Case Study

Des Chiffres et Des Jeunes (DCDJ) Program

The DCDJ program seeks to improve the data ecosystem in Côte d’Ivoire, increase the supply and demand for data – particularly health data – and to train and support data users.

2018 - Present

Des Chiffres et Des Jeunes (DCDJ) is a program led by Development Gateway (DG) and funded by the MCC-PEPFAR Data Collaboratives for Local Impact (DCLI) Program. DCLI and aims to empower individuals, communities, and organizations, including stakeholders in subnational areas, to use data to improve lives, contribute to ending HIV/AIDS, and help address local development needs and priorities. The DCDJ program aims to bolster the subnational supply and usage of data for citizens of Côte d’Ivoire, engage youth as champions of these services, and fuel innovation to address rising data and information needs.

The DCDJ Program uses several approaches to improving the data ecosystem in Côte d’Ivoire

Fellows Program

DCDJ Training

DCDJ’s mainstay is the Fellowship program, implemented together with local partner SEJEN. Ivorian youth apply to complete an 8-week data science training program at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée d’Abidjan (ENSEA) in Abidjan, then are placed in government organizations, NGOs and, health organizations working on HIV/AIDS to apply their skills. DCDJ has trained 86 Fellows since the first cohort in September 2018.  DCDJ recruits and selects each cohort of Fellows through an in-depth selection process, prioritizing a highly technical , diverse, gender balanced group. Across cohorts, we have implemented the SuperFellows program to streamline management and support, adapted roles iteratively, enabled the Fellows to develop innovative tools that address challenges around data use. To address challenges like retention rates for women, DCDJ highlights mentorship and learning support such as a data science club and strong alumni network that provides continued support with job postings, ways to continue involvement, and networking opportunities. Partnering with local organizations and a strong team of women leaders, DCDJ provided professional development opportunities for Fellows, as well as NGO leaders, mentors, and DCDJ staff. 

Data Fellow: Murielle

After her eight week training, Murielle was placed with the National AIDS Control Program (PNLS) working with both the M&E and the Care and Treatment Departments. After completing an initial assessment, she saw inaccuracies in the data coming from clinics and pharmacies. Murielle visited the reporting sites, and learned that workers were not properly trained, she then provided data quality training multiple sites. She said, “If the data at the bottom of the ladder is broken, it will impact the results at the top.”

Open Data Readiness Assessment

In partnership with SBC4D, we conducted an assessment of the government’s readiness for open data through an Open Data Readiness Assessment (ODRA), which identifies barriers and challenges to open data use. Using the ODRA findings, we developed an action plan to address those barriers and improve the supply of data. We conducted the ODRA in partnership with the Ministry of Planning, and shared findings across several government ministries. Informed by the ODRA our work has focused on Man, Daloa, Boake, San Pedro, and two neighborhoods in Abidjan, and has worked to promote the creation and use of sub-national (local-level) data.

Data Inventory Platform

Launched in May 2020, DCDJ’s Data Inventory was designed to provide an inventory of available local datasets and to connect interested parties to the data owner. DCDJ worked on community outreach to explain the inventory benefits and use, increase awareness, and to train NGOs on how to upload and update metadata on the platform. After launching the platform, training continued to focus on data privacy and anonymizing data. 234 people are now trained on how to access and submit data, and  523 datasets have been collected from 86 organizations across health fields. The Data Inventory is available here.

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The IMS allows for the creation of annual work plans, reporting on progress, and collection of a wide range of indicators tied to the Development Cooperation Office (DCO)’s priority workstreams and goals. It is the main reference and reporting system for all offices working on coordination within the UN and is tailored to enable data to be entered, collected, and analyzed for a global set of users. In addition to streamlining reporting through a centralized web tool, its API consistently populates coordination information to the main UN website, and it serves as the main contact data repository for all UN country offices working on coordination. It is comprised of two data entry modules tailored to separate reporting structures, which then feed into an integrated reporting module. Users can access reports on composite indicators, dashboard comparisons of key metrics across regions, and ad hoc customized spreadsheets. After data are entered into the system it is then validated by UNHQ and used in high-level reports and programming.

IMS Use

The IMS is used across 130+ UN country teams to report on progress for the DCO’s annual data collection process. The data is then validated by UNHQ and used in high-level reports and programming. Within the first reporting cycle, data from the IMS was already being publicly cited by the head of the UNDP and used to drive high-level policy decisions around initiatives including the SDGs. Specifically, UNDG’s IMS data served as the backbone for the results and coordination data contained in the report “Together Possible: Gearing up for the 2030 Agenda.” DG’s adaptive, flexible process has enabled significant ongoing updates, additions, and removals to the IMS’s data collection and management process across six reporting cycles to date. Its set of reporting tools has also been adapted and expanded with changing DCO needs.

“IMS collects the first-ever UN data on ‘country readiness to implement the SDGs’ – including how much and what kind of support countries anticipate needing to ready themselves to implement the SDGs locally.”

Team Leader, Knowledge and Innovation United Nations Development Operations Coordination Office

Results

The UNDG IMS is a time-saving, responsive solution to how data is accessed, extracted, and cross-referenced in each country office. Using an agile development process to make changes, DG prioritizes understanding the IMS user base and the specific needs of each office, creating tools to match diverse data management, reporting, and visualization needs.DG has also supported DCO’s transition from an annual reporting process to a rolling process throughout the year, reducing short-term reporting burden and encouraging active system use. 

The result of the system has been improved coordination and data management; data visualization and analysis, and intuitive data entry. The IMS reporting module allows for user-centered easy visualization of progress toward goals, comparison of performance across countries or regions, and distinguishing characteristics of individual country offices