How to use and share data for the public good

Free Online Workshop 📅


Five hundred million tweets. Sixty-five billion WhatsApp messages. More than 290 billion emails. These are just a few of the estimates of the amount of data we produce daily. And these numbers are expected to continue to increase exponentially.

However, using and sharing this data, especially for the public good, presents great potential and risk, including issues of security, privacy, and consent.

That’s why Apolitical is partnering with SDSN TReNDS in support of its Contracts for Data Collaboration initiative on this workshop, where public servants can learn how to share, access, and use data for the public good.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to overcome the challenges of using and sharing data
  • Best practices for sharing, accessing, and using data (including key aspects of data sharing agreements)
  • How to navigate public-private data partnerships
  • Which resources and tools you can use to take your learning further

Who you’ll hear from:

Jessica Espey, Director of SDSN TReNDS and Senior Advisor to UN SDSN. Based in London, Jessica is a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Director of the TReNDS program, SDSN’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics. Her research focuses on how to encourage data and evidence-informed approaches to policy development, including how to support effective, safe, and responsible public-private data partnerships.

Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer, NYU GovLab. Stefaan is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of NYU GovLab, where he is responsible for building a research foundation on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology. His latest scholarship centers on how technology can improve people’s lives and the creation of more effective and collaborative forms of governance.

Omar Seidu, Head, Demographic Statistics and SDGs Coordinator at the Ghana Statistical Service. Omar is a social statistician at the Ghana Statistical Service with over 18 years of combined experience in data collection, data analysis, technical report writing, and dissemination. He is responsible for coordinating data to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana and has significant experience with public-private data partnerships.

Hayden Dahmm, Analyst, SDSN TReNDS. Hayden is an analyst with the SDSN TReNDS. His work involves researching ways that data is being used to advance sustainable development, issues of data governance, as well as the types of investments needed to strengthen modern statistical systems.

Who should watch:

This workshop is for anyone working in or with government, including those from international organisations, civil society and academia, who are interested in hearing about leveraging data for the public good. It’s suitable for any level, from open government novices to subject specialists.

All registrants will receive a recording of the workshop. If you are not yet a member of Apolitical, you will be taken to a signup page that will automatically register you for the workshop.