Data Responsibility Guidelines October 2021

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Date published
01 Oct 2021
Data, Data standards, Standards

Data responsibility in humanitarian action is the safe, ethical and effective management of personal and non-personal data for operational response. It is a critical issue for the humanitarian system to address and the stakes are high. The OCHA Data Responsibility Guidelines (‘the Guidelines’) offer a set of principles, processes and tools that support data responsibility in OCHA’s work.1 The core audience for the Guidelines is OCHA staff involved in managing data across OCHA’s core functions of coordination, advocacy, policy, humanitarian financing and information management, with a primary focus on the field. The Guidelines are informed by a series of gap analysis studies, research and field testing conducted by OCHA over the past several years.2 This includes extensive piloting of a working draft3 of the Guidelines by OCHA offices in ten different response contexts in 2019 and 2020, with support from the OCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data (‘the Centre’). These pilots informed the revision of the Guidelines for finalization and endorsement in 2021.