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The Results Data Initiative Has Ended, But We’re Still Learning From It

If an organization with an existing culture of learning and adaptation gets lucky, and an innovative funding opportunity appears, the result can be a perfect storm for changing everything. The Results Data Initiative was that perfect storm for DG. RDI confirmed that simply building technology and supplying data is not enough to ensure data is actually used. It also allowed us to test our assumptions and develop new solutions, methodologies & approaches to more effectively implement our work.

July 2, 2020 Strategic Advisory Services
20YearsOfDG, Program, Results Data
A Project’s Afterlife: Distilling Lessons from Project Post-Mortems

At DG, we pride ourselves in being a learning organization – focusing on continuous improvement and knowledge-building. We support this goal through a number of mechanisms, including holding post-mortem meetings at the end of every project. A post-mortem is a common method for project teams to review different perspectives on what went well, challenges faced, and what lessons could improve future projects.

September 30, 2019 Strategic Advisory Services
Aid Effectiveness & Management, Process, Results Data
Incentivizing Data Quality and Use

Data-driven decision-making was considered a positive norm across countries researched during the UNICEF Data for Children pilot process. Ideally, the national data use cycle would consist of: (i) evidence-based planning; (ii) implementing programs according to plans; (iii) monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and reporting; (iv) analyzing data; and (v) making appropriate planning or program adjustments.

March 4, 2019 Strategic Advisory Services
Data Use
Visualizing the Interdependencies between Conflict, Climate Change, and Natural Disasters

How do conflict, climate change, and natural disasters overlap -- and how can policymakers mitigate these challenges? The Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) program...

July 11, 2017 Strategic Advisory Services
Innovation, Open Data