A multi-dimensional index is a useful tool to understand aggregate changes across socioeconomic indicators over time or to make comparisons between geographic areas, allowing decision-makers to target policies and resources where they are most needed. This week-long intensive training prepares urban practitioners to calculate indices from raw data, in order to better measure and understand urban development.
Participants will be given a broad exposure to existing indices and the logic that governs them, using case studies to understand their application in context. They will review key principles of evidence-based decision-making, including indicator selection and data collection, as well as the values that shape the global data ecosystem such as standards for open data and data / metadata exchange.
The core of the course will be a multi-day workshop covering the entire data lifecycle: from data collection, exchange and standardization, to loading datasets into a centralized repository and using a calculation engine to compute a multi-dimensional index and its component parts. Participants will leave the course with expertise in using open-source tools for data management, prepared to turn data into actionable intelligence.
Become familiar with a breadth of urban indices understanding how to apply the principle of comparison to address specific local challenges.
Develop data literacy and understand the data management cycle from collection to analysis and strategizing.
Become familiar with open data principles and international standards for data and metadata exchange.
Learn the open-source data tools to collect and process data across every step of the data management cycle.
Participants / prerequisites: This course is designed for analysts, researchers and quantitative experts with practical experience in urban development or city governance. Participants are required to bring their own laptop computer.
Ruchi Varma is an architect and urban development expert who heads OpenCities Institute, leading the effort to design solutions for data-driven sustainable urbanism based on the principles of Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda. She has worked on research, planning and design for sustainable city initiatives in India, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Seoul and Ghana. Through these initiatives, she has also been held numerous training sessions and capacity building workshops with urban professionals, development experts, bureaucrats and city administrators. Ms. Varma has taught sustainable urban design at the postgraduate level and international summer schools at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She is the recipient of the 2017 Integrated Sustainable Development Leadership Fellowship awarded by Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) in India.
Samip Gupta is a senior trainer and program manager, experienced in designing, implementing, and building human capacity for evidence-based decision-making systems, in dozens of countries across Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Gupta’s work is focused on monitoring national plans and the SDGs, and setting up innovative, open-source platforms for risk-informed development planning and Child Centered Risk Assessment (CCRA). He is adept at assessing data and resource availability, coordinating with governments and donor agencies to develop context-effective solutions and to promote data usage across departments and line ministries. Mr. Gupta is a certified PMP expert and has offered technical trainings over 11 years to varied audiences on data management, ranging in scope from user orientations to detailed administration workshops and Training of Trainer (ToT) programs.
Géraud Bablon works at the intersection of human development and critical spatial design. He contributes to the OpenCities Institute as a programme associate, where he applies his interest in pro-poor policy and programs by helping to develop new processes for evidence-based planning. Previously, Géraud coordinated communications and development for the international nonprofit design studio MASS Design Group in Boston, United States.