The use of data helps to recover from the pandemic

Feb 19, 2021

The use of data helps to recover from the pandemic

Our Director, Philipp Schönrock, was invited to be the keynote of Day 2 of the Virtual Tableau Summit 2021, organized by our partner Tableau Foundation, which brings together leaders of non-profit organizations around the world to share good practices in the use of data. This year, participants had to answer: how can disaggregated data build a more just world?

For a year now, countries have faced an unprecedented crisis in the social, economic and environmental dimensions. COVID-19 brought with it the urgent need to make good use of data to implement recovery and response plans


Context and objective

Using data to help drive social impact meant rethinking projects to turn them into innovative actions in a couple of weeks. We were pushed back to basics! Now, how can organizations deal with the pandemic? Schönrock points out four elements they can take into account: “1) Evidence to do the best; 2) Transparency; 3) Planning, and 4) Impact to leave no one behind”.


According to Per’s McKinsey report, when the pandemic hit, the digital transformation accelerated from 5 years to 8 weeks, causing a data tsunami which later turned into an infodemic (fake news and misinformation). When things started to get back on track, we  realized that the good use of quality data was essential to enhance the data culture and get the most out of it.


Schönrock highlighted how the use of high quality data helps to face the crisis and drive social impact. Check out these five points:


Find facilitators or partners, for example funders. It is possible to be a promoter when you find the right partners.


Invest in data skills. Software such as Mapbox or Tableau improve the processing of data, information and knowledge for the user.


Build a data community. In addition to partners, civil society is a good multiplier of data because it improves results by increasing its use and replicating information.


Experiment and risk. This can be done through a laboratory of ideas. Artificial intelligence to bring advanced data science and make it friendly for development professionals.


Communicate and transfer knowledge at the local level, to dialogue with different communities.

Thanks to Tableau Foundation for the opportunity to share Cepei´s ideas on how the good use of data helps drive social impact in times of crisis

Philipp Schönrock, Cepei Director


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