Development Gateway (DG) is proud to launch the Administrative Data-Driven Decisions (AD3) program, supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Through this program, DG will work with governments in East and West Africa to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and use of administrative data systems.
Administrative systems manage data generated from delivering services – education, healthcare, social transfers – to citizens. Governments and the international community increasingly recognize that data from these systems are useful for more “real time” policymaking, by enabling more “real time” monitoring and program adjustment to achieve development goals. Through the AD3 program, we will seek to understand and address barriers that prevent administrative data use.
The two-year program will focus on four countries in East and West Africa, building on DG’s expertise designing and integrating government data systems. We look forward to expanding DG’s regional body of work, which now includes the Data for Youth Services Collaborative and OpenDCH in Côte d’Ivoire, our ongoing Hewlett grant to complete open contracting activities in Senegal and Uganda, and our Results Data Initiative country level work in the health sector in Tanzania.
To achieve the SDGs and “leave no one behind,” building a foundation of administrative data use will be essential. As we move towards 2030 and country governments continue towards their goals, they’ll require strong foundations and rich administrative datasets to meet reporting requirements and measure progress. AD3 will build understanding of specific priorities in each country, and collaborate with government working groups to co-develop solutions to user needs – developing visualizations for decision-making processes, strengthening system interoperability, and supporting data sharing across governments.
Finally, we look forward to bringing lessons learned from AD3 and capture broader programmatic impact, bringing insights to global conversations around how to increase the usefulness and use of data to achieve better outcomes. With timely, reliable, and granular data, we’re building healthy administrative systems – and ultimately, more effective outcomes.
AD3’s data-driven focus aligns with DG’s overarching mission to support the use of data, technology, and evidence to create more effective, open, and engaging institutions. To learn more about our work, visit our website or stay connected with us on Twitter at @DGateway.
As we review our strategy, we plan to share here much of what we’ve learned through programming in more than a dozen countries – from our work and from our excellent partners – about the state of data in agriculture, tobacco control, open contracting, and the extractive industries. For each theme, we’ll explore who are the key data users, the decisions they make, the most important data gaps, and the crucial risks of data (mis)use. Here we share previews from some of our flagship programs.
DG and the Government of Nyandarua County have signed an MOU to create an Open Contracting Portal. This portal will track the Government of Nyandarua’s procurement process, make key data publicly available, and use analytics dashboards in order to learn from ongoing data trends.
DG is pleased to announce the publication of our latest white paper, Designing Data Strategies: A Playbook for Action. This work aims to distill lessons learned from our research and collaboration, designing data strategies with development and humanitarian agencies. In the current ‘data revolution’ era, data and digital are both a strategic asset and a source of institutional risk.