Today, DG is pleased to announce the publication of our latest white paper, Designing Data Strategies: A Playbook for Action.
In this paper, we have identified six components for the design and operationalization of institutional data strategies: This work aims to distill lessons learned from Development Gateway’s 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.
Strategies should be designed using:
- a holistic approach,
- intentional leadership positioning, and
- a focus on the “right” investments.
Strategies should be operationalized through:
- responsible data practice,
- shared data use practices, and
- an appropriate governance plan.
We are continuously learning from our partners across various agencies, and hope this will be a useful starting point that may be adapted by organizational leaders to drive effective digital and data strategies in their institutional contexts.
Feedback about the approach outlined in this paper is welcome! Continue the conversation on social media using #DataStrategyPlaybook or by tagging @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.
On October 15 at 9:00-10:00AM EST, DG is hosting a conversation on the sidelines of the 2020 Virtual UN World Data Forum, focused on strengthen local data and statistical capacities moving forward.
Through dozens of implementations across a variety of sectors, countries & contexts, DG has seen firsthand what makes data, technology & evidence effective, and what can contribute to dormant systems filled with incomplete and unused data. Based on our history, relationships, and perspectives, we realized that DG had a lot to say.