Posts by Martha Staid

How DG Brought a Gender Data Approach to Our Least-Likely Projects — and Beyond

For a long time, gender in development data has been an afterthought. The focus was on the role of data or technology broadly; if gender came up, it was usually in the context of issues that explicitly affected women (maternal health for example.) DG has increasingly sought to prioritize a gender data. By asking “how could we use a gender focus here?,” we have been able to answer a surprisingly broad range of questions. 

July 21, 2020
Tobacco Cessation: Another Tool for Governments Fighting Coronavirus?

As experts scramble to better understand why Covid-19 can impact individual patients so differently, a growing body of evidence suggests that one factor contributing to the severity of the disease is whether the patient is a smoker. Could enhanced tobacco control policies be another tool for governments fighting the virus?

April 9, 2020 Health
International Women’s Day at DG: Our Internal Commitment to Gender Inclusion

This Women's History Month, we will continue to highlight DG’s cross-cutting support of women across our global programs. But in today’s post, we will focus on how we work internally to improve gender balance, support women in the workplace, and aim to do our part in closing the nonprofit leadership gender gap. We will also highlight areas where there is opportunity for us to improve.

March 8, 2019 Global Data Policy
Agile Development in the Age of Adaptive Management

Adaptive management – the idea that development projects should respond to real life complexities and be flexible enough to respond to unforeseen changes – is an often-praised approach to doing development differently, with donors and partners exploring how to apply it within their programming.

February 14, 2019
Beyond Finance and Planning: AIMS Across Sector Ministries

In nearly 15 years of implementing aid management programs, we’ve seen a number of shifts in who uses aid data and how they use it. So we sat up and took notice of this quote from the latest ODI blog post.

February 4, 2019 Aid Management Program
Aid Effectiveness & Management, Program
Security and Privacy in a Data-Driven World

The 2018 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) took place amidst a striking moment in the news – one that has brought data, especially data privacy, into the spotlight. As we transition to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, privacy and data security issues are a priority

May 15, 2018 Data Management Systems and MEL
Mapping Maternal and Neonatal Health Trends: The PREMAND Project

Despite public health progress in many areas, mortality rates for mothers and newborns in low-resource environments remain stubbornly high – even where other health metrics have improved. Understanding why is a high priority...

March 23, 2017
IMS Data Reporting and Visualization: What goes in must come out

Time for some real talk: a data management system is only as good as its reporting tools. It could contain the lost library of Alexandria, but if no one uses it because it’s confusing or difficult, what purpose does it serve?...

February 15, 2017
The Digital NGO: Turn Intent into Action • NetHope Global Summit 2016

This week, DG will be at NetHope’s 2016 Global Summit in Atlanta, where we look forward to discussing how data can be made usable and actionable to drive results. You can find us at the following sessions...

November 7, 2016
How to Build an Information Management System (one hurdle at a time)

The United Nation Development Group’s Information Management System (IMS) is one of the largest software tools DG has ever built. With users on 131 UN Country Teams, the IMS tracks progress toward core UN goals on and coherence in 165 countries and territories....

November 2, 2016