Workshop Structure#

To begin with we will introduce you to the Data Hazard labels and what a workshop would usually look like. This includes the ethos of a workshop, which focusses on the importance of multiple perspectives.

Workshop roles#


  • Probably you!

  • There to run the workshop and help everyone get the most out of it.

  • This involves managing each of the breakout rooms and supporting the discussions.

Audience Members:

  • There to find out more about the projects and provide feedback.

  • Combination of different types of people.

  • Your decision about whether they are ‘experts’ or not (both can be interesting!)
    See more about who to invite in the ‘Identifying your audience’ section.

Project Owners:

  • There to have their project discussed by the audience members.

  • Seeking feedback on an idea or project.
    See more about how to support project owners in the ‘Working with project owners’ section.


We use the following timings for the Data Hazard workshop, it lasts between 90 minutes and 2 hours. The workshops use a version of a technique from social work known as ‘The Reflective Team’. This is designed to help ensure that both the audience and the project owner get an opportunity to speak and listen.

  • 5 mins: Housekeeping

  • 20 mins: Data Hazards intro:

    • what are the data hazard labels?

    • why?

    • case study

  • 45 mins: Project discussion in smaller groups using the reflective team exercise:

    • 5 minute project presentation

      • what’s the project and who is involved?

      • what are it’s aims?

      • what data and methods does it use?

      • what are it’s potential applications (if any)?

    • 1 minute audience thinking time

    • 5 minutes audience asks clarifying questions to the project owner

      • Audience will ask factual questions only, e.g. a good question “What does the training data look like?” A bad question “Do you think your work is biased?”

      • Project owner will answer factually only.

    • 5 minutes filling out form (what hazard labels apply) before discussion

    • 20 minutes discussion (project owner listens without speaking)

    • 2 minutes fill in hazards again

    • 5 minutes: project owner speaks while the audience are quiet, saying:

      • What from the discussion resonated the most with them

      • What resonated least with them

  • 10 mins: (Back in the main room) Collecting feedback and wrapping up.

Workshop Ethos#

We think it’s important that the workshops are run with the following things in mind:

  • Multiplicity of perspectives​

    • Everyone has different lived experiences and as a result different views​

    • These views us to find importance in different places

    • Only by considering a range of perspectives can we thoroughly consider ethics.

  • No ‘wrong’ answers

    • We are aiming to explore potential avenues of interest that might not have occured to the project owner.

  • Aiming to prompt discussion and thought, not to settle on yes/no decisions