Across the world, our growing human population and changing climate means our environment needs to be managed carefully and sustainably to ensure everyone benefits equally. Data has a vital role to play in this, as they can be used to develop national development strategies which could help countries meet the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In Kenya, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MENR) spotted the potential of Vital Signs—an environment monitoring tool developed by Conservation International—as something that could help them keep a closer eye on their agriculture, biodiversity and human well-being. So, Conservation International invited us to design a tailored data platform that could do just that, and support their decision making.
We were given just two months to produce a proof-of-concept that would show MENR and other government institutions how easily they could share insights with one another. The success of the project depended upon an intensive week of user interviews, a fast data review, and a rapid design process. It’s our hope that the resulting data dashboard is a seed from which something bigger will grow—inspiring the Kenyan government to adopt a new approach to data sharing and inspiring other governments to put data at the heart of their planning for the future.