ODI Training of Trainers: lessons learned and way forward


Pic: Group Picture of ODI ToT Team

Two weeks ago I attended the Open Data Training of Trainers Course from Nov 26-30, organized by  Data for Development (D4D) in Nepal Program. The program was implemented by Asia Foundation and Development Initiatives and facilitated by Dr. David Tarrant and Mel Normal from the Open Data Institute (ODI) Team. ODI is an international, independent and not-for-profit organization based in London, UK. It works with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem, where people can make better decisions using data and manage any harmful impacts.


This training was the first ODI  ToT training in Nepal, and I am thankful to the D4D team for organizing this. A cohort of 12 individuals, including me, were selected from all partners of the Data for Development Program and members of Nepal’s open data community with a call for nominations. The cohort would be trained to become internationally registered trainers of open data and receive the opportunity for follow-up funding to conduct open data training sessions with their newly gained skills. The training lasted for five days and included materials such as theory (learning cycle, aim, learning outcomes, alignment, learning styles, etc.), developing session plans incorporating  theories learned, and delivering three open data training sessions (two sessions of five minutes each and one final 20 minutes session). The aim of this training was to be a catalyst that helps local experts bring open data to life for their communities and inspire others to get started.


Pic: Post- it notes received after delivering 20 minutes session on

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The entire training was geared toward guiding us to achieve the high standards required of an ODI Registered Trainer. The ODI ToT course had a reputation for being intense which it lived up to. The training was designed to challenge the participants at the right level. In order to complete the course and become an ODI Registered trainer, I had to get a good grasp of the theories, implement them in my session plan and deliver trainings that would match the judging criteria as well. For someone like me, who is not used to learning in such a setting the training was definitely intense. Nevertheless, I learned a lot and managed to meet all the criteria to become an ODI Registered Trainer. And, as a registered trainer, I will be equipped to implement the theories learned and skills developed to design and plan sessions in trainings that we conduct in the future.


After the successful completion of the ToT, I am now required to deliver a minimum of two trainings which we, at KLL, have already begun to plan. As civic engagement is one of our thematic areas, we are centering our training on this theme. We plan to deliver two 2-days long training to about 30 students. The broader goal of this training is to:

  • Increase map literacy
  • Generate Open Geographic Data of the community
  • Develop a better understanding/geographic awareness of community resources
  • Help citizens realize issues within the community through the generated Open Geographic Data

These goals are interdependent and will help us to achieve the bigger aim of enabling citizens to be aware of their civic duties so that they  are engaged and driven to solve problems faced by their community.


The aim and learning outcomes of the training we are planning to deliver in terms of learning from ODI ToT are as follows:

Aim: Enable the participants to generate and understand open geographic data through community mapping, and find and solve problems driven by open geographic data.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of the session a participant will be able to:

  • Describe open geographic data.
  • Identify community resources to map.
  • Produce open geographic data.
  • Apply generated open geographic data to generate insights about community resources.

These two training will be conducted between Jan-May 2019. Kathmandu Living Labs is always looking for active participants to be part of the trainings. If you also want to be part of this or any other training, please get in touch with us via Facebook, Twitter or email (kathmandulivinglabs@gmail.com).


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