We build thoughtful digital tools through an agile, user-centered process, and deliver stable, powerful systems to inform decisions. All our systems are built using open-source, modular components — making them easy to adopt, maintain, and scale.
The DG team implements scalable technologies that intuitively aggregate data and make information accessible. Our builds are based on the DG Toolkit, OC Explorer, or are custom-built. With additional training and hands-on learning, DG creates modern, user-friendly interfaces that ensure system-wide usage.
Beyond Technology for Lasting Change
DG’s open-source data portals are built on an effective foundation. By providing services beyond technology building alone, we address innovation challenges, improve system integration, knowledge sharing, and decision-making outcomes.
Experts in Data Visualization
We work with users to identify the most meaningful way to display complex information – making it more accessible and easier to understand. Our platforms also follow best practices for interactive, responsive, mobile-friendly design.
Advanced Data Analytics
Our systems use high powered analytics and global research to identify corruption profiles, help citizens “follow the money,” and monitor fluctuations in risk. These tools assist governments, citizens, and civil society organizations flag activities for in-depth auditing.
The DG Toolkit, developed internally and continually tested and improved across various projects, is remarkably flexible – both easily customizable and ready-to-launch. Using the DG Toolkit as a customizable ‘base’ from which we will build a system that meets the identified needs and requirements provides a cost-effective, quick way to design a customized system without the cost.
VIFAA was designed to holistically address the supply, demand, and use of fertilizer data at both country and regional levels by developing country dashboards focused in Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana. The publicly available dashboards support decision-making at all levels of the fertilizer supply chain.
We developed an AMP for Uganda in 2014, as an official online database of aid-funded projects and programs. It also acts as a centralized data access point and virtual workspace for the government to manage its resources.
Open contracting aims to publish procurement information in ways that are transparent and accessible. DG’s Open Contracting Explorer is our customizable, streamlined way to do just that – it’s an open source tool for storing, disclosing, and analyzing procurement data.
In January 2014, we began our partnership with Côte d’Ivoire to implement their Aid Management Platform (AMP) supported data use in the country. From the initial implementation, the partnership has grown to have a global impact.
Our research provides context and background needed to lay the groundwork for successful projects or to identify where an investment in data could have the greatest impact.
Our understanding of effective data use is informed by years of implementations and provides context and insights that guide global data policy.