DSS water and the 510 Data Initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross will be organizing a series of online workshops on WASH in Sphere and WASH Information Management with the aim to broaden the understanding on humanitarian response through preparedness. The first session has the aim to understand how to use the Sphere handbook and its minimum standards, focusing on WASH. The second and third session are on WASH Information Management Basics and how to communicate your data into understandable information. The aim of this series is to give you a sneak-peak into the use of Information Management during your deployment.


The series addresses newcomers, introducing them to Sphere and WASH, as well as experienced specialists who would like to refresh their knowledge through Sphere.

  1. a)         The conducting language of the workshop will be English. Hence, participants are required to have a good command of the English language
  2. b)         A good internet connection is crucial to participate in the assignments

Since it will be a small group of maximum 16 participants, we would really like to encourage all of you to actively participate. If the demand is higher and we are unable to accommodate all requests, the workshops can be given at another date. For this purpose, we encourage you to download the Sphere handbook via the following link:



  1. 18th of June, from 3.00 to 5.30pm (CET) – WASH in Sphere

This session will show you how the Sphere handbook is structured, how general Sphere practices can be applied during humanitarian aid missions and how the Sphere standards and indicators work.

  1. 1st of July, from 3.00 to 5.00pm (CET) – WASH Information Management Basics

The session will provide you the knowledge and skills necessary to understand what data is, what it isn’t and where it is used for. The WASH Information Management training makes use of real-case datasets of previous deployments and practical use-case. The idea is to learn from these best practices and through sharing experiences.

  1. 8th of July, from 3.00 to 5.00pm (CET) – Data visualization

This session will give you insights into the communication of data. Especially in emergency situations, clear visualization of data can be of use in the decision-making process in order to act more efficient and identify the areas of concern.

Please note:

It will not be a technical deep-dive into one of these topics, but more to give you an idea of the possibilities, with real-case examples.

It is not mandatory to participate in all three workshops


If you are interested in joining one, two or all three workshops, please send an e-mail to DSSEvents@rvo.nl by the 11th of June 2021 the latest and indicate which workshops you would like to register for. We will confirm your registration and provide you with the link to the Teams channel afterwards. Experts who are not registered in the DSS water database, are asked to submit a short motivation in their e-mail of registration.

For further questions, kindly find the contact details below:


WASH Information Management Basics

Data visualization


WASH in Sphere