Finding, Building, and Retaining Data Expertise in Social Accountability Organizations

By TAI (Role at TAI)


In line with the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI)’s goal of supporting funders to improve the targeting and collective impact of their grant-making, TAI is offering guidance to funders and grantees on what to consider when seeking to build in-house data expertise.

The following note shares insights drawn from social accountability organizations that have hired or are seeking to hire data experts, as well as from the experts themselves, on what has worked well and not so well, and what could have been done better. It outlines the kinds of data expertise available, how to establish and meet internal data needs (whether through inhouse or outsourced data experts or a combination of the two), and once hired, how to set data experts up for success.


So You Want to Hire a Data Person: Pointers on finding, building, and retaining data expertise in social accountability organizations

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