It’s great to see so much discussion and activity within the community in terms of how COVID-19 relates to the IATI standard
Once again, many thanks to the @IATI-techteam for acting so quickly and efficiently to provide initial guidance and support to the community.
We now seem to have a groundswell of activity and action, along with a fair number of challenges and considerations. A lot of these are detailed in Discuss threads, but also in other discussions, webinars and non-digital channels (aka people talking to each other!).
Back in September 2019, at the last Members’ Assembly, the IATI membership endorsed the plan for us to move “beyond the TAG” as our only channel for discussion and deliberation, and into two main vehicles:
Communities of Practice are the fora for practitioners to share, ask, answer and support one another. Ideally, Communities of Practice are run on an open model, with some resource needed to avoid overlap and ensure engagement.
Working Groups are tasked by the Board (maybe at the request of Members) to research, consider, discuss and propose answers to specific challenges we are facing. They are time-bound, have resource to conduct themselves and are accountable. We might consider them to be “technical”, but they also need to speak to, and involve those, that are not so “technical”.
Right now, I can’t see any evidence of WGs or CoP being in existence. Please can someone on the IATI Board provide an update?
And of course, to round off this thread - I think we have a perfect candidate for a Working Group and Community of Practice in terms the challenges COVID-19 is presenting.
Do others agree?