The RD4C Principles
Principles to guide responsible data handling toward saving children’s lives, defending their rights, and helping them fulfill their potential from early childhood through adolescence.
Engaging and informing individuals and groups affected by the use of data for and about children.
Operationalizing responsible data practices and principles by establishing institutional processes, roles, and responsibilities.
Ensuring the needs and expectations of children, their caregivers, and their communities are prioritized by actors handling data for and about them.
Prevention Of Harms Across The Data Life Cycle
Establishing end-to-end data responsibility by assessing risks during the collecting, storing, preparing, sharing, analyzing, and using stages of the data life cycle.
Aligning the breadth of data collection and duration of data retention with the intended purpose.
Protective Of Children’s Rights
Recognizing the distinct rights and requirements for helping children develop to their full potential.
Identifying and specifying why the data is needed and how the intended or potential benefits relate to improving children’s lives.
From our blog
New developments from RD4C.
VideoRD4C Bites: UNICEF Albania
Welcome to the fifth episode of RD4C Bites, our ongoing series of short video interviews in which we highlight lessons and experience from data-focused practitioners on the responsible handling of data of and for children. In this episode we interview Elda Denaj, a Child Rights Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at UNICEF Albania, to hear more about data and data management systems in the context of children’s rights. In the video above, Elda discusses her role at UNICEF Albania, enablers and challenges to responsible data practices in the context of data management systems, and ongoing efforts to continue to promote the responsible use of data of and for children. Key Takeaways: Creating consistent institutional policy and narrative to support data generation and data use can help to enable success. Data management ecosystems designed to prioritize upstream accountability over downstream outcomes can be problematic. Public awareness of, and education on, data is critical to its responsible use. Follow our blog to stay updated on further upcoming RD4C Bites episodes.Read more
VideoRD4C Bites: Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority
Welcome to the fourth episode of RD4C Bites, our ongoing series of short video interviews in which we highlight lessons and experience from data-focused practitioners on the responsible handling of data of and for children. In this episode we hear from Dr. Yousef Al Hammadi, Executive Director of Knowledge and Impact at the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority, an entity of the Abu Dhabi government, to learn about multi-sector collaboration to support children’s early development, health, and general wellbeing. In the video above, Dr. Al Hammadi discusses the mission of the ECA, enablers and challenges to responsible data practices (particularly with regard to administrative data), and ongoing efforts to continue to support responsible use of data of and for children. Key Takeaways: To overcome the prevalence of data silos between sectors, encourage the building of data ecosystems to facilitate the sharing of data between sectors. Data analysis should be fundamentally purpose driven and directly informed by the needs of stakeholders. Strong support for data analytics capabilities on behalf of leadership is crucial to ensuring that data systems, data talent, and overall data technology are effective. Follow our blog to stay updated on further upcoming RD4C Bites episodes.Read more
EventREGISTER: Data Responsibility for Refugee Children (29, 30 and 31 January 2024)
All humanitarian staff work with data in one way or another. The data of refugees must be treated with special care, due to the vulnerabilities associated with being forcibly displaced. Children are some of the most vulnerable of this group, and their data needs to be managed carefully throughout the data management process. For UNICEF, UNHCR, and all other organizations committed to the welfare of refugee children, data is an invaluable resource for informing programming and advocacy. In this context, it is essential for humanitarian practitioners to avoid causing harm by applying the principles of data responsibility and managing data in a safe, ethical and effective manner. From 29 to 31 January 2024, UNICEF and UNHCR and The Governance Lab at New York University (The GovLab) will host three 90-minute webinars to inform humanitarian practitioners around the world of ways they can reinforce data responsibility principles and practices in their daily work. Attendees will learn: The unique vulnerabilities facing refugee children in an increasingly data-driven world; The value of principles-led frameworks such as the IASC Operational Guidance on Data Responsibility in Humanitarian Action and Responsible Data for Children Principles in fostering responsible data activities; How data responsibility principles can be implemented through all stages of the data and information management process; and Scenarios, based on real-world examples, that describe some of the actions humanitarian practitioners can take to realize data responsibility principles and thereby foster the well-being and agency of child refugees. This event will take place at three separate times to accommodate the time zones and schedules of a diverse and international cohort of UNICEF and UNHCR staff, as well as their partners and those interested in responsible data for children more broadly. We encourage you to sign up for one of the following sessions: Session #1: Monday, 29 January 2024, 16:00-17:30, Central European Time (CET) – UTC +01:00 Session #2: Tuesday, 30 January 2024, 14:00-15:30, Central European Time (CET) – UTC +01:00 Session #3: Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 9:30-11:00, Central European Time (CET) – UTC +01:00 Note: The material presented at each session will be the same. Please register for the one session that best meets your time zone or schedule. Each event will be led by The GovLab’s Stefaan Verhulst, with opening and closing remarks from UNICEF and UNHCR. We encourage you to join us for what promises to be an exciting opportunity to expand learning on data responsibility. If you have any questions or have technical difficulty registering, please email us directly at [email protected].Read more
VideoRD4C Bites: IMPACT Initiatives
Welcome to the third episode of RD4C Bites, our ongoing series of short video interviews in which we highlight lessons and experience from data-focused practitioners on the responsible handling of data of and for children. In this episode our team interviews Nayana Das, director of research at IMPACT Initiatives, a Geneva think-and-do tank, to hear more about data-driven decision making and knowledge tools in humanitarian settings. In the video above, Nayana discusses the types of data IMPACT Initiatives handles, the enablers and challenges to responsible data practice, as well as ongoing future efforts to continue to support responsible use of data of and for children. Key Takeaways: Varying levels of data literacy within the sector can present challenges to managing and interpreting data responsibly. Collaborations and partnerships can provide useful and necessary context when designing and implementing data-driven projects. Inclusivity during data-collection can be improved not only by the direct collection of data from populations of concern but also via key partnerships. Follow our blog to stay updated on further upcoming RD4C Bites episodes.Read more
The RD4C initiative is a joint endeavor between UNICEF and The GovLab at New York University to highlight and support best practice in our work; identify challenges and develop practical tools to assist practitioners in evaluating and addressing them; and encourage a broader discussion on actionable principles, insights, and approaches for responsible data management.
The work is intended to address practical considerations across the data lifecycle, including routine data collection and one-off data collections; and compliments work on related topics being addressed by the development community such as guidance on specific data systems and technologies, technical standardization, and digital engagement strategies.
Additional tools and materials are coming soon and will be posted on this website as they become available. Join the conversation to receive regular updates.