Responsible Data – Data Playbook (Beta)

This module is for anyone involved in collecting, using, and sharing data. It aims to answer the question:  How can we protect and use data responsibly? Along with:
  • How might we assure that IFRC’s data practices and policies ‘do no harm’?
  • How might we collect and hold data responsibly and ethically?


A suggested step by step process to achieve learning objectives.

  1. Begin with Data Monologues [SessionPlan 4] to surface experience amongst your participants.
  2. Run the Wheel of Data Misfortune [Exercise 4] to deepen awareness of data protection issues.
  3. Use The Need to Develop a Data Protection Framework [SlideDeck 10] to provide a case study and more information.
  4. Use the Data Simulation [SessionPlan 3] to simulate data-workflows using the Data Responsibility Scenario [Exercise 5].
  5. End with participants filling out the Data and Technology [Checklist 1] to determine an efficient and legitimate data workflow in their own projects.
  6. Distribute the Data Responsibility Policy [Handout 4] to give participants a template for creating a policy in their own organisation.


Pick and choose ingredients to create your own recipe. Do you have an ingredient we’re missing? Send an email to


Short, discrete social learning experiences

Sessions Plans

Longer social learning experiences

  • Data Simulation [SessionPlan 3]. To ‘simulate’ data workflows for various topics where data protection and responsibility will need to be applied.
  • Data Monologues [SessionPlan 4]. Participants share a ‘data project lesson’ or ‘data fail’ to help talk about Responsible Data Use and Data Protection Guidelines.

Distilled information for use as standalone or parts of presentations


For documentation of essential elements of the learning experience


To be distributed to participants for use post-training

Next Steps 

Other relevant modules from the data playbook beta:

  • How do we build data-friendly culture? [Module 2]
  • How do we build data-driven projects? [Module 3]

Further reading resources:

Download the module description (PDF) or download all the resources contained in this module here
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