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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
UNICEF Strategic Planning of Data for Children
UNICEF Strategic Planning of Data for Children

DG built diagnostics and data action plans for nine country and two regional UNICEF offices. These plans aimed to identify where UNICEF is best-placed to support data for country priorities. DG spoke with nearly 350 stakeholders to better understand the national data ecosystem, its actors, drivers, what creates bottlenecks, and what improves decisions and outcomes.

2018 - Present Advise
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

Read the Latest

An aerial view of Bogotá, Colombia on the cover of the Data Value Project’s white paper. Photo credit- Bergslay:Pixabay.
Challenging Pessimists—and Optimists—to Reimagine Data and Power

Josh Powell and Jenna Slotin reflect on the Data Values Project and building a movement for change in data for development.

May 10, 2022 Global Data Policy
Designing Data Visualizations: Merging Best Practices and Design Thinking

DG has been co-designing data visualizations with partners and stakeholders for over a decade. Thinking about the ways people process information is crucial to developing easy-to-understand data visualizations. In this post, we examine best practices for incorporating user-centered design into our data visualization outputs.

March 3, 2022 Global Data Policy, Strategic Advisory Services
All In Your Business: Talking Data Governance and Privacy at Development Gateway

Our work is at the intersection of open data, technological development, and strategic advising to improve data use. We see growing questions about how we as a global community manage, share, reuse, and store data that is integral to our existing and future work. This blog is the start of a conversation we want to have.

November 2, 2021 Global Data Policy