[FOR REVIEW]: Principles for Digital Development Draft Endorsement Framework

Hi all,

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:

  1. Written authorization, provided at an executive level, to include the
    organization’s name and logo as an endorsing organization;
  2. Organizational participation in the Principles for Digital
    Development Working Group, via its email listserv; and
  3. 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.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
jobryan@usaid.gov.

Thanks!

John

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Center for Global Solutions | U.S. Global Development Lab

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Hello all,
During the first dot com bubble in 90s I was a member of the Project Management Association (PMA) and their body of knowledge reference (the “PMBOK") was very useful, a result of many years and iterations of work.

So my main question is about goals for this effort… is the bigger picture goal to codify practice into a professional organisation like the PMA? If so then a formal method could be useful along the lines being talked about below. Or is the goal to lead the practice and discussion in this fast ever evolving field?

A good part of me feels it would be more useful looking to the Agile movement, which gathered senior practitioners who drafted a manifesto (similar to the work you all have done so far) and through active promotion & debate spread adoption much more quickly due to its focus on thought leadership more so than formal practice management documentation & accreditation… which was left to various independent branches (SCRUM, Lean, etc.) and independent coaching groups within them, over time to develop their own unique modes of practice development… This feels more alive, engaged, and responsive for a fast changing sub-culture & community of practice, than the PMA institutional approach.

  • Daniel
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On 18 May 2015 at 9:43:28 am, John O’Bryan (jobryan@usaid.gov) wrote:

Hi all,

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.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 jobryan@usaid.gov.

Thanks!

John

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Hi John:

I believe the framework proposed below is reasonable. Any monitoring, reminders, and implementation of consequences for lack of compliance would, of course, require some resources. The following are my thoughts on each step.

Step #1, authorization to use an organization’s logo, legally necessary.
Step #2, participation, can be measured easily, but monitoring, which would probably be annual, will require some resources. Consequences of non-participation could consist of a reminder, followed by removal of an organization from the list of endorsees for lack of response within a given timeframe. Otherwise this provision is on the honor system.
Step #3, annual self-assessment could be self-reported to the site by each endorsee. Monitoring and follow-up reminders would require resources. Consequences could be the same as for Step #2.

Cheers,

-gmc

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··· From: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [mailto:ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of John O'Bryan Sent: Monday, May 18, 2015 9:43 AM To: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com Subject: [ICT4D Principles] [FOR REVIEW]: Principles for Digital Development Draft Endorsement Framework

Hi all,

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:

  1. Written authorization, provided at an executive level, to include the organization’s name and logo as an endorsing organization;
  2. Organizational participation in the Principles for Digital Development Working Group, via its email listserv; and
  3. 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 jobryan@usaid.govmailto:jobryan@usaid.gov.

Thanks!

John

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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Hi John,

To avoid organizations using the endorsement as a marketing tool. Like
consulting companies that do “Open Source” project but contribute next to
nothing back, I’d like to suggest:

  • Page(s) on digitalprinciples.org showing who are the current endorsers
  • Any endorsement used on the endorser’s site must link back to
    digitalprinciples.org showing the endorsement is current.
  • Some demonstration of how the endorsement is valid, like what they have
    contributed to the community and link to the self assessment to their own
    site.

~sanjay

··· On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 9:43 AM, John O'Bryan wrote:

Hi all,

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:

  1. Written authorization, provided at an executive level, to include
    the organization’s name and logo as an endorsing organization;
  2. Organizational participation in the Principles for Digital
    Development Working Group, via its email listserv; and
  3. 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.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
jobryan@usaid.gov.

Thanks!

John

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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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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From: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [mailto:ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of John O’Bryan
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2015 8:43 AM
To: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com
Subject: [ICT4D Principles] [FOR REVIEW]: Principles for Digital Development Draft Endorsement Framework

Hi all,

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:

  1. Written authorization, provided at an executive level, to include the organization’s name and logo as an endorsing organization;
  2. Organizational participation in the Principles for Digital Development Working Group, via its email listserv; and
  3. 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 jobryan@usaid.govmailto:jobryan@usaid.gov.

Thanks!

John

John O’Bryan | Knowledge and Insights Lead

Center for Global Solutions | U.S. Global Development Lab

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Thanks everyone for your very thoughtful remarks. It’s been a lively
conversation over the last week, and we’ve received a lot of great
feedback. Some of the comments we’ve been able to incorporate immediately.
For example, to take into account the fact that there are different sizes
of organizations, the endorsement language has been adjusted to allow for
more flexibility. And we plan to list all endorsing organizations on the
Principles website.

To provide more information on what endorsement means, we’ve created a page
on the Principles website: http://digitalprinciples.org/endorsement/

This initial framework is just a start, and we look forward to future
conversations on whether the current endorsement is fine as is, too
onerous, or should have even more teeth. The self-assessment step is
definitely the least defined, and although we believe we’ve settled on
something that encourages both reflection and a contribution to the
Principles knowledge base, we hope that the Working Group will drive the
evolution of the definition in the year ahead.

Thanks again for all your comments, and I look forward to the ongoing
conversation, both online and at future workshops and events.

Best,

John

··· On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 9:43 AM, John O'Bryan wrote:

Hi all,

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:

  1. Written authorization, provided at an executive level, to include
    the organization’s name and logo as an endorsing organization;
  2. Organizational participation in the Principles for Digital
    Development Working Group, via its email listserv; and
  3. 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.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
jobryan@usaid.gov.

Thanks!

John

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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Hi John -

We are strong supporters of all of the principals (in fact, they basically
mirror our corporate strategy since we started the company 10+ years ago)
and happy to endorse them. I’m not sure what the self-assessment would add
beyond endorsement. Because these principals are very hard to argue with
and very encompassing, I can imagine most companies could say they do these
things if they tried to find a way to say so. As an example, we blogged
about this last year:

http://www.dimagi.com/dimagi-joins-the-greentree-consensus/. Is this the
type of self-assessment you are envisioning?

If the goal is to get the Digital Principals brand out there more by
encouraging people to write-up blogs and self-assessments, that makes sense
to me. If the goal of the self-assessment is to act as a gate, I think
that’s more likely testing whether the communication department has time to
write it up, not whether the organization really embodies the Digital
Principals.

Cheers,
Jonathan

··· On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 8:16 AM, Sanjay Jain wrote:

Hi John,

To avoid organizations using the endorsement as a marketing tool. Like
consulting companies that do “Open Source” project but contribute next to
nothing back, I’d like to suggest:

  • Page(s) on digitalprinciples.org showing who are the current endorsers

  • Any endorsement used on the endorser’s site must link back to
    digitalprinciples.org showing the endorsement is current.

  • Some demonstration of how the endorsement is valid, like what they have
    contributed to the community and link to the self assessment to their own
    site.

~sanjay

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 9:43 AM, John O’Bryan jobryan@usaid.gov wrote:

Hi all,

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:

  1. Written authorization, provided at an executive level, to include
    the organization’s name and logo as an endorsing organization;
  2. Organizational participation in the Principles for Digital
    Development Working Group, via its email listserv; and
  3. 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.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 jobryan@usaid.gov.

Thanks!

John

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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If the point of the endorsement is to show that different entities have
said that these are good principles, then you might want to just make that
very clear on the endorsement page. However, if the point is for the
entities to say also that they themselves have applied the principles to
what they do, then the list might be understood as an implied certification
that an entity is indeed following the principles. I echo the comments of
others here that more steps would be required to ensure that the entities
are following the principles- if this is the goal with the endorsement.
Also, an entity that has signed on to follow the principles at one point
might change the way it does things after a year or two. I’m happy to help
with suggestions about ways to address that, like others here have done.
But, if you want it simple, then for now you might for now limit the
endorsement to the equivalent of a thumbs up.

··· On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 8:16:41 AM UTC-4, sanjay wrote: > > Hi John, > > To avoid organizations using the endorsement as a marketing tool. Like > consulting companies that do "Open Source" project but contribute next to > nothing back, I'd like to suggest: > > - Page(s) on digitalprinciples.org showing who are the current endorsers > > - Any endorsement used on the endorser's site must link back to > digitalprinciples.org showing the endorsement is current. > - Some demonstration of how the endorsement is valid, like what they have > contributed to the community and link to the self assessment to their own > site. > > ~sanjay > > > > On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 9:43 AM, John O'Bryan wrote: > >> Hi all, >> >> 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: >> >> >> 1. Written authorization, provided at an executive level, to include >> the organization's name and logo as an endorsing organization; >> 2. Organizational participation in the Principles for Digital >> Development Working Group, via its email listserv; and >> 3. 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.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 jobryan@usaid.gov. >> >> Thanks! >> >> John >> >> *John O'Bryan* | Knowledge and Insights Lead >> >> Center for Global Solutions | U.S. Global Development Lab >> >> U.S. Agency for International Development >> >> 1.202.216.3711 | Twitter | USAID.gov >> | Newsletter sign-up >> >> -- >> You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups >> "ICT4D Principles" group. >> To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an >> email to ict4d-principles+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. >> To post to this group, send email to ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com. >> For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. >> > > > > -- > Sanjay Jain > Nonprofit Database Specialist > AGH Strategies > (202) 248-6400 phone > (202) 521-1363 fax > aghstrategies.com >

My 2 cents.

I am less interested in people contributing to the community and more interested in organizations following the principles (or at least having a conscientious decision on when not to, on a case by case basis).

This then can be measured – like organization using agile development methods/user centered design or use github/sourceforge/etc for their code base – you are not saying you believe in something, you are actually DOING it.

Siobhan

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From: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [mailto:ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Sanjay Jain
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 8:17 AM
To: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: [ICT4D Principles] [FOR REVIEW]: Principles for Digital Development Draft Endorsement Framework

Hi John,
To avoid organizations using the endorsement as a marketing tool. Like consulting companies that do “Open Source” project but contribute next to nothing back, I’d like to suggest:

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 9:43 AM, John O’Bryan <jobryan@usaid.govmailto:jobryan@usaid.gov> wrote:
Hi all,

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:

  1. Written authorization, provided at an executive level, to include the organization’s name and logo as an endorsing organization;
  2. Organizational participation in the Principles for Digital Development Working Group, via its email listserv; and
  3. 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 jobryan@usaid.govmailto:jobryan@usaid.gov.

Thanks!

John

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Hi all:

I am in agreement with all that have been said here but want to echo
Sanjay’s point on creating some sort of page for current endorsers and way
to demonstrate the relationship/endorsement is valid with contribution of
some sorts.

-Ese
NDLink Manager
PIND Foundation

··· On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 1:16 PM, Sanjay Jain wrote:

Hi John,

To avoid organizations using the endorsement as a marketing tool. Like
consulting companies that do “Open Source” project but contribute next to
nothing back, I’d like to suggest:

  • Page(s) on digitalprinciples.org showing who are the current endorsers

  • Any endorsement used on the endorser’s site must link back to
    digitalprinciples.org showing the endorsement is current.

  • Some demonstration of how the endorsement is valid, like what they have
    contributed to the community and link to the self assessment to their own
    site.

~sanjay

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 9:43 AM, John O’Bryan jobryan@usaid.gov wrote:

Hi all,

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:

  1. Written authorization, provided at an executive level, to include
    the organization’s name and logo as an endorsing organization;
  2. Organizational participation in the Principles for Digital
    Development Working Group, via its email listserv; and
  3. 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.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 jobryan@usaid.gov.

Thanks!

John

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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This process employed by Interaction (the INGO umbrella group in the US) might offer some ideas. I know the initial compliance process is quite time/effort heavy though, but maybe helpful to look at how they have done it and what the pros/cons have been. http://www.interaction.org/members/standards http://www.interaction.org/members/standards

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··· > On May 22, 2015, at 2:11 PM, Ruth Yodaiken wrote: > > If the point of the endorsement is to show that different entities have said that these are good principles, then you might want to just make that very clear on the endorsement page. However, if the point is for the entities to say also that they themselves have applied the principles to what they do, then the list might be understood as an implied certification that an entity is indeed following the principles. I echo the comments of others here that more steps would be required to ensure that the entities are following the principles- if this is the goal with the endorsement. Also, an entity that has signed on to follow the principles at one point might change the way it does things after a year or two. I'm happy to help with suggestions about ways to address that, like others here have done. But, if you want it simple, then for now you might for now limit the endorsement to the equivalent of a thumbs up. > > > > On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 8:16:41 AM UTC-4, sanjay wrote: > Hi John, > > To avoid organizations using the endorsement as a marketing tool. Like consulting companies that do "Open Source" project but contribute next to nothing back, I'd like to suggest: > > - Page(s) on digitalprinciples.org showing who are the current endorsers > - Any endorsement used on the endorser's site must link back to digitalprinciples.org showing the endorsement is current. > - Some demonstration of how the endorsement is valid, like what they have contributed to the community and link to the self assessment to their own site. > > ~sanjay > > > > On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 9:43 AM, John O'Bryan <jobryan@usaid.gov > wrote: > Hi all, > > 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.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 jobryan@usaid.gov . > > Thanks! > > John > > John O'Bryan | Knowledge and Insights Lead > Center for Global Solutions | U.S. Global Development Lab > U.S. Agency for International Development > 1.202.216.3711 | Twitter | USAID.gov | Newsletter sign-up -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "ICT4D Principles" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to ict4d-principles+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com . > To post to this group, send email to ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com . > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout . > > > > -- > Sanjay Jain > Nonprofit Database Specialist > AGH Strategies > (202) 248-6400 <> phone > (202) 521-1363 <> fax > aghstrategies.com > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "ICT4D Principles" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to ict4d-principles+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com . > To post to this group, send email to ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com . > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout .