Hi John and all,
Like others who have commented here, I think the Principles, as guidelines, are indeed easy to support and endorse in principle. That is, it is likely that any development organization would agree that the Principles have merit as best practices and should indeed be applied as possible/appropriate. As you say, the more difficult issue is to have supporters not simply say they endorse, but to actually use the Principles and show they are doing so.
Points 1 and 2 mentioned below (authorization and participation in WorkGroup) both make sense. I think the self-assessment does too, but think that clarification will be needed with regard to what one is assessing. You mentioned that this will develop over time, in consultation with endorsing organizations. Questions that arise for me include: Could this self-assessment include stories or blogs on organizational websites describing projects with digital elements that have followed the Principles? Could the self-assessment include a website page that describes the organization’s approach to digital activities and also includes an updated list of activities that have followed the Principles? Would the self-assessment need to be more explicitly an assessment of the organization’s performance in this area? I think that if there is flexibility in what construes a Self-Assessment, it should certainly be doable by those organizations that choose to endorse the Principles.
Regarding the May 27 sessions, unfortunately there is a conflict with the annual Society for International Development conference: http://www.sidw.org/2015-annual-conference-agenda . I, and I’m sure some of my colleagues in this Working Group, will be presenting at the SID event in DC, but I look forward to hearing the results of CRS ICT4D sessions led by Larissa Fast.
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Subject: [ICT4D Principles] [FOR REVIEW]: Principles for Digital Development Draft Endorsement Framework
One of the most common questions we get when discussing or presenting on the Principles is “these are great…how can we endorse?!” Although we’ve always known what we didn’t want endorsement to be–a check box–we never could settle on what a meaningful endorsement should be for an organization.
In an effort to answer this question, and to allow us to expand the number of organizations who formally endorse the Principles, we’ve come up with a draft framework for endorsement that involves three steps:
- Written authorization, provided at an executive level, to include the organization’s name and logo as an endorsing organization;
- Organizational participation in the Principles for Digital Development Working Group, via its email listserv; and
- An annual self-assessment, the results of which endorsing organizations self-publish on their own website or blog.
Our goal was to set the initial bar low while creating a framework, through the self-assessment process, to help organizations reflect on how they are integrating the Principles into their work. Our hope is that the self-assessment process will also help inform the ongoing discussion and add new resources to those hosted on our newly re-designed website: digitalprinciples.orghttp://digitalprinciples.org. The self-assessment step is designed to evolve over time, in consultation with endorsing organizations and as the needs of the community mature and become more clear.
We’d love to get the Working Group’s feedback on both the endorsement and self-assessment framework. If you like it, hate it, have questions about it, or ideas for improving it, please let us know.
We’re hoping to make an announcement about the opportunity to formally endorse the Principles for Digital Development at the upcoming CRS ICT4D conference in Chicago, taking place May 25-29. We will discuss the Principles and the new endorsement framework during the Executive track on May 25.
We also have 2 sessions at the conference during the general track on Wednesday, May 27, at 10:30-11am and 11-11:30am. These sessions will be led by Larissa Fast, a AAAS Fellow with USAID’s Digital Development team. If you plan to attend the conference, it’d be great if you could attend one or both of the sessions on Wednesday and participate in the Q&A.
Thanks in advance for your feedback on the endorsement and self-assessment framework. Feel free to send your comments to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org:email@example.com.
John O’Bryan | Knowledge and Insights Lead
Center for Global Solutions | U.S. Global Development Lab
U.S. Agency for International Development
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