Between January-March 2019, CanWaCH circulated a survey to our members, inquiring about challenges, innovations, and uses of data in their practice, research, and decision-making. CanWaCH’s membership of diverse civil-society organizations (CSOs), academic institutions, health professional associations, and others were invited to share details on how they make use of data, as well as to provide examples of data-related successes and opportunities for growth. In response, more than 60 CanWaCH members and partners contributed to this report through an online survey, interviews, and consultation.
A qualitative thematic analysis was conducted, and responses have been grouped together under three themes:
Additionally, the CanWaCH Project Explorer provides valuable aggregate analysis of the scale and scope of Canada’s work in global health and gender equality. With approximately 500 projects currently available for analysis, this digital interactive tool provides up-to-date and detailed information on the scale of Canadian investments and programming in these areas. The Project Explorer captures projects from CanWaCH members and non-members, including Canadian and non-Canadian CSOs, academia, multilateral institutions, bilateral commitments, and private sector actors. Those interested in conducting independent analysis on the available data can access the complete data set on the CanWaCH Project Explorer at any time.
Please note that all data and case studies are self-reported by organizations, and as such sample sizes and organizational experiences will vary. Wherever relevant, sample sizes are noted in the report. In addition, as the Project Explorer is continuously updated with new information, the most recent data will be available online and may differ slightly from the content in this report. We encourage readers to connect directly with CanWaCH, or the organizations listed, for more information on the included projects, and to explore opportunities for collaboration.
This report has been reviewed by a dedicated Editorial Committee, comprised of experts from the CanWaCH Metrics Working Group. They represent granting agencies, academic institutions, and CSOs. These individuals were instrumental in designing the original survey, providing input on the emerging themes, and the reviewing of the report, and we are grateful for their time and contributions.
What is the CanWaCH Metrics Working Group (MWG)?: The MWG is a technical advisory and support group, established to strengthen the capacity and knowledge of the international development and humanitarian sector as relates to global health and gender equality data. Learn more here.