With the biggest challenges and opportunities for global development concentrated in cities, urban administrators are in a critical position to steer humanity towards a sustainable future. Designed to ground decision-makers in the foundational principles of working with data, the half-day Executive Seminar on Data-Driven Cities with help them advocate for evidence-based management, bringing the data revolution to their cities.
Participants will focus on the SDGs, learning how to use these and other local frameworks as monitoring tools to drive more nimble and effective decision-making. With widely applicable case studies chosen from around the world, the course will help participants anticipate common challenges to collecting and managing data, implementing open data policies, and building local governance processes around these data systems. Designed around real monitoring and data dissemination tools, the seminar will give decision makers a first-hand look at how these are used.
Participants will leave the seminar with a clear vision of the opportunities for decision-support systems to relieve critical bottlenecks in their own cities.
Learn how to use data as a resource for evidence-based decision-making bringing the promise of the data revolution to your city.
Understand how local objectives and global agendas can be structured into a planning framework setting the base for a monitoring and data management strategy with a sense for key opportunities and challenges.
Appreciate the international consensus behind open data as a strategy for improved government efficiency, effectiveness and transparency and to leverage global investments in open data systems.
Participants / prerequisites: This course is designed for senior city administrators, as well as managers involved in public- or private-sector work around urban 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.
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.