and Ghana. Through these initiatives, she has also been held numerous training sessions and capacity building workshops with urban professionals, development experts, bureaucrats and city administrators. Ms. Varma has taught sustainable urban design at the postgraduate level and international summer schools at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She is the recipient of the 2017 Integrated Sustainable Development Leadership Fellowship awarded by Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) in India.
Jayati Narain is a sociologist and urban researcher. She focuses on understanding the urban systems that become key players in development and growth debates, approaching these in a context-specific manner through the use of various sources of data and research methods. Jayati’s most recent work has been on policy issues concerning local governance and city planning, with a public policy think-tank based in Kochi, Kerala. She is a 2016 India Urban fellow with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore.
Géraud Bablon works at the intersection of human development and critical spatial design. He contributes to the OpenCities Institute as a programme associate, where he applies his interest in pro-poor policy and programs by helping to develop new processes for evidence-based planning. Previously, Géraud coordinated communications and development for the international nonprofit design studio MASS Design Group in Boston, United States.