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Our Expertise: Data Strategy & Policy

Investment in & Incentives for Data Policy

Partner governments, development agencies, and international NGOs often struggle to prioritize investments in data and information systems; incentivize and empower data users; and assess the impact of data in decision-making. However, we thrive answering these questions. They cut across sectors and require institutions to weigh strategic tradeoffs, understand the decision-making landscape, and synthesize evidence to determine where, how, and how much to invest in data. Helping institutions identify barriers to decision making, and finding effective solutions for maximizing the value of their data, is a key focus of our work.

Informed by Implementation

Through years of collaborative technical implementations across the globe, we have seen firsthand what makes data, technology, and evidence effective. Our adaptive and sustainable approach provides a foundation for partners to grow. This perspective supports governments, international organizations, and local leaders to formulate policy, create data strategies, and measure results.

Shaping Data Strategy and Policy

DG’s applied experience gives us valuable policy insights. Our globally-based team understands sectoral and country-specific contexts, our partnership ethos means we are well equipped to ask questions and seek answers, and our implementation approach centers on co-creating flexible, iterative solutions to achieve better outcomes.

Global Data Policy

Learnings from implementing data management systems and providing strategic advisory services are our foundation for global data policy inputs. Through publications, events, and our partnerships with global institutions and multilateral organizations, we provide practical insights that pave the way for sustained global digital and data governance and strategy.

Strategic Advisory Services

Working directly with partners, governments, and institutions, we help organizations to understand their own decision-making processes; the role of data in those processes; and where and how investing in, updating, or changing their internal data use processes can help to achieve institutional goals and priorities.

Data Governance and Data Privacy

We support partners to appropriately manage their data through frameworks, policies, and data governance guidelines. While promoting open data and open-source technologies, we prioritize issues of data privacy around the safe collection, storage, deletion, and sharing of data.

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Data Strategy & Policy Highlights

Open Contracting Support & Training in Bandung, Indonesia
Open Contracting Support & Training in Bandung, Indonesia

Instead of our typical work as a technology builder or implementer, it was that of mentor. DG provided training and coaching to a municipal government development team in Bandung, Indonesia to implement Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) data mapping.

2018 Advise, Build
Data Landscaping & Dashboard for the Millennium Challenge Corporation
Data Landscaping & Dashboard for the Millennium Challenge Corporation

The MCC Data Landscaping pilot helps drive MCC internal decision-making and laid the groundwork for an effective, streamlined data dashboard.

2020 Advise
Measuring Canada’s Feminist International Assistance
Measuring Canada’s Feminist International Assistance

Starting in 2017, DG worked with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to develop the first-of-its-kind Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP). We built a comprehensive M&E work plan, designed to fit within existing frameworks, and calculated pre-FIAP baseline values for 26 indicators.

2017 - 2019 Advise

Read the Latest

How Increasing Trust Can Help to Deliver the 2030 Agenda

The Festival De Datos is here, marking a pivotal moment to assess our journey with data for development. At DG, we've championed leveraging data and tech for a more equitable, sustainable world. But to fulfill this vision, we need to push for a fair data future and establish a culture of trust and cooperation in data use.

November 7, 2023 Global Data Policy
Democratizing Digital or Digitizing Democracy?

The 2023 OGP Summit in Tallinn, Estonia featured a number of discussions centered on open government in the digital age. While the use of digital tools in government is far from a new idea, the COVID-19 pandemic spurred a rapid expansion of this practice, with leaders quickly adapting to remote environments through digitizing government processes

September 19, 2023 Global Data Policy
What We Know So Far: Best Practices in Developing Data Governance Frameworks

Data governance frameworks are essential as data and technology continue to become increasingly central to how governments, institutions, groups, and individuals all interact with one another and among themselves. Here are the best practices DG has learned in creating data governance frameworks so far.

August 18, 2022 Global Data Policy