LD4D will include a series of short-life working groups which is where the real work of the community will happen. At the Rome meeting, participants agreed 3 preliminary working groups to kick-start the process:
- End User Demand Study Group – to help scope the terms of reference for a study to better understand what livestock decision makers in LMICs need from livestock data. This study will identify the end users requirements and will draw on the expertise within the CoP to address these requirements. This study will likely initially be undertaken in Ethiopia and Tanzania. This group will also identify possible consultants to undertake the study.
- Development of the CoP charter – to review and refine the aims, objectives, scope and long term ambitions of the CoP
- CoP website, branding and communications – to help scope out the LD4D website – purpose? target audience? content?
Further more substantive working groups will be formed at the next LD4D Convening scheduled to take place in Edinburgh in late June 2017.