The development community spends over $2 billion each year collecting data on results indicators, ostensibly to improve development efficiency and effectiveness. But are investments really paying off? And what should the future of results measurement look like?
Over the past year, Development Gateway’s Results Data Initiative has sought to understand the collection and use of results (output and outcome) data at the local level, and to join up donor data at the macro level to better understand our collective impact. Focusing on the health and agriculture sectors, we have spoken with nearly 500 local officials, donors, and implementers in Tanzania, Ghana, and Sri Lanka, and evaluated over a decade’s worth of results indicators from 17 donors.
While many call for higher-quality data, better technology, and greater analytical skills, the development community must also make its results more open, understandable, and actionable. Perhaps most importantly, we have to learn how to create the right incentives for meaningful data use.
Join us on Wednesday, July 13, for a half-day discussion to explore these issues in-depth. We aim to share lessons learned, spur debate, leave with new thoughts on one overarching question: how can we ensure that investments in results indicators actually help people work more effectively?
Digital Public Goods Alliance designated DG’s Open Contracting Portal as a digital public good in September 2022. The Portal provides procurement analytics that can be used to improve procurement efficiency and, in turn, reduce corruption and increase impact.
Representatives from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) will be attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from September 5-9 in Kigali, Rwanda to highlight two projects: the Visualizing Insights on African Agriculture (VIFAA) project and the Farmer-Centric Data Governance Models project.
In Episode 2 of "Data…for What?!," a podcast series from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) which explores our new strategic plan, Josh Powell met with experts from DG and IREX to discuss DG’s expansion into the education, media and disinformation, and youth sectors. The conversations explore the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities for data and technology to positively impact these sectors and discuss how these trends are likely to play out in the years ahead. Based on these trends, the experts explain the unique fit for DG’s skills and specific opportunities for collaboration that align with the vision of DG’s partnership with IREX, which has a long and successful history working in each sector.