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The Data Revolution: What’s Being Said
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As we approach the new year, the data revolution remains a lively topic of conversation. The following list of summaries blogs and articles shows commentaries on how the data revolution has advanced. If we have missed something, please contact us. ​​




16 December 2015

Nicholas Robin, Thilo Klein and Johannes Jütting​ write a paper for PARIS21 titled Public-private partnerships for statistics: Lessons learned, future steps. The authors outline potential benefits of partnerships between official statisticians and private sources of big data...(source)​​​​​​


11 December 2015

Mayra Buvinic and Megan O'Donnell write a blog for the Center of Global Development titled Here's how to really leave no one behind: Improve data collection on women and girls. The authors say that missing data on women and bad data on gender issues must be addressed to achieve a gender data revolution...(source)


10 December 2015

Ntando Makhubu writes an article for IOL titled Data revolution in poverty fight lauded. The article focuses primarily on the potential benefits to opening up scientific research data in Africa...(source)​


1 December 2015

Amanda Zerbe writes an article for Global Daily titled Big data: A key asset for driving climate action. The article discusses the COP21 meetings and the GPSDD. Zerbe highlights ways that data can be used to reach the ambitions of the COP21 meetings...(source​​​)​​​​​


3 December 2015

Samuel Greengard writes a post for Baseline magazine titled A data-driven global sustainability partnership. The article discusses the GPSDD for which "the opportunities are enormous."...(source)​​​​​


3 December 2015

Harpinder Collacott and Tim Wainwright write a blog post for the Guardian titled Poor people living with disabilities are counting on better data for better lives.​ The article says that on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities a data revolution should empower those living with disabilities....(source)​​​​​


23 November 2015

Global Policy Watch publishes a briefing written by Barbara Adams titled SDG indicators and data: Who collects? Who reports? Who benefits?  The briefing focuses on the politics of selecting goals and indicators for the SDGs....(source)​​​​​


23 November 2015

Philippa Garson writes an article for IRIN headlined Unsustainable development goals? Are 222 indicators too many? ​ The article says that more needs to be done to effectively track the Sustainable Development Goals indicators....(source)​​​​​


21 November 2015

The Economist writes an article titled ​Open government data: Out of the box. The article says, "The open-data revolution has not lived up to expectations. But it is only getting started."....(source)​​​​​


18 November 2015

Data-Pop Alliance publishes a blog post by Emmanuel Letouze and Carson Martinez titled Taming the data storm to shape a human-centered data revolution: contextualizing and announcing digitising Europe's stakeholders' dialogues. The post discusses the threats posed to society from the data revolution and the efforts to counteract this trend....(source)​​​​​​


18 November 2015

The Vodafone Institute posts a YouTube video of a debate between Alex Pentland and Andrew Keen on the potential and risks of the data revolution....(source)​​​​​


18 November 2015

Fabrizio Scrollini writes a blog post on the International Open Data Conference website titled Will open data policies contribute to solving development challenges? The post centers on the open data community in Latin America and says that "people, use, and policy" are crucial to the success of the data revolution....(sourc​e)​​​​​


18 November 2015

Wilbrod Ntawiha writes a blog post for Development Initiatives titled Improving African national statistical systems will change lives. In light of African Statistics Day, Ntawiha discusses challenges in official statistics in Africa. He writes, "There is need for a data revolution to sustainably improve data systems for collecting vital statistics, including birth data."...(sourc​e)​​​​​


16 November 2015

Richard Heeks writes a blog post titled Data-X development: What's in a name? Heeks says that the term 'data revolution' is "naive hyperbole to suggest data is going to transform structures."...(source)​​​​​


16 November 2015

Haishan Fu writes a post to the Fin4Dev blog titled A new partnership for data. Fu outlines her hopes for the GPSDD. She says that the World Bank is committed to working with the GPSDD and "kick start a Data Revolution for Development."...(source)​​​​​


16 November 2015

Natasha Agarwal publishes a post at the Web Foundation titled India must do more to see impact of open data. The post discusses her recent brief evaluating India's national open government data platform. Among other findings, she says that India's data revolution will require improvements to physical infrastructure...(source)​​​​​


12 November 2015

Madison Salters writes a post for The Toolbox titled Data is not neutral: Why gender-based statistics don't tell the full story (yet.) The post features a conversation with Emily Courey Pryor of Data2X about the gender data revolution....(sourc​e)​​​​​


9 November 2015

The Center for Global Development publishes a blog post by Mayra Buvinic and Megan O'Donnell titled The sexist data crisis and three ways to start tackling it. The post highlights gender data problems sand says that the problem should be addressed by collecting data on the 20 indicators highlighted by Data2x and Open Data Watch, "get[ting] all hands on deck," and focusing on country-owned planning mechanisms to address data gaps....(source)​​​​​


8 November 2015

Chris Underwood writes a blog post titled OGP: An inclusive 'moment' that counts what counts? Underwood asks questions about the Open Government Partnership and the broader open government community. He questions the value of the data revolution and observes that the data revolution could create a "counter bureaucracy" -focusing on what is quantifiable rather than what matters....(sourc​e)​​​​


6 November 2015

The GPSDD issues a statement indicating that the United Nations Foundation had been selected as its host....(sourc​e)​​​​


5 November 2015

Carlos Lopes writes an article for SciDevNet titled How to secure Africa's data revolution. Lopes writes about the need for financing, openness, and political will to make the data revolution a success in Africa....(sourc​e)​​​​


4 November 2015

Mark Anderson and Kary Stewart post a podcast for the Guardian titled Measuring up: how open data could spur drive to meet global goals. The podcast's interviewees talk about the data revolution within the context of the African Open Data Conference....(source)​​​​


3 November 2015

Kate Anderson writes a blog post for the Brookings Institution called We have SDGs now, but how do we measure them?  The post summarizes the meetings for the Inter-agency Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goals in Bangkok. Anderson recommends that SDG indicators be flexible because the data revolution creates a different set of opportunities for tracking development....(sourc​e)​​​​


2 November 2015

Derek Schwabe writes a blog post for Bread for the World titled Finding women in data on rural hunger.​ Drawing from the Brookings Institution's recent Ending Rural Hunger report and its comments on missing data, Schwabe calls for the data revolution to focus on women and girls, especially in rural areas....(source)​​​​


30 October 2015

Nat Wellington writes a blog post for Development Progress titled The importance of data for fighting poverty in Sierra Leone. The post highlights the data challenges in Sierra Leone including funding and capacity. The post provides recommendations to achieve the data revolution in the country....(sourc​e)​​​​


28 October 2015

Jamie Drummond writes a post at the Huffington Post titled The secret ingredient that could turn a dry UN document into real change for a 15-year-old girl.​ He says that the Sustainable Development Goals should be "transformed into practical local scorecards" for local citizens through the data revolution and open government....(sourc​e)​​​​


27 October 2015

Martin Tisne publishes a post to the Open Government Partnership blog  titled The revolution will be open. Tisne says that data should be open to hold policy makers accountable, to verify and improve the data, and to look at how data are developed. He says, "A data revolution where only the powerful get privileged access to more and better data sounds like the opposite of a revolution to me."...(source)​​​​


27 October 2015

Alicia Barcena publishes a blog post to Huffington Post titled Latin America and the Caribbean depend on open government for sustainable development. The post lists how open government initiatives, including the data revolution, will help Latin American countries reach the SDGs....(source)​​​​


26 October 2015

Danny Sriskandarajah writes an article for the Inter Press Service titled Opinion: People-powered data set to transform dull statistics.​ The ​post talks about the major changes in data, the data revolution, and how they have the potential to change international development...(sourc​e)​​​​


23 October 2015

Duncan Green writes a blog post for Oxfam titled The politics of data - the bit the geeks forget? The post highlights a conversation between Dustin Homer and Green about the problems of data use in development. The article highlights several possible approaches to make the data revolution more relavent for data users....(source)​​​​


22 October 2015

Alex Cobham writes a blog post titled Time for a gendered data revolution. The post highlights the potential to improving gender biases in economic statistics through the SDGs....(source)​​​​


22 October 2015

Joan Hanawi writes a blog post for Huffington Post titled Why quality data matters for the Global Goals. The post highlights the potential of data to improve services in development operations and suggests that more should be done to improve data....(source)​​​​


21 October 2015

The International Open Data Conference publishes a blog post by Bill Anderson titled The Open Data Charter: A breakthrough for joined-up data standards. He writes about the international Open Data Charter which he says "embraces the data revolution" and promotes standards that will facilitate usage....(sourc​e)​​​​


20 October 2015

Forty-six organizations sign a statement titled Data for sustainable development - A statement for World Statistics Day. The statement calls for a data revolution and for greater actions to promote data openness, use, privacy, and technology....(source)​​​​


20 October 2015

John Pullinger writes an article for the Guardian titled Why World Statistics Day is something worth celebrating​. He says that while data are increasingly available, data use and comprehension should be improved....(sourc​e)​​​​


20 October 2015

Development Initiatives publishes a blog by Bill Anderson titled What to do with one and a half billion dollars... The post says that one of the major goals of the data revolution should be to provide sustainable capacity-focused projects. The World Bank's announcement to fund surveys is "short-sighted and unsustainable" according to Anderson....(source)​​​​


20 October 2015

Claire Melamed writes an article for Significance Magazine titled Two years ago, the UN called for a 'data revolution'. How far have we come?​ The article summarizes the history of the data revolution and then says that action is needed to ensure that the data revolution doesn't simply benefit those with the most resources....(source)​​​​


19 October 2015

Tim Herzog writes a post for the World Bank Open Data blog titled Two views on the data revolution. The post says that one view of the data revolution is a "high-level view" focused on standards and best practices and the other is the "ground-level view" in which "data is a high-potential resource waiting to be tapped to address thousands of local opportunities." Both views, he says, are valuable....(source)​​​​


15 October 2015

The World Bank publishes a press release announcing an effort to work with partners to carry out household-level surveys in "the 78 poorest nations" every three years. The report says that project is expected to cost $300 million every three years....(source)​​​​


14 October 2015

Joshua Goldstein writes a blog post titled The data revolution has a software problem. The post discusses the challenges there are to data use in Tanzania and suggests that "modern, flexible web and mobile applications" are needed for the data revolution....(sourc​e)​​​​


13 October 2015

Nancy McGuire Choi writes a blog post for Development Gateway titled Beyond data: Leadership, values, and the data revolution. The article asks "What are the core values and attitudes that should guide Data Revolutionaries?" Choi lists eight values that should be at the center of the data revolution....(sourc​e)​​​​


7 October 2015

Data2X and Open Data Watch publish a paper titled Ready to measure: Twenty indicators for monitoring SDG gender targets. The paper provides recommendations for policy makers to advance a gender data revolution....(source)​​​​


8 October 2015

Johannes Jutting writes a blog post for Huffington Post titled Why the SDGs are dangerous. ​ The article lauds the consultative process of creating the SDGs but argues that much more needs to be done to effectively monitor them....(source)​​​​

8 October 2015

Shaida Badiee and Eric Swanson write a blog post for the Open Data Watch titled Ending poverty needs better data. The article responds the World Bank's latest poverty estimates but points to a recent assessment from the Independent Evaluation Group that points to obstacles in data quality. The article says that the data revolution should include increased resources to improve key indicators such as poverty....(sourc​e)​​


7 October 2015

Jaime Adams writes a post on the USDA blog titled Harnessing the power of global open data. The article highlights how USDA is working with GODAN and the GPSDD to improve data to meet Global Goal 2....(source)​​


7 October 2015

Savita Bailur writes a post for the Centre for Public Impact titled Open data: unlocking development potential in Africa and Asia. The post describes the potential of open data to motivate people to participate in development....(sourc​e)​​


7 October 2015

Claire Melamed writes a post for the Guardian titled Describing poverty is no substitute for producing hard evidence to help end it. ​The article highlights the need for disaggregated, useful data on poverty....(source)​​


October 2015

Martine Durand writes an article for the OECD Observer titled Getting the measure of the Sustainable Development Goals​. The article highlights the need for data to track the Sustainable Development Goals....(source)


5 October 2015

Derval Usher and Vanessa Okoth-Obbo write a blog post for the UN Global Pulse titled Data innovation for policy makers: Conference proceedings. The post is about a meeting in Indonesia called the International Conference on Data Innovation for Policy Makers which addresses issues in the data revolution....(sourc​e)


5 October 2015

Development Initiatives writes a blog post titled Five reasons why ending poverty will be tougher than halving it has been. The post discusses the difficulty of reaching the goal to decrease poverty. The fifth point is that "there is need for a data revolution to sustainably improve data systems."...(sourc​e)


5 October 2015

The World Bank issues a new policy note which changes the international poverty line to $1.90 per day...(source)


2 October 2015

Eric Swanson and Shaida Badiee write a blog post for the Royal Statistics Society blog titled You say you want a data revolution... The post discusses a proposed organization called WorldStat that is meant to monitor data quality and promote the values of the data revolution...(source)


2 October 2015

Greg Satell writes a blog for Forbes titled Has our faith in data been misplaced?​ The article says that as the data revolution has expanded, there have been more questions about it. For instance, there is trouble with replication of research studies, the data can be divorced from context, and we "can't outsource our brains to the cloud."...(sourc​e)


2 October 2015

Anoush Rima Tatevossian writes a blog post for UN Global Pulse announcing a new partnership with Quid, a platform that allows mapping and analysis on topics...(source)


1 October 2015

Citiscope publishes an article by Kanya D'Almeida titled Initiative aims to bolster subnational data as key to measuring SDGs progress. ​​The article discusses the potential of the GPSDD, particularly the expansion of city data, to help achieve development outcomes...(source)


1 October 2015

Nathaniel Heller writes a blog post titled In Search of a more artisanal data revolution​ for the Results for Development blog. ​The blog criticizes the GPSDD as failing to give a data revolution from the bottom-up. He argues that much of the activities the GPSDD is doing are "self-congratulatory"  general efforts that fail to consider the specific needs of people in specific contexts...(sourc​e)

September 2015

Mayra Buvinic and Ruth Levine publish a paper for Data2X titled What is wrong with data on women and girls? ​ The article highlights the importance of addressing bad data and no data for gender-related issues to the data revolution...(source)


28 September 2015

Katie Clancy writes a blog post for the Open Data for Development Network titled Delivering common principles: A global call for adoption of the Open Data Charter as a mechanism for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The post discusses the launch of the Open Data Charter at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27th...(source)


28 September 2015

Amanda Glassman writes a post for the Center for Global Development titled Data for SDGs: Will the Global Partnership deliver for low-income countries?  ​As the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data was formed, Glassman wonders if enough resources are being given to make the data revolution a success. In particular, many of the commitments made at the launch of the GPSDD do not seem to clearly support National Strategies for the Development of Statistics, a valuable resource for sustainable statistical development...(sourc​e)


28 September 2015

Penelope Starr writes a blog post for UN Dispatch titled More & better data for social good​​. The post describes the annual Social Good Summit and the importance of counting and surveying everyone, and improving the use and impact of data...(sourc​e)


28 September 2015

The Guardian publishes a post from Keiko Nowacka titled ​Measuring discrimination will bring the gender equality global goal a step closer. The article looks at the role of the gender data revolution on tracking the Sustainable Development Goals....(source)


25 September 2015

Ruth Levine writes a post on the Hewlett Foundation blog titled ​Friday note: Will the data revolution live up to its name? The blog highlights some ways in which the data revolution may change the way we work, the way we think, and the relationship between the powerless and the powerful​.​​...(sourc​e)


25 September 2015

Joel Gurin, Laura Manley, and Audrey Ariss write a blog post for the World Bank titled Sustainable Development Goals and open data​. The post highlights how open data and the data revolution can add value to each of the Sustainable Development Goals ...(source)


25 September 2015

PARIS21 publishes the PRESS2015 report which tracks levels of international support to development statistics. The report finds that despite the demand related to the data revolution, aid for statistics has decreased.​​...(source)


25 September 2015

The website for the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data goes live. The website says that the group is "a global network of governments, NGOs, and businesses working together to strengthen the inclusivity, trust, and innovation in the way that data is used to address the world's sustainable development efforts."....(source)


24 September 2015

Heather Higginbottom writes a blog post for the Huffington Post titled Unlocking progress with data. She highlights the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data as a key type of partnership being formed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals...(sourc​e)


23 September 2015

President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico publishes a blog at the Huffington Post titled Openness an essential building block for inclusive societies​. President Nieto says, "Working together, open government and their citizens will harness the data revolution for sustainable development.".​​...(source)


23 September 2015

Homi Kharas and Wolfgang Fengler write a post on the Financial Times' beyondbrics blog titled Personalising data for development. ​The authors discuss the range of activities taking place in the data revolution and say that development practitioners will depend on the data revolution to meet future development needs...(sourc​e)


22 September 2015

Development Gateway publishes a blog by Dustin Homer titled The indicators behind the indicators. ​The blog mentions an effort by Development Gateway to improve the quality and use of results data.​​...(source)​​

​​​​​​​​​​As the international community prepares for the UN General Assembly where the Sustainable Development Goals will be officially adopted, there have been several important efforts to build the momentum of the data revolution. We provide summaries of reports, blogs, and articles on the topic of the data revolution below. If we have missed something, please contact us. ​​​







18 September 2015

Jeffery Sachs, Shaida Badiee, Robert Chen, and Enrico Giovannini write an article for Project Syndicate titled ​The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development​. The post highlights the range of issues associated with the data revolution in the context of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly. The authors indicate that the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Global Parnership for Sustainable Development Data will play an active role in improving data for the SDGs....(m​​​o​r​e)​​​​


18 September 2015

Josh Powell writes a blog post on the Development Gateway blog titled Designing a Human-Centered Data Revolution.​ The post draws on insights Development Gateway has gathered as they have worked on issues related to the data revolution. They suggest focusing on 1) Data for what, 2) Data for whom, 3) Understanding data use, 4) Quality, not quantity....(m​​​o​r​e)​​​​

13 September 2015

Muchiri Nyaggah writes a post for the Local Development Research Institute titled Three Imperatives for the Data Revolution in Africa. The post describes the importance of human capital development, the access to information environment, and statistical capacity development for the data revolution in Africa....(m​​​o​r​e)​​


10 September 2015

Jeff O'Malley writes a post for the UNICEF blog about turning data about children into data for children. The article highlights efforts to use new technologies and the data revolution to address issues of importance to children. The post refers to UNICEF's Data for Children Forum....(m​​​o​r​e)​​


10 September 2015

Savita Bailur writes a post for the Centre for Public Impact titled Open data: unlocking development potential in Africa and Asia. The post describes the potential of open data to motivate people to participate in development....(m​​​o​r​e)​​


10 September 2015

Open Nepal publishes a post about the important actors in promoting the data revolution in Nepal....(m​​​o​r​e)​​


9 September 2015

Open Data Watch writes a post titled Stuffed and Unstuffed: A Comment on Chandy & Zhang​. The post responds to the calculations from the Brookings Institution and suggests that more will be required for the data revolution to be a success than was suggested by Chandy and Zhang....(m​​​o​r​e)


8 September 2015

Misha Belkindas writes a post for Open Data Watch titled How well do partnerships for statistics work? The post describes research for studies on partnerships and the need to learn lessons from previous partnerships for the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data....(m​​​o​r​e)


7 September 2015

Bitange Ndemo publishes an article on the Daily Nation about improving data knowledge in East Africa. He discusses the recently completed Africa Open Data Conference in Tanzania and the challenges to the data revolution in Africa....(m​​​o​r​e)


7 September 2015

Katie Nguyen writes a post for Thomson Reuters Foundation titled Wanted: A data revolution to track new U.N. development goals. The article highlights many of the gaps, opportunities, and challenges to better collecting and disseminating data...(m​​​o​r​e)


2 September 2015

The Pulse Lab Kampala publishes a blog post titled Digital Footprints in Africa. ​The post highlights a variety of pilot projects to harness digital data in Uganda...(m​​​o​r​e)


2 September 2015

Sophia Ayele writes a blog post for the Oxfam blog titled A data revolution is underway. Will NGOs miss the boat? ​ The article highlights some of the contributors to the data revolution and highlights the need for greater involvement of NGOs...(m​​​o​r​e)


2 September 2015

Can open data prevent a global food shortage?  This question is posed in an article by Sean Hargrave for the Guardian. The article discusses the work of Godan and says that in order to feed the growing population "The world needs a new agricultural revolution that's going to come through a data revolution."...(m​​​o​r​e)


1 September 2015

Open Data for Development (OD4D) publishes the conference report for the Third International Open Data Conference titled Enabling the Data Revolution. The report highlights key themes that emerged from the conference...(m​​​o​r​e)


1 September 2015

Zach Christensen writes a blog post on the Development Gateway blog titled The SDGs-- What's Your Baseline?  The post highlights gaps in key indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals and argues that a data revolution will be necessary to track progress toward the SDGs...(m​​​o​r​e)

31 August 2015

Laurence Chandy and Christine Zhang write a post titled Stuffing data gaps with dollars: What will it cost to close the data deficit in poor countries? The authors calculated the costs of surveys needed in developing countries and conclude that the global financing gap is "trivially small". The provide recommendations for international organizations...(m​​​o​r​e)


26 August 2015

Joel Gurin, Laura Manley, and Oleg Petrov write a blog post for the World Bank titled ​New Report: How Open Data can drive sustainable development. The blog discusses a new report by the same authors which discusses the benefits of open data as part of the data revolution...(m​​​o​r​e)


25 August 2015

The Oxford Martin School publishes an expression of interest to host WorldStat. WorldStat will be an organization focused on improving the reliability and availability of global statistics...(m​​​o​r​e)


25 August 2015

ISEEED posts an expression of interest to host the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. The hosts of the Global Partnership will play a major role in the success of the data revolution...(m​​​o​r​e)


25 August 2015

Flashy innovation will not fuel the data revolution​ according to an article for SciDevNet by Shannon Kindornay. She says that the data revolution should center on national statistical offices. Furthermore, partnerships, time, and money will be necessary for the data revolution to be successful...(m​​​o​r​e)


25 August 2015

Neil Lawrence writes an article for The Guardian titled How Africa can benefit from the data revolution. The article highlights the potential of various technological advances to advance the data revolution. While many false hopes have centered around Africa in the past, the data revolution can succeed by building up local solutions to problems​.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


20 August 2015

Open MENA publishes a post titled A Data Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa. The post highlights the gaps in data use in MENA and summarizes some thoughts about ways to address them...(m​​​o​r​e)


19 August 2015

Paige Kirby writes a blog post for Development Gateway titled From Goal to Progress: Making the Most of Data. The post discusses the MDGs and SDGs and provides some suggestions to best use data​ in light of the data revolution.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


13 August 2015

Open Data for Development (OD4D) announces the Africa Open Data Collaboration Fund which provides funding for the Africa Open Data Community to advance the African Data Revolution....(m​​​o​r​e)


11 August 2015

The New Times publishes an article by Claude K Migisha with the headline SDGs and the data revolution, where is Rwanda? The article discusses the data revolution and asks how Rwanda can benefit locally from the data revolution...(m​​​o​r​e)


11 August 2015

PARIS21 launches an inventory of innovations as part of its Informing a Data Revolution project. The inventory includes a range of different projects related to the data revolution.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


10 August 2015

Goal 18 posts an article titled The Data Revolution We Need​ to its blog. The post argues that more needs to be done to help monitor the SDGs. The article points to the work done by several organizations to define what can be done to realize the data revolution.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


August 2015

Post-2015 Data Test publishes a new report on Sierra Leone. The report highlights challenges the country faces and existing data gaps...(m​​​o​r​e)


3 August 2015

Innov8tiv Magazine publishes an article titled ​Global Development Community for Accuracy of Data. The article describes a new effort to push for the data revolution in Africa called Accur8Africa which calls for more accurate data and better data in Africa.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


August 2015

Post-2015 Data Test publishes a new report on Sierra Leone. The report highlights challenges the country faces and existing data gaps...(m​​​o​r​e)


31 July 2015

Nnenna Nwakanma writes a blog post for the Web Foundation titled Five ways Addis was different from Doha and Monterrey​. The reasons were: 1) This time, the financing for development conference was held in a low-income country. 2) Civil society was well-organised, and we saw increased participation from the Global South. 3) Data for transparency and measuring development was appreciated. 4) The international community is still failing to make progress on tax evasion. 5) Negotiations went late and fell short of many hopes.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


29 July 2015

The Hewlett Foundation Blog publishes a post titled Five New Resources to Advance the Data Revolution in Global Development. ​The post highlights five recent publications from Open Data Watch 1) The Data Impacts project, 2) Data Revolution FAQs, 3) Partnerships and Financing for Statistics, 4) Aid for Statistics, 5) Data for Development...(m​​​o​r​e)


24 July 2015

Harpinder Collacott writes a blog post for Post2015.org titled Leaving no one behind-- it's all about the data​. The post discusses the need to improve data and provide disaggregated data about people, rather than countries, to fulfill the data revolution.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


23 July 2015

Joe Powell writes a post for the Open Government Partnership blog about the Financing for Development meeting. He touches on several themes including the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. He praises this saying, "A true data revolution requires the hard, often unheralded, work of strengthening national statistics offices, improving access to information commissions, proactive publishing government data sets and ensuring a coherent records management system is in place."​​...(m​​​o​r​e)

23 July 2015

Devex publishes a post by Romilly Greenhill titled From Addis to New York: What does the FFD summit imply for the SDGs?  The article addresses a number of issues, including data, about which it says that "Addis marked a shift in the data revolution conversation from talk to action."​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


23 July 2015

Casey Dunning and Amanda Glassman write a blog post on the Center for Global Development blog titled ​FFD Update: US Delivers on DRM, Verdict Still Out On Data. The post shows that financial commitments to the data revolution are welcome but are inadequate to meet needs.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


22 July 2015

The US Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Center posts the text of an interview with Dr. Daniela Ligiero who discusses the gender equality efforts of the UN Foundation. The interview includes a brief discussion of the the gender data revolution, which Dr. Ligiero says is very important as the Sustainable Development Goals are being developed.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)​​



20 July 2015

The Monkey Cage Blog of the Washington Post publishes a blog by Rohini Pande and Florian Blum about data poverty. The authors argue that data deprivation reduces the ability of countries to address problems. The post discusses data successes and failures in several countries including Denmark, Tanzania, Brazil, and India.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


20 July 2015

Lisa Cornish writes an article for Devex called Data in action: The role of data in humanitarian disasters. ​The ​article discusses the data efforts of several organizations, including World Vision's efforts in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam where data helped inform response to the disaster.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


17 July 2015

Jeff Tyson writes an article for Devex titled Global development's 'data intermediaries' and their critical role post-2015.​ The article suggests that data intermediaries can make data more meaningful for policy makers and, thus, ensure the success of the data revolution....(m​​​o​r​e)


15 July 2015

Inga Vesper writes an article for SciDevNet titled The quest for elusive development data. The article discusses the Third Financing for Development Conference and describes the many data gaps in development data, including information about the conference itself. The report quotes Kenya's president, Uhuru Kenyatta, who says "Data is the only steering wheel that can drive progress on the SDGs.".​​...(m​​​o​r​e)



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The recent Financing for Development Conference was a very important moment in the Data Revolution. Many reports and blogs were written about the need for continued commitment to the cause and other related topics. We provide summaries of reports, blogs, and articles on the topic of the data revolution below. If we have missed something, please contact us. ​


15 July 2015

The Web Foundation writes a blog post titled Web Foundation joins global coalition to tackle the data crisis. ​The post voices the organization's support for the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and describes how some of the initiatives of the Web Foundation work to improve development data.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


15 July 2015

The White House issues a press release titled ​Fact Sheet: Financing for Development -- U.S. Government Development Priorities. The briefing discusses US contributions to Addis and includes a passage on the US contribution to the data revolution.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)



15 July 2015

Eric Swanson publishes a post on the Open Data Watch website titled Many Questions, Many Answers. The post describes some of the big questions about the data revolution. Questions about the data revolution are not abstract; they matter and will influence policy well beyond the Financing for Development Conference. The post highlights Open Data Watch's new Frequently Asked Questions on the Data Revolution.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


15 July 2015

The ONE Campaign publishes a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the data revolution in conjunction with the Financing for Development Conference.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


15 July 2015

Michael Igoe writes a post for Devex titled For #FFD3 success after Addis, the devil is in the data. ​The article quotes several speakers from a side event about the data revolution at the Financing for Development Conference who warned that much more needs to be done to ensure quality data for the post-2015 agenda. The article summarizes the new contributions to the global partnership for sustainable development data which received $3 million from the US and $2 million from the Hewlett Foundation. This partnership was called for in A World That Counts.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


14 July 2015

The US Department of Treasury issues the remarks by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew at the Plenary Session of the Financing for Development Conference. The remarks address a number of US priorities and includes the following passage, "The United States is working to increase the quality of our own development-related data. And we are pleased to be a founding member of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data that is being launched here in Addis Ababa."​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


14 July 2015

David McNair writes a post for the ONE Campaign website titled Why we need a data revolution to drive development. The post describes the reason for a meeting at the Financing for Development Conference where efforts were made to improve civil registration systems, improve data systems more generally, and increase financial transparency.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


14 July 2015

PARIS21 publishes a two-page note for the Financing for Development Conference about the need to finance country-led data revolutions. The note states "small investments can drive big improvements in developing country data performance.".​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


14 July 2015

Bill Anderson writes a blog post for post2015.org titled Financing the data revolution: is anyone up for the challenge? The blog post discusses the FFD conference, outlining the need for data improvements. He then notes that there has been little new money offered to finance the data revolution in the lead up to the FFD. He notes, however, that the data revolution is not a time-bound intervention, and that it is not optional, but will be necessary for sustainable development.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


13 July 2015

Tony Pipa and Daniella Ballou-Aares publish a post on the Guardian titled It's not the size of the data; it's what you do with it that counts. The article says that three objectives are needed to transform the data revolution: 1) Shift our thinking from data as an enabler to data as capital for sustainable development. 2) Strengthen partnerships across public and private actors to solve data gaps and make data-driven government the norm. 3) Mobilize data champions to scale success and lessons learned.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


13 July 2015

Zach Christensen writes a blog post for Open Data Watch titled A Pivotal Moment in Addis Ababa. The blog post discusses a new publication titled ​Data for Development: An Action Plan to Finance the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. The post discusses the need for policymakers to realize the potential of the data revolution: 1) Provide adequate financing for statistics. 2) Enhance and broaden the data instruments and tools for SDG monitoring. 3) Commit to a data revolution, encouraging innovation, while respecting the leadership of national statistical offices.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


13 July 2015

Jose Alonso publishes a blog on the Web Foundation blog titled Governments must get behind Open Data to achieve the SDGs. The post discusses challenges to data within the post-2015 context and acknowledges that the Financing for Development Conference will not provide enough resources for all data needs. However, countries should commit to opening their data, thereby revolutionizing their data systems.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


13 July 2015

The World Bank Statistical Capacity Building program publishes a new page titled Harnessing the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. The page describes the World Bank's efforts to support the data revolution by: 1) Scaling up support for civil registration and vital statistics; 2) Funding to fill key development data gaps for social and economic indicators; 3) Fostering innovations in development data production and use; and 4) Deepening partnerships with other multilateral institutions...(m​​​o​r​e)


13 July 2015

Jamie Drummond writes an article for Devex titled At #FFD3 factivists can and must disrupt development's 'data crisis'. The post discusses the need for better data and the need for a new partnership on development data to recruit "factivists" to help fill data gaps and hold policymakers accountable for their actions​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


12 July 2015

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Open Data Watch publish Data for Development: An Action Plan to Finance the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development​. The publication provides guidance at an international level and on the level of national governments to finance the data revolution. The report highlights data needs, the impact of data, and other information about the potential for data for development​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


10 July 2015

Open Data Watch publishes The Data Revolution FAQs. The report includes 20 questions and answers about the data revolution, including: "What is the Data Revolution?" "Is the Data Revolution just about new technologies and statistical methods?" "What are the risks of the Data Revolution? How can these risks be managed?".​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


9 July 2015

Open Data Watch publishes a report by Bapu Vaitla titled ​Data impacts: How the data revolution is making a difference​. The report provides analysis and policy recommendations related to the 17 case studies published on dataimpacts.org. The report provides several suggestions for increasing impact in the data revolution: 1) Stay the course; 2) Analyze the politics; 3) Build trust; 4) Match needs and competencies; 5) Emphasize data use, not only data generation.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


9 July 2015

The World Bank releases a video titled My Favorite Number: 77 Reasons We Need Poverty Data. The video features World Bank economists discussing the 77 countries that lack data on poverty levels and what should be done to improve data in these countries.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


9 July 2015

Miguel Luengo-Oroz writes a blog post for the UN Global Pulse titled Big Data for Development in Action: The Global Pulse Project Series. The report lists case studies about the data revolution.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


9 July 2015

Jonathan Gray publishes a discussion paper on the Open Knowledge Foundation titled ​Democratising the Data Revolution: A Discussion Paper. The paper asks a broad range of questions about the data revolution on measurement, open data, civil society, and public institutions.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


8 July 2015

Open Data Watch publishes research conducted by a team lead by Bapu Vaitla, titled Data Impacts: Case studies from the data revolution. The research is released as a website highlighting 17 case studies of data use. The cases range from using cell phone data to reduce malaria incidence in Namibia to using pollution data in China to reduce smog to price data s​​haring resources for farmers in Ethiopia.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


8 July 2015

The Royal Statistical Society publishes a post National strategy best when building statistical capacity, says ODI. The post describes the recent report from the Overseas Development Institute analyzing statistical capacity development in South Africa, Mexico, and Pakistan....(m​​​o​r​e)


8 July 2015

Development Initiatives publishes a blog post titled KODI reaches out to data users. The post discusses an event that the Kenya Open Data Initiative held with Development Initiatives and civil society groups. The groups discussed open data issues in Kenya including the data revolution and identified challenges....(m​​​o​r​e)


7 July 2015

The DevPolicy Blog publishes a post by Amanda Watson titled Remote data collection in Papua New Guinea: an aid to policy deliberations. The article discusses the difficulty of data collection in Papua New Guinea and the potential for data to be collected through new methods, such as phone interviews and SMS.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)

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6 July 2015

The United Nations releases The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015. The report discusses progress toward the MDGs and provides some suggestions going forward. The report contains several pages about the need for better data for the post-2015 development agenda.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)​​


2 July 2015

Pat Schied writes What the Data Revolution Looks Like on the Ground ​on the Hewlett Foundation blog. ​The post discusses a group of people in Senegal sharing data about school performance to community members. This example provides a good example of the data revolution at work​​...(m​​​o​r​e)​​


June  2015

PARIS21 publishes an article titled Digital breadcrumbs to measure literacy in Senegal. The report discusses an effort in Senegal to estimate literacy rates using call data records.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)​​


June  2015

Amina Khan, Joseph Wales, and Elizabeth Stuart publish a report for the Overseas Development Institute titled Country priorities for data development: What does history tell us?  The report provides case studies of South Africa, Mexico, and Pakistan. The report explores what role country priorities and donor priorities should play within the context of the data revolution.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)​​


29 June 2015

Open Data Watch publishes a report titled Aid for Statistics: An Inventory of Financial Instruments. The report looks to provide guidance on the financial instruments that can be used to finance the data revolution. It provides detailed descriptions of seven types of funding instruments, and gives information about thirty-one instruments that have been used to finance statistical capacity building.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)​​


29 June 2015

Open Data Watch releases a report titled Partnerships and Financing for Statistics: Lessons Learned from Recent Evaluations. The report looks at evaluations of previous data partnerships and provides guidance for a future partnership for sustainable development data.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)​​​


June 2015

PARIS21 publishes a post titled The data revolution reaching out to Arab countries. ​The post describes an event hosted by the Government of Qatar in which PARIS21 discussed issues for the data revolution in Arab Countries.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)​​

June 2015

PARIS21 publishes a post by the Colombian National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) titled Innovations: Engine of the data revolution in Colombia. ​DANE developed an innovations competition to select new methods for improving its statistical production and dissemination for its 2015-2018 strategic plan.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)​​


25 June 2015

Paul Ladd writes a post at the UNA-UK New World website about securing the people's data revolution. The post discusses the need for more resources and the use of new tools to help countries produce good data on the SDGs.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)​​​


23 June 2015

Eve de la Mothe Karoubi, Jessica Espey, and Guido Schmidt-Traub write a blog post on the post2015.org website about the development of indicators for the SDGs. They offer four lessons learned from the Inter-agency Expert Group on the SDG Indicators: 1) The number of indicators may be difficult to track, so multipurpose indicators could be used to track several targets. 2) Indicators should be picked to complement a global list. 3) Experts should be used from inside and outside the UN system. 4) The IEAG-SDGs should acknowledge the need for capacity building investments to track the indicators.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)​​


June 2015

Ben Kiregyera is interviewed by PARIS21 about his recently published book, The Emerging Data Revolution in Africa. The book, he says, seeks to "reclaim the African narrative and telling Africa's own story about complex statistical development issues in Africa." The interview also touches on financing for statistics, technological tools and statistics in Africa, statistical legislation, and NSDSs.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


22 June 2015

Paul Jasper writes about big data and development for the Guardian Global Development Professionals Network. He provides several issues: 1) You can't always get access to the data when you need it. 2) Data can be used to spy on citizens and discriminate against consumers. 3) Big data on its own doesn't provide valuable insights. 4) Millions of people still have no access to digital technology.​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


18 June 2015

Mor Rubinstein writes a post for the Open Knowledge Blog about the Open Data Index. She says that the organization is seeking input on modifications to the Open Data Index to make it "a civil society audit of the data revolution"​​...(m​​​o​r​e)


17 June 2015

Zain Asher and Chris Borg write a story for CNN titled ​Africa is not going to be left behind or outside the data revolution.​ The story features an interview with Strive Masiyiwa who owns Econet Wireless. The article largely focuses on the growth of mobile data in Africa.​​...(m​​o​r​e)

16 June 2015

Cate Sumner writes a policy paper for the Center for Global Development about increasing birth certification in Indonesia. The paper describes two methods to address the problem: 1) Providing integrated and mobile legal services and 2) Engaging with the health system to increase birth certificates. She finds that these programs are complementary and that the health programs need to do more.​​...(m​​o​r​e)


15 June 2015

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and Brookings host a panel on US priorities for the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa. The second panel, hosted by George Ingram, discussed data for development. The panel included Shaida Badiee and discussed a range of topics about the data revolution, especially with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals.​​...(m​​o​r​e)


14 June 2015

Bill Orme at BluePass writes about the process of formulating the Sustainable Development Goals. The article outlines the heated contention over the goals and the development of possible indicators. The report describes the next steps in the process of formally creating and approving the SDGs and the accompanying indicators​​...(m​​o​r​e)


12 June 2015

The Web Foundation publishes a post summarizing lessons from the International Open Data Conference. One of their observations is that "There is much work to do to ensure that  the 'data revolution' will be an 'open data revolution.'" They point out that there is disagreement about what common goals there should be, what standards are critical, what role national statistical offices should play, and other issues...(m​​o​r​e)​​


11 June 2015

Catalina Escobar writes an article on BeyondAccess.net titled Libraries and Open Data: Lessons from the Cartagena Data Festival. The article makes the case that the data revolution needs to engage more citizen engagement. Libraries have long been hubs of information for communities. As part of the data revolution, libraries should be given resources to become hubs for promoting data literacy...(m​​o​r​e)​​


10 June 2015

Lejla Sadiku writes a post for the UNDP Europe and Central Asia office blog. The post discusses several issues from the International Open Data Conference concerning the data revolution, such as how openness transforms the use and dissemination​​ of data.

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10 June 2015

Marin Tisne writes an article for Tech Crunch titled ​In the Information Debate, Openness and Privacy Are the Same Thing. He says that privacy and openness are not opposing forces; they are "different sides of the same coin - and equally important." At the heart of both the privacy movement and the open movement, is the desire to give citizens more control over the information of their environment. Privacy groups and the open data movement should work together on the data revolution to ensure its success...(m​​o​r​e)​​


9 June 2015

Gail Hurley and Jos Verbeek write for the World Bank Open Data blog about development finance. They argue that more needs to be done to improve data in global comparisons....(m​​o​r​e)


9 June 2015

Yogesh Raj publishes an article for ekantipur.com about the use of data by the Government of Nepal following the earthquake there. The report makes the case that the government must make better use of data​​...(m​​o​r​e)


9 June 2015

The World Bank and partners host the Measurement and Accountability for Results in Health Summit. The summit includes a panel on the data revolution and post-2015 health results. In conjunction with the summit, a Five Point Call to Action is issued. The fourth point is to "Maximize effective use of the data revolution, based on open standards, to improve health facility and community information systems"​​...(m​​o​r​e)


3 June 2015

Elizabeth Stuart evaluates the Sustainable Development Goals Zero Draft in a blog post for the post2015 website titled ​SDG zero draft: glass three-quarters full. She ​​notes two things of particular interest to the data revolution community: 1) The SDGs seem to have a strong focus on measuring progress through disaggregation of indicators to traditionally marginalized groups. 2) The draft seems to only acknowledge data collected by national statistical systems rather than other sources​​...(m​​o​r​e)


2 June 2015

Neeti Pokhriyal, Wen Dong, and Venu Govindaraju describe a project to measure poverty using call data records (CDRs) in Senegal. In a post on the Brookings Institute website, they describe their methodology and suggest that big data could help provide quicker, more disaggregated data than household surveys....(m​​o​r​e)​​


1 June 2015

SciDevNet releases a podcast titled Who are the missing millions?​  The podcast focuses on a report by the Overseas Development Institute by the same title. The podcast looks particularly at the possibility to use technology for data collection....(m​​o​r​e)


1 June 2015

Amy Sweeney publishes an article to Devex titled Improving Ebola response through mobile data.​ The article highlights the use of mobile polling services to understand the effects of Ebola on communities in Africa. The polls also tracked responses to the epidemic...(m​​o​r​e)


May 2015

The Post-2015 Data Test writes a post about a recent study on measuring the Sustainable Development Goals in Turkey. The report highlights a number of challenges that were encountered as researchers sought to collect data on a number of the SDGs. The report finds that some seemingly simple indicators posed significant challenges...(m​​o​r​e)


26 May 2015

Cirenia Chavez Villegas and Emma Samman publish a report for the Overseas Development Institute titled Exclusion in household surveys: Causes, impacts and ways forward. The report identified groups that are systematically excluded in many household surveys and censuses--such as the homeless, the transient, the elderly that are institutionalized, and prisoners. The report provides suggestions such as administrative changes and technological tools to include these groups in surveys...(m​​o​r​e)


26 May 2015

Gail Hurley and Jos Verbeek write a blog post on the Brookings Institution website titled Can the data revolution transform how we finance development? ​​ The post highlights the differences in ​definitions, methods, and sources that make data about development finance difficult to use. This can and should be changed at the Finance for Development conference and with the SDGs...(m​​o​r​e)

26 May 2015

The ONE Campaign publishes The DATA Report 2015: Putting the Poorest First. The report addresses a range of issues but includes a call for a "mutual accountability pact" for the Addis Ababa Conference. Such a pact would include the "[d]elivery of a data revolution to help support a robust accountability framework that sets out clear mechanisms for ensuring that commitments are followed through."...(m​​o​r​e)


25 May 2015

​Thomas Roca writes an article for Devex titled Toward data-driven development: Big improvement or big buzz? He highlights the limitations of big data for development and the need to understand the broader context of big data. Big data, he argues, can help open a dialogue that can be useful to empower people to make change. He paraphrases Bill Easterly saying, "Technology does not solve problems; people do."...(m​​o​r​e)


21 May 2015

​The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) posts an infographic to their blog labeled 10 things to know about the data revolution. The graphic provides data on the need for a data revolution, current efforts being made in data for development, and projections about the future of the movement....(m​​o​r​e)


16 May 2015

The Tony Elumelu Foundation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa issue a press release about a new roadmap to initiate a data revolution for Africa. The roadmap came as the result of a three-day meeting including experts from the World Wide Web Foundation, the United Nations, the African Union Commission, and the African Development Bank....(m​​o​r​e)

16 May 2015

Zara Rahman writes a post titled The data revolution needs more than just big data​. She argues that--contrary to much of the rhetoric surrounding the data revolution--data is not simply a neutral resource to be harnessed by objective users. Rather, it is capable of holding biases and can be used to discriminate and oppress. Deep contextual understanding is needed for the proper use of data....(m​​o​r​e)


16 May 2015

Saferworld releases a blog post by Thomas Wheeler titled Who should measure the Sustainable Development Goals? The article argues that neither NSOs nor third parties should do it alone and that there is a valuable role for both groups​....(m​​o​r​e)


16 May 2015

The Lancet writes an editorial titled CRVS systems: a cornerstone of sustainable development. ​​The article points out that as many as 60% of death and causes of deaths and 35% of births are not registered. Better CRVS systems are needed in addition to data collection efforts by the IHME and WHO​....(m​​o​r​e)


14 May 2015

Bill Anderson writes for the blog of the International Open Data Conference 2015. His post, titled Why we can't take data standards for granted​ discusses the issues that data users face when joining up data from different sources. Standards are needed to break data silos. Additionally, he argues that the problems with data standards. These standards should be addressed by the data revolution​....(m​​o​r​e)

14 May 2015

The UNICEF blog posts an interview with Amina Mohammed, the UN Secretary-General Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning. She discusses the trends in the data revolution that are most promising, threats to the revolution, and UNICEF's role in the data revolution​....(m​​o​r​e)


14 May 2015

Elizabeth Stuart writes a post for Eldis Updates titled Data gaps and development goals--counting the missing millions​. The post highlights some of the data gaps and discusses some ways to create more inclusive statistics through the data revolution....(m​o​r​e)


13 May 2015

The three largest global household survey programs-the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), the Multiple Indicators Cluster Surveys (MICS), and the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)-announce the formation of a new collaborative effort. The effort will meet regularly to share information about the scheduling of surveys, harmonizing survey tools, and seeking methodological advances in household surveys....(m​​o​r​e)


13 May 2015

Daily Development publishes a transcription of an interview with Elizabeth Stuart who recently published the Missing Millions report for ODI. The interview covers topics ranging from the scale of data problems to the power dynamics of the data revolution....(m​o​r​e)

13 May 2015

Alice Hazelton produces a blog for SciDevNet titled 'Missing millions' Could impair SDG monitoring efforts. The article highlights the recent report by the Overseas Development Institute about the symptoms and problems associated with inadequate data in developing countries. The article quotes Shaida Badiee and Claire Melamed on the need for a data revolution....(m​o​r​e)


12 May 2015

Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa writes a book review for the African Development Bank blog titled Are African statistics a tragedy? ​ He reviews Ben Kiregyera's book, The Emerging Data Revolution in Africa-- Strengthening the Statistics, Policy and Decision-making Chain. ​The article argues that Africa is not experiencing a ​​​statistical tragedy but that the data revolution will take place and needs to be fostered by domestic actors....(m​o​r​e)


12 May 2015

Alex Cobham writes an article for DLP titled Uncounted: has the post-2015 data revolution failed already? He makes the case that many statements about the data revolution have framed the issue as a technical issue, when it should be a political issue. People and indicators go uncounted because of political consideration. Until the data revolution takes the issue as a political matter, there will be no meaningful data revolution....(m​o​r​e)


11 May 2015

David Pastor Escuredo and Alfredo Morales write a blog for the UN Global Pulse titled Mobile Phone Data Analysis for Disaster Management. The post discusses analysis of mobile phone data in Tabasco, Mexico during flooding in 2009. They find that the data was able to track movements in the areas with the worst flooding. They suggest that similar analysis could be used for future disasters....(m​o​r​e)


10 May 2015

Carla AbouZhar et al. publish an article for The Lancet titled Towards universal civil registration and vital statistics: the time is now. The authors argue that there is a strong need to develop CRVS systems. They also argue that new technologies cannot replace the need to build the administrative systems necessary to track CRVS....(m​o​r​e)


7 May 2015

Thomas Roca publishes an article to the Agence Francais de Developpement blog titled Can Big Data serve the poorest? ​He discusses the differences between data scientists and traditional official statisticians. Both will have a role to play in tracking the Sustainable Development Goals....(m​o​r​e)


6 May 2015

A draft outcome document of the Financing for Development conference is published. The report calls for improved efforts on a range of development subjects. Two pages are dedicated to improvements in data and monitoring. The report calls for more efforts to create "high-quality, timely and reliable disaggregated data, including by gender."...(m​o​r​e)


6 May 2015

Development Initiatives, the Open Institute, Hivos East Africa, and the Association of Freelance Journalists develop a new hub, Badili, to track the developing narrative of the Data Revolution in Africa. Badili was created as an effort to maintain engagement on the data revolution following the Africa Data Consensus....(m​​o​r​e)






April and early May saw many signficant developments for the Data Revolution. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network released a report estimating the cost of the data revolution; African countries produced a data consensus; PARIS21 provided a roadmap for the data revolution; ODI published a study on millions of people being uncounted; the Cartagena Data Festival took place; and other reports and blogs discussed the data revolution. We provide links to reports, articles, and blog posts below. If we have missed something, please contact us​. ​​​​

























6 May 2015

Jeffrey Sachs writes an op-ed on Project Syndicate about data for development. The article cites the SDSN needs assessment report. He argues that groups should promote data for four purposes: 1) Service delivery; 2) Public management; 3) Accountability and business; 4) Enabling the public to know whether or not a global target has been achieved...(m​o​r​e)


6 May 2015

Kristen Stelljes writes Life After the Cartagena Data Festival -- We'll Never Be the Same on Post2015.org. Her post discusses the main themes of the conference and suggests​ that a World Forum on Sustainable Development Data should be formed to: 1) Make the tent even bigger; 2) Tackle real challenges; 3) Make commitments; 4) Celebrate achievements; 5) Stay connected.

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5  May 2015

Davis Adieno of Development Initiatives writes about working with stakeholders to test ideas of the data revolution in Kenya.

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5  May 2015

Julia Keseru posts on the Sunlight Foundation blog about a new report titled The Social Impact of Open Data​. The report assesses the impact of more than 100 cases of governments opening their data....(m​o​r​e)


5 May 2015

Alex Fischer writes a blog post for the New Security Beat titled Measuring the SDGs: Investments in Mapping, Geospatial Data Collection Critical to Success. The article notes that the SDSN needs assessment report estimates that roughly a quarter of the SDGs require geospatial data. The post describes the efforts needed to develop geospatial data ​for the SDGs....(m​o​r​e)


1 May 2015

Claire Melamed writes on the Development Progress blog about the Cartagena Data Festival. She says the event gathered academics, government officials, civil society groups, international donors, private sector representatives, and journalists together to address data quality and availability for better development outcomes....(m​o​r​e)


1 May 2015

Rachel Quint writes a blog for Post2015.org about the African Data Consensus. The post highlights four takeaways from the meetings for the African Data Consensus: 1) The African Data Consensus is revolutionary in its framing of the Data Revolution for better decision-making and better development outcomes; 2) Demand-driven data is a major priority; 3) The role of National Statistical offices (NSOs) is a complicated and political issue, and there are significant opportunities for development if they can modernize; 4) The Data Revolution should (and can) be led from the Global South....(m​o​r​e)


30 April 2015

AidData publishes a report titled ​Marketplace of Ideas for Policy Change.  The report is a survey of 6,750 policymakers in 126 countries on what influences policy change. The report notes that the World Bank's Bulletin Board for Statistical Capacity Building is particularly influential. The authors find this is “noteworthy in light of recent calls for a data revolution to support the post-2015 sustainable development goals.”....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


30 April 2015

Eric Swanson (ODW) and Rebecca Furst-Nichols (Data2x) publish a blog post titled Data Disaggregation: Like the Layers of a Pyramid. The post suggests that providing gender-disaggregated data should follow the shape of a pyramid with the census and CRVS at the base....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


30 April 2015

Sarah Lucas writes a blog for Post2015.org titled April 2015: ​​Five Headlines from a Big Month for the Data Revolution. ​​The post highlights five April 2015 Data Revolutions Headlines related to the Africa Data Consensus, the SDSN needs assessment report, the ODI's Missing Millions report, PARIS21's Roadmap, and the Cartagena Data Festival....(m​o​r​e)​​​​

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30 April 2015

Alan Stanley post a blog for the Institute of Development Studies about the data revolution and the Cartagena Data Festival. The article discusses the challenges of getting data to be used equally around the world....(m​o​r​e)


29 April 2015

The UN ESCAP publishes a Draft Discussion Paper on the Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development. The paper draws on the SDSN report estimating the costs of monitoring the SDGs and produces parallel estimates for Asia and the Pacific...(m​o​r​e)​​​​


28 April 2015

Jenna Slotin publishes a blog post on the UN Foundation website. The post mentions the need for international development to harness the power of the information age in preparation for the post-2015 agenda. Better data will lead to better outcomes.

...(m​o​r​e)​​​​


28 April 2015

Pippa Norris publishes an article in The Washington Post about the possibility of using public opinion polls to track the SDGs. While traditional official statistics will always be necessary, good surveys such as the World Values Survey can help contribute to the data revolution....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


27 April 2015

PassBlue publishes an article by Maurizio Guerrero about the data revolution and the SDGs. The report focuses on big data and the interaction of private and public data users for development....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


27 April 2015

Suchit Leesa-Nguansuk writes an article in the Bangkok Post about an effort by the ICT Ministry of Thailand to make access to open government data a constitutional right....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


25 April 2015

Morten Jerven posts a blog post titled A Reading List for the Data Revolution. The blog post highlights several books about the (mis)use of statistics everywhere from Apartheid South Africa to 1930s Germany. He also recommends books on the risks of a technical, expert-centered view of international development....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


24 April 2015

Jamison Crowell and Ryan Flynn post a blog for the International Budget Partnership about open budgets and the data revolution. The post argues that budget numbers are not enough: governments need to provide descriptions of why a budget is divided the way it is. While governments have rich data on budgets, these data are rarely made public....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


24 April 2015

Amy VanderZanden published an article for Humanosphere​ about problems in gender data. The article discusses the recently released report ​No Celings: The Full Participation Report which looks at gender inequality statistics. One of the key points of the report is that gender data need considerable improvements....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


23 April 2015

Devex publishes an article by Kelli Rogers titled Traditional vs. citizen-generated data: Is it a case of either-or?​  The post discusses the ongoing conversations about the role of big data and official statistics in international development....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


23 April 2015

Devex publishes a YouTube video about the Cartagena Data Festival. The video discusses a number of issues related to the data revolution, such as big data, official statistics, citizen engagement, and other issues....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


22 April 2015

Alicia Philips Mandaville writes a blog post for Post2015.org titled ​What Gwyneth Paltrow can teach us about the data revolution. The post describes the failed efforts of Gwyneth Paltrow to live on the $29 per week allocated for SNAP welfare benefits in the US. Paltrow failed because she was unwilling to change the types of food she bought. Similarly, people interested in data in developing countries need to adjust their data preferences to match local circumstances....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


21 April 2015

Morten Jerven publishes a blog post titled What did we learn ​from measuring the costs of monitoring the SDGs? He discusses the UN SDSN needs assessment report and provides 5 lessons: 1) The [budget] numbers are soft. Very soft. 2) Annual disaggregated statistics on all indicators are not feasible. 3) Want open data? Start with the costs of data. 4) The bottleneck is not funding, but capacity. 5) Looking like a donor versus looking like a state. We note that the principle author the report, Jessica Espey, provides some clarifying points in the comments section....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


21 April 2015

Tom Berliner writes a blog post for Development Progress about Myanmar's first census in 30 years. The post discusses the obstacles faced including a pencil shortage, a truckload of documents catching fire, difficulty of reaching remote communities, and ethnic tensions and conflict zones. The blog notes that the data revolution is about far more than mobile phones and big data....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


21 April 2015

Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva writes a blog post for Oxfam titled ​Is a data revolution under way, and if so, who will benefit? The post discusses the ODI report on the missing millions and the data revolution. The post suggests that while the data revolution can't and won't solve all development problems, it can solve some problems....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


20 April 2015

PARIS21 publishes A Road Map for a Country-led Data Revolution. The report touches on opportunities and challenges for the data revolution. It discusses three big ideas: 1) Increase funding for statistics; 2) Create data compacts; 3) Produces progress reports...(m​o​r​e)​​​​


20 April 2015

Johannes Jutting publishes a post on the OECD Insights blog about PARIS21's new report A Road Map for a Country-led Data Revolution. The post emphasizes the need for increased effort to enable countries to collect data for the SDGs....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


20 April 2015

Gavin Jackson publishes an article in the Financial Times about ODI's report on the 'missing millions'. The article highlights the problems with data across a range of sectors and suggests possible areas for improvement....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


20 April 2015

PARIS21 publishes a YouTube video about their road map for a country-led data revolution....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


20 April 2015

The New York Times publishes an article by James Glanz asking if big data is a big economic dud. The article points out that while companies are increasingly using big data, there haven't been clear economic effects. It may be that big data has not triggered economic growth because it is used to "cannibalize existing businesses" rather than to create new opportunities. Others argue that the benefits of big data are still to come...(m​o​r​e)​​​​


17 April 2015

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Open Data Watch, and other partners publish ​Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development. The detailed report analyzes the costs of tools necessary to collect data for the SDGs in 77 of lowest-income countries in the world. The report estimates that approximately $1 billion per year will be required to finance the tools necessary to track the SDGs. If 50 percent of the cost are paid domestically, this would require donors to provide approximately $200 million more per year than they are currently believed to be financing....(m​or​e)


17 April 2015

Open Data Watch publishes a post about a new report from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) titled Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Building.​ The report was written by a large team and estimates that $1 billion a year  will be required to finance improvements for statistics in 77 of the lowest-income countries in the world. Open Data Watch and the SDSN published an accompanying policy note....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


17 April 2015

Amanda Glassman writes a blog post for the Center for Global Development titled Springtime for the Data Revolution. The post discusses the SDSN needs assessment report, makes the case for increased financing for data, and argues that new tools, such as data compacts, can ensure value for money....(m​or​e)


17 April 2015

Norman Shamas and Samita Thapa publish a post about for Tech Change on gender data. They argue that there needs to be more and better data about gender. Additionally, data collection protocols should provide more freedom for non-binary gender options. India, for instance, recently allowed the gender 'other' to be added to election ballots....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


16 April 2015

UNECLAC publishes an op-ed in the Curacao Chronicle about the data revolution. The report says that the challenge of the data revolution is to encourage the state, the market, and society to use data for the common good....(m​o​r​e)​​​​

16 April 2015

Mo Ibrahim writes for The Financial Times titled The extreme poverty of data. The article ​highlights the need for improvements in data and calls for three interventions: 1) Increase resources for national statistical institutions; 2) Harness big data; 3) Produce high quality, open data....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


15 April 2015

The Overseas Development Institute publishes a report titled ​The data revolution: finding the missing millions. The report highlights gaps in data collection and provides recommendations to improve the timeliness, quality, and coverage of data.

...(m​o​r​e)​​​​


15 April 2015

Bitange Ndemo publishes an op-ed for Business Daily​ about data and innovation. The article discusses the potential of the data revolution in Africa while underscoring the constraints national statistical offices face....(m​o​r​e)​​​​


14 April 2015

Travis Korte publishes a blog post for Data Innovation about Data2x. The report highlights the efforts of Data2x to improve gender data by: 1) Improving data gathering and processing; 2) Focusing on women's labor; 3) Working on big data and gender....(m​o​r​e)​​​


14 April 2015

In a blog post, Morten Jerven reacts  to tweets by Claire Melamed and Open Data Watch that question his article in African Arguments criticizing ​A World That Counts. He argues that the report's central claim is that everything can (and should) be counted and known. He suggests that this is a fundamental flaw in the report....(m​o​r​e)​​​


13 April 2015

Claire Melamed publishes a post on the Global Dashboard making a case for the Global Partnership on Development Data. She identifies three things a partnership could do: 1) Share knowledge; 2) Promote shared standards; 3) Promote data sharing. Such a partnership could ensure that something lasting comes from current excitement about data....(m​o​r​e)​​​


13 April 2015

William Gerry publishes a post on the Open Data Institute blog about the African Data Consensus. The post celebrates, in particular, the commitment to the principle of "open by default"....(m​o​r​e)​​​


13 April 2015

Michael Igoe publishes an article on Devex titled ​When good data is hard to get. The article discusses new efforts to provide data about two communities in Kenya that have largely been uncounted....(m​o​r​e)​​

13 April 2015

SciDevNet publishes an article by Natasha Gilbert headlined Call for joint funding to enhance African Statistics​The article discusses the Center for Global Development event on April 6, highlighting the need for increasing levels of aid for statistical capacity building....(m​o​r​e)​​


10 April 2015

Development Initiatives publishes a news item titled African leaders take hold of the Data Revolution. ​The post highlights the draft resolution of the UNECA and AU on Africa's Data Revolution....(m​o​r​e)


9 April 2015

The UN News Centre writes about a study by the UN Global Pulse and the World Food Programme about the potential of big data for development. The article suggests that mobile phone data could replace traditional data collection instruments, saving money, time, and lives.....(m​o​r​e)


8 April 2015

Morten Jerven writes a blog post for African Arguments titled Big Questions for Big Data and what it can do for African Economic Development. ​Prof. Jerven provides more criticisms of the "hubris" he sees in the UN Data Revolution report. He also discusses the considerable challenges to using big data for development outcomes....(m​o​r​e)


8 April 2015

Moses Sitati writes a blog for Policy Innovations titled The Smartification of Humanitarian Response. ​The post highlights the potential for data to improve humanitarian response....(m​o​r​e)


7 April 2015

Lauren Post posts a blog for the Center for Global Development titled Moving from Rhetoric to Action to Improve Statistical Data in Africa. ​The post highlights conclusions from the event at the Center for Global Development held the day before. In particular, the post highlights a pledge from the IMF to encourage countries to provide data in a more timely manner....(m​o​r​e)


7 April 2015

PARIS21 publishes PARIS21 IDR seminar - Participants support data compact while calling for more definition​. The post describes a meeting hosted by PARIS21 during the UN Statstical Commission meetings on the data revolution....(m​or​e)


6 April 2015

Saferworld publishes a report titled Measuring peace from 2015: An indicator framework at work. The report discusses the development of indicators for SDG Goal 16. The report notes that "[t]hird parties will be crucial actors in the data revolution for sustainable development."...(m​or​e)


6 April 2015

The Center for Global Development hosts an event titled ​Statistical Tragedy in Africa? Evaluation the Data Base for African Economic Development. The ​event was a launch of a special issue of the Journal of Development Studies. The keynote

speakers were Yemi Kale and Morten Jerven. Video of the event is available...(m​or​e)​​​


The data revolution has picked up pace in February and March, driven by discussions about the post-2015 development agenda. Lists of post-2015 indictors were proposed and reports about funding the post-2015 goals were published, and many blogs and conferences focuses on moving the data revolution from theory to reality. We provide links to reports, articles, and blog posts below. If we have missed something, please contact us​

2 April 2015

Savita Bailur writes a post on the World Wide Web Foundation blog titled ​Data for Africa, by Africa: Rebooting Open Data and the High Level Conference on the Data Revolution. The post summarizes the activities during the Data Revolution in Africa conference in Addis Ababa. One major outcome was the African Data Consensus which, the blog notes, includes a statement that official statistics should be open by default....(m​or​e)


1 April 2015

Amanda Glassman and Lauren Post write a post on the Center for Global Development blog titled ​Fueling the Data Revolution: An African Data Consensus. They discuss the recently published African Data Consensus praising it for its focus on national statistical offices but note that it did not account for misaligned incentives for data collection. They also note that it does not fully grapple with the role of donors in African statistics....(m​or​e)


1 April 2015

Bitange Ndemo writes an article for Ghana Business Daily titled ​Are we ready for a data revolution?  ​The article lauds the potential of big data to improve lives but argues that Africa's movement towards big data is hampered by fear of non-official statistics. Africa needs to embrace the data revolution​....(m​or​e)


31 March 2015

Rural21 publishes a blog post titled Sustainable development Goals: Monitoring progress on agriculture and rural development. ​The post gives several principles for creating successful SDG indicators and calls for a data revolution in agricultural statistics. The data revolution should provide better information about trends in poverty, land use, food systems, and so forth.​...(m​or​e)


31 March 2015

Joshua Muskin blogs on the Brookings' Education Plus Development blog. A World That Counts​ succeeds, he says, in many ways but notes that many revolutions have derailed and worsened the plight of those meant to benefit. To have more data interpreted better by policy makers is much easier than producing data  that are useful to teachers, parents, and students​.

...(m​or​e)


March 2015

Saferworld publishes a briefing titled Measuring Peace from 2015: An Indicator Framework at Work. The briefing focuses on SDG Goal 16, discussing potential indicators and methods of monitoring and evaluation....(m​or​e)


30 March 2015

Chris Underwood blogs about the Africa Data Revolution conference. He says that he was particularly impressed by the focus on real constraints, rather than utopian technological fixes. He then adds an update saying that the final statement has too much focus on the state as opposed to other actors....(m​or​e)


29 March 2015

Open Data Watch publishes an article titled Modernizing NSDS to Open Data. ​ The article discusses a new research program geared to understanding what National Strategies for the Development of Statistics include with respect to the data revolution and openness. The program will highlight practical ways to mainstream openness and data revolutionary principles in these documents....(m​or​e)


27 March 2015

The East African publishes an article titled Tanzania passes new draconian data law. ​ The article discusses a bill passed by the Parliament of Tanzania that seems to provide stiff penalties--including jail time--for publishing anything other than official statistics....(m​or​e)


27 March 2015

New Business Ethiopia publishes an article titled A meeting about African data opens in Addis Ababa. ​ The article highlights efforts in several domains, particularly those related to finance and rights....(m​or​e)


26 March 2015

Elizabeth Dodds (Open Aid Partnership) and Josh Powell (Development Gateway) publish a blog post on the AidData website titled ​Financing the Future 2015: Some hits and misses on the future of development finance. The post provides feedback on the Zero Draft of the Financing for Development document. One of the misses they identify is a lack of strong support for the data revolution, citing the costing research of SDSN, they suggest that much more attention should be paid to this issue...(m​or​e)


26 March 2015

The Open Data Institute publishes a post by Anna Scott and William Gerry titled Talkin' 'bout a (data) revolution: Day 1 in Addis. ​ The post discusses the data revolution in Africa meeting and argues that without open data, the data revolution will fail....(m​or​e)


March 2015

PARIS21 updates its guidelines for National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDSs) to include a section on post-2015 data and the data revolution​....(m​or​e)


26 March 2015

Markets for Good publishes a post by Bill Anderson titled Adventures in the Data Revolution: What Revolution? ​ The post tries to assess whether the rhetoric about the data revolution is more about publicity than substance. Anderson argues that after learning that district-level data don't really exist for maternal mortality in Uganda, a revolution is needed. To make people count, they must be counted, so a data revolution must take place....(m​or​e)

23 March 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies launches a $100 million Data for Health initiative in a partnership with the CDC Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, Union North America and the University of Melbourne. The money is designed to improve the quality of data on health around the world....(m​or​e)


19 March 2015

Development Initiatives publishes a blog post ​titled Counting People to Make People Count​​. The post highlights a preliminary draft of a paper written with PARIS21, the Web Foundation, and Statistics South Africa in preparation for the African Data Revolution meeting....(m​or​e)


19 March 2015

Development Gateway publishes a blog post by Benjamin Arancibia ​titled A Data Revolution from the Inside Out​​. The post argues that in order to be prepared for the data revolution, there needs to be a much deeper level of knowledge about data science.

...(m​or​e)


19 March 2015

Saferworld publishes a blog post by Thomas Wheeler and Craig Fagan​​ ​titled Measuring Development: The importance of  statistics on the post-2015 road to a better world. ​ The post discusses key dimensions to consider with regards to Goal 16: "peaceful and inclusive societies, justice for all, and open and accountable government institutions". The authors note that there is an important role for actors outside the government to play in the development of indicators for this goals.​...(m​or​e)​​​​​



16 March 2015

The UN publishes the zero draft of the 3rd Financing for Development conference titled A global framework for financing sustainable development. ​The document makes no direct reference to the data revolution, it call for substantial improvements in the transparency of development finance and says: "Greater transparency can be achieved by publishing timely, comprehensive and forward-looking information on development activities in an independent, standardized, open, electronic format. We will learn from and strengthen existing initiatives and open data standards. A focus on data and statistical systems at the country level will be especially important in order to strengthen domestic capacity and accountability. Targeted support will be needed for this effort."....(m​or​e)


16 March 2015

SciDevNet publishes a post by Andrea Rinaldi ​titled Data gaps make malnutrition too easy to ignore​​. The article suggests that in several states, malnutrition data is inadequate and needs to be revolutionized....(m​or​e)


16 March 2015

Transparency International publishes a post by Craign Fagan ​titled Measuring development: Why statistics matter​. ​He makes the case for a bigger role in the civil society sector....(m​or​e)


13 March 2015

Emily Courey Pryor publishes a post on the UN Foundation blog titled Gender Data is Key to Building the World We Want. ​She discusses the work of Data2x, specifically highlighting the need for better CRVS systems among other data gaps....(m​or​e)


12 March 2015

Roberto Bissio publishes a blog post on the Social Watch blog titled Statistics for the SDGs: The Devil Is in the Indicators. ​The post examines some of the proposed SDG targets, highlighting the challenges in developing practical indicators....(m​or​e)


10 March 2015

The UN Development Group Silo Fighters blog publishes a post by Cathal Elder​​ titled Malawi: Making best use of real-time data. The post draws on insights from the UN office in Malawi's experience developing a real-time program monitoring framework....(m​or​e)


10 March 2015

Development Gateway publishes comments from Nancy McGuire Choi​​ titled A Call to Do More with Data. The post develops 4 key points: 1) Collecting data sounds easy, but in practice, has many dimensions. 2) In the fervor to create, liberate, and improve the supply of data, let's never forget: Open data for whom? Open data for what? 3) ​​The US government is doubling down on investments to advance the open data agenda. 4) We are in the midst of a major culture change....(m​or​e)


10 March 2015

Markets for Good publishes an article by Bernard Sabiti and Bill Anderson titled Adventures in the Data Revolution: When the Data Tells No Story. The article describes finding unexpected correlations in exam scores in education that only made sense within a broader context, not taken on their face value...(m​or​e)


9 March 2015

Development Initiatives publishes a blog post by Bibhusan Bista titled Making open data work for the community. The post highlights ways for open data to be more useful in Nepal...(m​or​e)


9 March 2015

Bill Orme writes a blog post for Pass Blue titled Will Statisticians Get the Last Word on the UN's New Development Goals?  The post argues that there are too many SDG goals and targets but too little political will to reduce the number of indicators so the real negotiations center on the statisticians deciding the indcators for the SDGs...(m​or​e)​​


6 March 2015

The Journal of Development Studies publishes the online version of a special issue titled Statistical Tragedy in Africa? Evaluating the Data Base for African Economic Development​. The journal has articles engaging in a number of different points about data quality in Africa. Few of the articles are later released as open access​....(m​or​e)


6 March 2015

PARIS21 a short video on Youtube titled Less than 1%. The video argues that less than 1% of ODA goes to statistical capacity so it's time for a data revolution....(m​or​e)


5 March 2015

Diana Hinova publishes a post on the One Young World blog titled What doesn't get counted doesn't count. The article highlights gaps in data on domestic violence and calls for a gender revolution....(m​or​e)​​


5 March 2015

Voice of America publishes an article by Lizabeth Paulat titled Uganda's 'Right to Know' Data Revolution. The article describes efforts to increase access to information and to make data more accessible in Uganda....(m​or​e)


4 March 2015

The World Economic Forum hosts a workshop in Barcelona, Spain on the Local Data Revolution. A summary of the report is published. The summary highlights the need to have human-centered design at the center of innovation. Some comments made suggested that while technology can create new opportunities, people must use the data and put it to use for it to have any impact...(m​or​e)


4 March 2015

Jonah Busch publishes a blog post on the Center for Global Development website titled Disruptive Data Disputes Documentation of Deforestation. The article describes two competing narratives about deforestation in the tropics; one from official statistics suggested deforestation was declining, while another based on satellite data found an increase in deforestation....(m​or​e)


4 March 2015

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network publishes a blog post about a side event at the UNSC meeting titled UN Workshop Side Event on a Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring. The post highlights some of the comments from the UNSC report....(m​or​e)


3-5​ March 2015

The 46th UN Statistical Commission meeting is held in New York with the theme Better Data, Better Lives. ​The meeting addressed a few issues related to the data revolution, including an assessment of the feasibility of 304 indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals....(m​or​e)


3 March 2015

Kieron Mahony writes a series a post on the UK's Government Statistical Service blog titled Live from New York: Better Lives, Better Data.  The post highlights thoughts from the UNSC meeting, including several thoughts about the data revolution....(m​or​e)


3 March 2015

The Education for All features a post titled How will higher education be integrated in the post 2015 education and development agenda?  The post discusses the need for the SDGs to address higher education....(m​or​e)


3 March 2015

PARIS21 releases a youtube video called The Vital Count - Civil Registration and Vital Statistics. The video features discussions about CRVS in several countries....(m​or​e)


2 March 2015

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs blog post titled Securing better data for better lives. The post discusses the UN Statistical Commission meeting, highlighting the role of national statistical systems in the SDGs and the data revolution

...(m​or​e)


27 February 2015

Sylvia Beagles publishes a blog post on the Help Age blog titled A post-2015 framework for all ages. ​The post highlights the need for better data on issues across all age groups, particularly older age groups...(m​or​e)


26 February 2015

Markets for Good publishes an article by Bernard Sabiti and Bill Anderson titled Adventures in the Data Revolution: Collecting Ugandan Data. The article describes an effort to assess education data in rural Uganda. The post highlights the challenges of collecting data, including an offer from a district official to drive 60 Km to send an email. The authors conclude that having data is not the beginning of the data revolution; it is an important component of the story...(m​or​e)​​

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26​ February 2015

UN Dispatch publishes a podcast episode titled ​What We Know About What We Don't Know About  Development. It begins with an interview with Morten Jerven and then continues with someone who is doing something about the problem of data in development, Myra Buvinich of Data2X....(m​or​e)​​​

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25​ February 2015

Bill Anderson publishes a blog post on the Development Initiatives website titled ​Some Thoughts on the Data Revolution in Uganda. The article aims to provide insights on how the theories of the data revolution compare to the experiences in the specific context of Uganda....(m​or​e)​​​


24​ February 2015

Nathaniel Heller publishes a blog post on the Results for Development website titled ​Can the Data Revolution Save Traditional Aid Agencies?  The article discusses the potential of the data revolution to provide better information about what activities are actually in demand in developing countries to "traditional" donors....(m​or​e)​​​


20​ February 2015

Jonathan Gray publishes an article on the Guardian website titled ​Five Ways Open Data Can Boost Democracy Around the World. The list provided examples of open data being used for the following purposes: 1) Fairer taxes 2) Protecting the Public Purse 3) Controlling Corporate Lobbyists 4) Fighting Pollution 5) Holding Politicians to Account....(m​or​e)​​​


19​ February 2015

The Economist publishes a letter to the editor from Johannes Jutting at PARIS21. The letter criticizes an article about Bjorn Lomborg and Morten Jerven's recent estimates of the cost of monitoring the SDGs. Jerven's methods greatly exaggerates the likely costs of monitoring the SDGs....(m​or​e)​​​


18​ February 2015

Elias Radelius publishes a summary of a 6 February meeting on the Openaid Sweden website titled ​Why All Actors Should Join the Data Revolution. The meeting highlighted several major themes including the need for country-led efforts and the potential of the Global Pulse project....(m​or​e)​​​​


18​ February 2015

Elizabeth Sabet and co-authors publish a blog post on the World Bank Data website titled ​Big Data needs better questions. The post discusses a recent publication titled ​Big Data in Action for Development.  The report draws on use cases of big data for development and highlights that data don't speak for themselves; users must begin with a question and then turn to data for answers....(mor​e)​​​


18​ February 2015

Mariana Dahan publishes a blog post on the World Bank website titled ​Towards a World That Counts: An ID for Every Woman and Every Child​. The post discusses an event titled Data2X and the Gender Data Revolution which focused on the problems associated with gender data and the need for identification for all women and children...(mor​e)​​​ Video of the event can be found here


17 February 2015

Josh Powell publishes a post on the Development Gateway blog titled ​Launching a Geospatial Data Revolution.  The post highlights three major challenges in launching a geospatial data revolution: 1) Matching Data to Government Needs 2) Equipping countries with data, tools, and skills and 3) Shifting from a culture of data reporting to a culture of data use....(m​or​e)​​​​​​


14​ February 2015

The Financial Express​ publishes an article written by Abdul Bayes ​No Accurate Statistics Yet on Rural Economy. The statement highlights existing gaps in agricultural statistics in Bangladesh. The author laments the quality of statistics in the area and argues that more should be done to improve them...(mor​e)​​​


February 2015

The World Health Organization's Pacific Technical Support website​ publishes an article titled ​Getting Everyone in the Picture by 2024: Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in the Pacific. The statement highlights existing gaps in agricultural statistics in Bangladesh. The author laments the quality of statistics in the area and argues that more should be done to improve them

...(mor​e)​​​


13 February 2015

The ECDPM publishes an article titled ​Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Conflict and Emergencies: Will the Momentum Be Used to Address the Right Challenges?  The article highlights the Third Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration and discusses, broadly, the movement to improve civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS). Efforts to improve CRVS are within the broader data revolution and should address the political obstacles to improvement​...(mor​e)​​​​


12​ February 2015

The African Herald Express​ publishes a press release on the Open Data Institute's recent white paper on open data in Nigeria. The document highlights the current status of open data, some use cases from around the world and provides recommendations for the future....(mor​e)​​​


12​ February 2015

Leigh Philips writes an article on the Road to Paris website about the Sustainable Development Goals. The article focuses, in particular, on a recent report from the International Council for Science and the International Social Science Council on the proposed SDGs. The authors find significant problems with the measurability and value of many of the proposed indicators, among other issues....(mor​e)​​


12​ February 2015

The Open Data Institute publishes a white paper titled Supporting sustainable development with open data. The paper highlights several cases of open data being used in development and suggests ways to use open data in the post-2015 context in light of the data revolution....(mor​e)


12​ February 2015

The Pakistan Data Portal publishes a blog post titled Challenges for the data revolution in Pakistan. The post discusses some of the technical problems with education data published in Pakistan, including comparability, validity, missing entries, timeliness and nomenclature....(mor​e)


11​ February 2015

Josh Powell publishes a blog post on the Development Gateway website titled Staging a Geospatial Data Revolution. The post describes the current state of geospatial data, particularly for development finance data within the context of the data revolution....(mor​e)


​9 February 2015 ​ An article was published on the AidData website titledThis week: Unlocking old problems with new tools. The article looks at gender imbalance data in different countries and analyzes the reasons for the imbalances. The article argues that the data revolution can't solve all problems but can provide important insights for solving them....(mor​e)


4 February 2015

The University of the Western Cape publishes a summary of an event held on the data revolution titled The data revolution and sustainable development for all.  The event included speakers from the IEAG group, such as Enrico Giovannini and Pali Lehola....(mor​e)


2 February 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes an article titled Big Data. Big Obstacles.  The article highlights the potential of big data from social media and other sources being used to improve social science research. The authors call for government agencies to provide more data to researchers and argue that big data should be seen as compliments to official statistics.

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2 February 2015

Lee Mwiti writes an article in the Mail and Guardian Africa titled Let's face it folks, Africa is flying data blind, but a big revolution may be coming.  The article discusses the ​problems in African statistics and expressed optimism that the Data Revolution could lead to improved statistics....(mor​e)


December and January have been busy months for data revolutionaries. Several critiques were published of the IEAG's report, A World That Counts. There was significant attention on the need for a gender data revolution. Other topics included the challenge of having a country-led data revolution and the need to finance the data revolution. We have published links to the reports, articles and blog posts related to these topics below. If we have missed something, please contact us​. ​


2 February 2015

Sarah Lucas publishes a blog post on Post2015.org titled Financing the Data Revolution--Elements for Success. The post flags the Financing For Development (FFD) conference as a key opportunity to finance the data revolution. Lucas outlines 4 essential ingredients for financing the data revolution and 3 essential ingredients to make the FFD a success for the data revolution....(mor​e)


​31 January 2015 ​ An article was published on the Italy at the UN website titled Post-2015: Italy@UN, Data Revolution is good practice for financing development. The article expresses Italy's support for financing data for the post-2015 period and support for the IEAG....(mor​e)


30 January 2015

Claire Melamed and Grant Cameron publish a blog post on the Guardian Global Development Pros website titled How to fund the data revolution.  The post highlights the need to fund different streams of the data revolution....(mor​e)


29 January 2015

Development Gateway publishes a blog post titled Fostering a "Data Culture".  The blog talks about how to develop a data-driven culture as a pre-requisite to having a data revolution....(mor​e)


25 January 2015

The World Economic Forum publishes a report titled Data-Driven Development: Pathways for Progress. The report builds on the IEAG report and highlights problems and opportunities to develop the data revolution....(mor​e)  ​​​​​


24 January 2015

Kathy Sullivan publishes a post on the World Economic Forum blog titled How big data from space helps life on earth.  The post primarily focuses on the potential for geospatial climate data to benefit society....(mor​e)  ​​​​


21 January 2015

Florian Kratke publishes a post on the Post2015.org blog titled Whither a revolution? Three observations in response to the Roadmap for a Country-led Data Revolution.  The post asserts: 1) Official data and statistics are as political as they are technical. 2) Data and statistics availability are not likely to be the "watershed for improved statistical capacity and policymaking in developing countries." 3) "A revolution is -- and should be -- an iterative exercise."...(mor​e)  ​​​​


20 January 2015

Claire Melamed and Grant Cameron publish a post on the Post2015.org blog titled Funding the revolution.  The post discusses four new funding streams needed for the data revolution: 1) Funding for official statistics 2) Funding for innovation 3) Funding for data literacy and use 4) Funding for partnership and leadership....(mor​e)  ​​​


16 January 2015

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network published a draft of its report Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a data revolution for the SDGs.  The document analyzes the indicators to be used in the Sustainable Development Goals and provides a framework for monitoring them....(mor​e)  ​​​


16 January 2015

Grant Cameron publishes a blog post on the World Bank Data blog titled Next step for the Data Revolution: financing emerging priorities.  The post highlights three priority areas for financing for which draft reports have been created: Data innovation, public-private partnerships for data, and data literacy and promotion of data use. The post invites comments from readers....(mor​e)  ​​​


15-16 January 2015

The United Nations Statistical Division and the Statistical Office of the European Communities host the Global Conference on a Transformative Agenda for Official Statistics in New York. The discussions cover many issues related to the data revolution. Thanks to UNSD, presentations and papers are available for download....(mor​e)  ​​​


15 January 2015

George Ingram publishes a post on the Brookings blog titled QDDR II: Bring U.S. Foreign Aid Into The Data Revolution.  The post discusses the Millennium Challenge Corporation, PEPFAR and the data revolution in light of  the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review....(mor​e)  ​​​​


15 January 2015

Jamie Drummond of the One Organization, publishes an article on Devex titled 2015: It's time activists unite to hold leaders accountable. The article refers to the action/2015 movement to hold leaders accountable for their performance. He particularly focuses on data as a tool for accountability arguing that citizens must "Demand the data!"...(mor​e)  ​​​


13 January 2015

SciDev.net publishes an article titled Single SDG targets are impractical and unrealistic. The article talks about the Sustainable Development Goals and the data revolution. They suggest that there should be continuous feedback and citizen participation in measuring the SDGs....(mor​e)  ​​


12 January 2015

Jeune Afrique publishes an article titled L'Afrique a-t-elle entamé sa révolution open data? The article gives an overview of the open data movement in Africa....(mor​e)  ​​


8 January 2015

Restless Development publishes a blog post titled The Data Revolution: Our recommendations. The post provides recommendations for the data revolution. It says, "At the heart of [our] recommendations is the belief that people, not data, lead revolutions." They provide seven specific recommendations for acheiving this goal for the data revolution....(mor​e)  ​​


7 January 2015

Tim Davies publishes a blog post on Medium.com titled Data Revolutions: Bottom-Up Participation or Top-Down Control?  The post highlights cases where data may have empowered the powerful rather than the rest of society....(mor​e)  ​


6 January 2015

Trevor Fletcher publishes a blog post on th​e Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation titled  Co-operating on innovation to make the data revolution happen.  The post dicsusses PARIS21's Informing a Data Revolution project which looks at country-level challenges and explores new technological tools for data collection....(mor​e)  ​


30 December 2014

The Peninsula Newspaper publishes an article Qatar prepares for mid-term census.  The article discusses some of the improvements planned for Qatar in line with the IEAG data revolution recommendations....(mor​e)  ​


19 December 2014

Maura Pally from the Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton publishes an article in Forbes titled Why Data Matters.  The post highlights the need for better gender data to make better policies for women and girls...(mor​e)  ​

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18 December 2014

Louisa Dennison publishes a blog post for Development Initiatives titled A data revolution in Nepal - starting the conversation.  The post highlights a range of questions related to implementing the data revolution on the ground and describes several meetings held to explore those questions....(mor​e)  ​


17 December 2014

Morten Jerven publishes another blog  post titled The problem with the data revolution in four Venn Diagrams.  The post again critiques the definitions of terms, the lack of politics, and the 'hubris' he sees in A World That Counts....(mor​e)  ​


16 December 2014

Development Gateway publishes a blog post titled Lessons from Nepal: Getting government data to everyone else​​.  The post highlights ways to publish and share ​​data with stakeholders outside the government....(mor​e)  ​


16 December 2014

Newsweek publishes an article titled Could Big Data Be the New Gender Equality Tool?  The article discusses the Data2x event with Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg and describes how a gender data revolution could be achieved through gender disaggregation of existing indicators, big data, and civil registration and vital statistics....(mor​e)  ​


16 December 2014

Devex publishes an article titled More data on women and girls on the way. The article highlights the new partnerships announced during the Data2x event and the importance of gender disaggregated data....(mor​e)  ​


16 December 2014

New York Daily News publishes an article titled Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg promote project working to close gender gaps. The article highlights the importance of data for management and inclusivity....(mor​e)  ​


16 December 2014

Fortune Magazine publishes an article describing Hillary Clinton's support for a gender data revolution titled Hillary Clinton spurs 'Gender Data Revolution'. The article describes some of the data gaps found by Data2x and the new partnerships to address them....(mor​e)  ​​


16 December 2014

CBS News publishes an article describing Hillary Clinton's support for filling gender data gaps with Data2x. Most of the article focuses on speculations about US electoral politics....(mor​e)  ​​


16 December 2014

The UN News Centre publishes an article titled UN Asia-Pacific forum begins registration, statistics partnership to improve data, policies. ​The article highlights the commitment of UNESCAP to improve CRVS with Data2x....(mor​e)  ​​​


15 December 2014

Politico publishes an article with the headline Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg promote data project. The  article birefly mentions Data2x before focusing on the politics of Mr. Bloomberg and Mrs. Clinton....(mor​e)  ​


15 December 2014

Shaida Badiee and Claire Melamed publish a blog post to the IEAG website titled Making the Data Revolution a Gender Data Revolution. The post mentions the need to revolutionize the data about women and also the need to revolutionize the use of data by women....(mor​e)  ​


15 December 2014

Data2x  hosts an event with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Michael Bloomberg and many others to announce a major partnership for a "gender data revolution". The video of the event discusses gender data gaps....(mor​e)  ​


15 December 2014

The World Bank Managing Director, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, publishes an article on the Huffington Post titled To End Poverty, We Need to Know What We Don't Know About Women and Girls​ The article discusses the World Bank's efforts to fill gender gaps around the world....(mor​e)  


15 December 2014

The World Bank publishes a story titled New Partnerships Aim to Improve Data on ​​​Women and Girls. The article discusses the World Bank's commitment to partner with Data2x for a gender revolution....(mor​e)  ​


15 December 2014

The Washington Times publishes an article describing Hillary Clinton's support for Data2x titled ​Hillary Clinton: Good decisions based on 'evidence,' not ideology, gut feelings. The articles outlines the major points of the Data2x event....(mor​e)  ​


December 2014

 The Political Economy of Official Statistics: Implications for the Data Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The paper argues that much of the data revolution research has focused on technical components. However, the political economy factors such as history, institutional arrangements and incentives should be considered for technical solutions to be effective....(mor​e)  ​


13 December 2014

Lawrence Haddad publishes a blog post on the IFRPRI website titled Don't kill off the data revolution before it has even started.  The post is a response to Morten Jerven's estimate of the cost of the Data Revolution for the Copenhagen Consensus Group. He critiques Jerven's methods of estimation and argues that the actual and relative costs of the data revolution are lower than Jerven estimates....(mor​e)  ​


13 December 2014

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) publishes a press release titled Africa needs reliable statistics for economic planning and development.  The statement summarizes some of the issues discussed in the STATCOM 2014. It expresses a desire that the African data revolution be African-led....(mor​e)  ​


11 December 2014

An excerpt from the report of the African Group on Statistical Data Management presented to STATCOM 2014. The report defines the data revolution in Africa, describes what to expect of a country that had achieved a data revolution, and recommends steps to achieve a data revolution. Excerpts of the report are available in a Google Document.​​...(mor​e)  ​


9 December 2014

Development Gateway publishes a second blog post on its study of data use in Nepal titled Data Use in Nepal: Data, Incentives, and Champions. The post discusses the incentives government officials have to use and to improve data. The post argues that the data revolution will succeed only if key stakeholders have the right incentives.​​...(mor​e)  ​

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9 December 2014

The Web Foundation publishes a blog post titled From open data to a right to information: A response to the UN Data Revolution report. The post discusses the need to link Right to Information laws to the principles of the data revolution. The post argues that by making access to open data a right, the principles of the data revolution will be realized....(mor​e)  ​


9 December 2014

Open Nepal publishes a blog post titled The sparking the data revolution in Nepal: Open Nepal and Development Initiatives convene high-level roundtable on Data Revolution. The post discusses the need for better-informed decisionmaking by all stakeholders in Nepal....(mor​e)  ​


8 December 2014

Morten Jerven publishes a blog post on his website titled Writing about a data revolution: A critique in four venn diagrams. The article criticizes the  World That Counts​ report along similar lines as his December 5th critique but specifying that he felt the Data Revolution report was at risk of hubris because of the largeness of its claims about the power of data....(mor​e)  


5 December 2014

Morten Jerven publishes a blog post for the Post-2015 website titled  Writing about a data revolution: Between rhetoric and practical action. The article criticizes the  World That Counts​ report for not distinguishing between statistics and data, for not theorizing the link between data and better decisions, for underemphasizing politics, and more. ....(mor​e)  


4 December 2014

​Development Gateway publishes a blog post titled Meeting the Challenge of Open Data. ​The post discusses the organization's Aid Management Platform and its desire to use data generated by the data revolution to produce better decisions about development....(more)  


4 December 2014

The Synthesis Report of the Secretary General on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda is published by the United Nations. The post categorizes six areas for ​the sustainable agenda. It also highlights the comments of the IEAG report and calls for improvements in the ways data are used in monitoring and evaluating progress towards international goals....(more)  


On November 7th, the UN Secretary General's Independent Advisory Expert Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution published its report,  'A World That Counts': Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development'. The report generated a wide range of responses. We have collected and summarized the articles and blog posts we found below. Please contact us if you have any additions. ​

2 December 2014

Development Gateway publishes a blog post titled The Demand Side of the Data Revolution: Lessons from the Government of Nepal. The post evaluates summarizes a study on the use of government data in Nepal. The post highlights the problems with data use on the part of government officials, including limited data analysis capacity and other challenges....(more)  


2 December 2014

Pauline Rose publishes a blog post for the Post-2015 website titled  Bringing the data revolution to education, and education to the data revolution. The article discusses the need for better data, particularly of marginalized groups for education and the need to revolutionize the way data is used in education....(mor​e)  


2 December 2014

Jenny Lei Ravelo publishes an article for Devex titled A bumpy road:  Using data to inform policymaking. The article discusses challenges in data use in South Korea, South Africa, and Indonesia....(mo​​re)  


1 December 2014

Lawrence Haddad publishes a post to the blog of the British Medical Journal titled Do we really need a nutrition data revolution? The posts highlights problems in nutrition data and cites a source that the returns on improved nutrition data could be as high as 10:1....(mo​re)  


28 November 2014

Bill Anderson publishes a blog post to the Development Initiatives website titled The Data Revolution and monitoring of the SDGs: the case of data on maternal mortality. The post evaluates the latest report by the SDSN on the SDG and argues that the report does not focus enough on country-led capacity building....(m​ore)  


26 November 2014

Jenny Lei Ravelo publishes an article titled A 'revolution' to fill the data gap. The article discusses the data revolution in the context of Indonesia....(m​ore)  


25 November 2014

Nancy Choi publishes a blog post to AidData website titled Harnessing the Data Revolution: Three Goals to Better Improve Development Outcomes. She highlights three ways to make data more accessible, primarily in the context of foreign aid....(more)  


25 November 2014

Trevor Fletcher publishes a blog post on the PARIS21 website titled Who's ready to join the data revolution?   The post introduces seven country studies on the Data Revolution, as viewed from developing countries....(more)  


25 November 2014

Thilo Klein publishes a blog post on the PARIS21 website titled IDR Project unveils two new tools. The post introduces two new tools for tracking the data revolution, the Metabase and the Innovations Inventory....(more)   ​


25 November 2014

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) publishes a document titled Indicators and a monitoring framework for Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a data revolution for the SDGs. The working draft incorporated feedback on ways to measure SDGs in connection with the Data Revolution....(more)  


24 November 2014

Notes from a discussion that was held in Washington DC, London, and Boston on the Data Revolution were posted. The comments respond to the IEAG report and highlight possible next steps in the Data Revolution...(​more)  


21 November 2014

Robert Kirkpatrick, the UN Global Pulse Director and IEAG member, is interviewed by SciDevNet on the data revolution and the future of big data....(mo​​re)  


24 November 2014

The Center for Economic and Social rights publishes a blog post titled The 'Data Revolution': Of the People, For the People?   The post highlights the relationship between the data revolution and human rights. The post concludes that data does not necessarily empower people or hold people accountable and that deep engagement with communities is required....(more)  


18 November 2014

Dr. Claire Melamed publishes a blog post to the IEAG website titled The Week After the Revolution...Still Counting. The article post discusses some of the reaction to the IEAG report and provides some reactions...(mor​e)  


18 November 2014

Jenny Lei Ravelo publishes an article for Devex titled The next steps for a 'data revolution'. The article focuses on the IEAG report and the SDGs...(mo​​re)  


17 November 2014

An event called "From Ideas to Action: Making the data revolution count for those who need it most" is hosted by PARIS21 at the offices of the Open Gov Hub. The event involved a discussion of the IEAG report and the next steps. The link provides a summary by PARIS21 consultant, Sala Patterson...(m​​ore)  


17 November 2014

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) publishes ​the 2014 Global Nutrition Report​. The report includes a section on global nutrition data, including a call for a ​revolution for better nutrition data...(m​ore)  ​

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15 November 2014

The Economist  publishes an article titled Data and development: Off the map. The article highlights the gap between data in wealthy countries and developing countries. The report references the IEAG report and argues that technology can help solve some of the problems, but not all....(m​​ore)  


14 November 2014

A group of civil society organizations publish an Open Letter to the UN Secretary General on the IEAG's Report on the Data Revolution. The letter responds to the IEAG report and highlights three problems 1) Lack of consultation 2) Insufficient emphasis on strengthening human capacity 3) Over-emphasis on global priorities at the expense of national....(more)  


14 November 2014

The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) publishes a blog post titled IATI's contribution to a data revolution for sustainable development. The post outlines the ways that IATI seeks to address issues highlighted in the IEAG report....(more)  


12 November 2014

Jed Miller writes a post for the Transparency Accountability Initiative titled  Will the Data Revolution Be Well-Advised?  The post reacts to the IEAG report highlighting some flaws in the report, specifically he argues that the report underemphasized NGOs and  overestimating "Super-Citizens"....(mo​​re)  


12 November 2014

Bill Anderson writes a blog post for Development Initiatives titled Donors, results, IATI and the data revolution. The post outlines the need for more locally produced data, rather than donor-driven data collection. It suggests that the IEAG could provide a roadmap to change the system....(more)  


10 November 2014

Bill Anderson writes a blog post for Development Initiatives titled Bridging the global-local divide: The challenge facing the Data Revolution for sustainable development. The post highlights and responds to several passages after noting the there should have been more consultations with the public....(more) 

 

7 November 2014

LK Hewlett writes and article for the St. Kitts and Nevis Observer titled Statistics Play A Vital Role in Policy Making. Quoting the Caricom Ambassador Colin Granderson, the article discusses the importance of statistics in the region. Ambassador Granderson suggests that new ICT tools be used to revolutionize data in the Caribbean....(mo​​re)    

 

7 November 2014

Craig Fagan posts a blog post on Transparency International website titled Can Big Data Solve the World's Problems, Including Corruption?  Mr. Fagan argues that the IEAG did not consult with the public enough and that it fails to adequately outline the steps "needed to ensure that data collection is transparent, accountable and participatory, from the start"....(m​ore)    


7 November 2014

Haishan Fu writes a blog post on the World Bank website  titled "A  World That Counts" -  The Data Revolution Report is Out. The post highlights four key recommendations from the report: 1) Develop a global consensus on principles and standards 2) Share technology and innovations for the common good 3) New resources for capacity development 4) Leadership for coordination and mobilisation....(m​ore)   


7 November 2014

Selim Jahan writes a blog post on the IEAG website titled The Data Revolution for Human Development. The post highlights links between the Human Development Index and the IEAG report. He argues that truly revolutionizing data can have a strong link with human development....(mor​​e)    


6 November 2014

Shawn Donnan writes an article for the Financial Times  titled Inequality and Why the World's Poor Are Being Left Behind by Big Data. The article primarily discusses the IEAG report and the summer report by the Center for Global Development and the African Population and Health Research Center on the problems with data in developing countries....(m​ore)  


6 November 2014

Neva Frecheville and Savio Carvalho write a post on the CAFOD policy team blog How [not] to run a consultation: lessons from the Data Revolution. The article primarily raises concerns with the brief consultation with civil society and the public in the preparation of the IEAG report....(more)   


6 November 2014

The IEAG Data Revolution Report: A World That Counts: Mobilising The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development is published....(m​​ore)   


4 November 2014

John Hendra and Eduardo Sojo write an article for Devex titled A Gender Data Revolution for Accountability and Transparency in Post-2015. The authors discuss the IEAG and the SDGs and argue that all countries need to do a better job of tracking gender disaggregated data....(​​more)  


4 November 2014

Sarah Lucas and Rachel Quint write a post on the Post-2015 Data Test blog Bringing Country-Level Realities to Global Ambitions (Part 2): The Power and Potential of Southern Think Tanks for the Post-2015 Agenda. The blog post highlights the connection between the political and technical problems that lead to data problems. They suggest several ways to address these problems....(more)   


4 November 2014

Sarah Lucas and Rachel Quint write a post on the Post-2015 Data Test blog Bringing Country-Level Realities to Global Ambitions (Part 1): 4 Key Takeaways from the Post-2015 Data Test's Presentation of Initial Findings. The blog post highlights four ideas about the Data Revolution: 1) Countries have a long way to go to meet the technical data needs. 2) A combinations of global and local targets would be (very) complicated, but could work. 3) A post-2015 architecture will need to take into account political incentives. 4) Intra-governmental dynamics will significantly impact goal-setting and implementation....(more)   


4 November 2014

Dr. Paul Zeitz and Biraj Swain, write an article for the Huffington Post titled Using the Data Revolution for Mutual Accountability & Transparency in the Era of Sustainable Development. The article highlights several ways to improve data use, transparency, and accountability....(m​ore)   


4 November 2014

Stephen Katz, from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, writes a blog post for post2015.org titled The Impact of the "Data (R)evolution" on International Organizations. The article says that the data revolution will change the technologies available to IOs for data collection and dissemination and may make IOs even more important for global data....(more)   


3 November 2014

Dabapriya Bhattacharya and Kate Higgins, write a blog post for the Post-2015 Data Test titled Unpacking the Data Revolution at the Country Level - Initial Findings. The article highlights 5 problems from case studies and provides 5 recommendations for the Data Revolution. The recommendations are: 1) Measure what matters 2) Capacity and policy space need attention 3) Data is political 4) Support country ownership 5) There is an appetite for more and better coordination on data....(more)  


31 October 2014

Sarah Jayne Olan writes a blog post for rappler.com titled Data revolution: Unlocking the power of data. The article discusses a meeting on the data revolution hosted by PARIS21 in Manila, Philippines....(m​​or​​e)   


30 October 2014

Dr. P. Niclas Broer writes a blog post for post2015.org titled Informing a Medical Data Revolution. The article discusses the potential for a revolution in the way data are collected and used in healthcare...(m​ore)   


30 October 2014

Kwemoi Kapchanga writes an article for Standard Digital titled Why Africa's economies continue to grapple with 'statistical tragedy'.  The article is an interview with Prof. Morten Jerven on statistical problems in Africa with a mention of the data revolution....(mo​​re)  

 

29 October 2014

The Education For All Report publishes a post to their website titled Relevant data for education post-2015 need not be 'big data'.  The post argues that while big data may be exciting, there needs to be much more work on basic data for education in many countries....(more)   


28 October 2014

Alyson Hayes publishes an op-ed on the Dhaka Tribune titled Ready for Data.  The op-ed discusses the potential for the data revolution for Bangladesh in the post-2015 period....(more) 


24 October 2014

Dr. Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Secretary General and CEO of Civicus publishes a blog post on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation website titled From development information to a data revolution. He calls for a bottom-up approach to the revolution....(mor​e) 


On October 15th, the UN Secretary General's Independent Advisory Expert Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution closed its comments and private submissions as it prepares its report for the UN Secretary General. There was a flurry of blog posts surrounding the deadline. We've compiled a brief list below. Contact us if you have additions. 

22 Octobe​r 2014

The Post-2015 Data Test publishes their first set of case studies as well as documents related to workshops they hosted in New York and Washington, DC...(more)

21 October 2014

Post2015.org publishes an open letter Defining and successfully accomplishing the Data Revolution written by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. The letter highlights the position demographers are in to ensure that the SDGs are measurable and valid...(more)  

 

20 October 2014

The Center for Economic and Social Rights publishes a blog post summarizing their submission to the IEAG A Human Rights Approach to the Data Revolution. The post suggests that by focusing on human rights, the Data Revolution can avoid being "another top-down, technocratic exercise."....(more)

 

20 October 2014

The World Economic Forum publishes a post by the World Bank's Ana Revenga and Maura Leary titled Why better data is the key to tackling poverty. The post highlights the findings of the World Bank's 2014 Policy Research Report: A Measured Approach to Ending Poverty and Boosting Shared Prosperity...(more)

 

20 October 2014

Development Gateway publishes a blog post "Good" Data and You. The post highlights the demand for data, the usefulness of data, and the need to promote data use...(more)

 

20 October 2014

The Center for Global Development's Gabriel Demombynes and Justin Sandefur publish a working paper Costing a Data Revolution. They analyze the supply and demand of household surveys and estimate that it would cost donors approximately $300 million per year to fill remaining data gaps...(more)


17 October 2014

National Geographic publishes an article titled Un-cooking Africa's Books. The article discusses statistical deficiencies among African countries. With respect to the Data Revolution, they argue that there should not be a strong dependence on new technologies to address data issues...(more)  

 

16 October 2014

Nathaniel Heller writes a post on the Global Integrity blog titled Avoiding a Soylent Green Data Revolution. Heller argues that "[W]e need to avoid a Data Revolution that  treats individuals (and their data) as raw materials with no ability to opt out." He then draws on some related writings on the philosophy and perils of data analysis and policy...(more)


15 October 2014

Publish What You Fund publishes their submission to the IEAG. They outline six principles for a data revolution and six standards of open data. The post focuses especially on the ability for open data to promote development...(more)


15 October 2014

The World Wide Web Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation, Open Knowledge, the Open Institute, and Fundar made a joint submission to the IEAG. The document highlights 7 steps for the IEAG to make data open, help stakeholders to effectively use data, and protect rights to hold governments accountable...(more) 

 

15 October 2014

Joe Powell posts a blog post on the Open Government Partnership website The Data Revolution and OGP: Ships Passing in the Night? He highlights the potential overlap between the Open Government movement and the Data Revolution and suggests more collaboration between the two movements...(more)  

 

15 October 2014

CARICOM commemorates Caribbean Statistics Day with the theme of Data Revolution for Sustainable Development in CARICOM – Designing and Operationalising a Framework for Statistics in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The press release published by CARICOM highlights the role of ICT and National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) in the Data Revolution...(more)

 

15 October 2014

Liz Steele published a blog post on Publish What You Fund titled The need and the opportunity, for research to inform the data revolution debate. The post mentions a panel discussion where the author emphasized how research could improve the direction of the Data Revolution...(more)    


15 October 2014

The Honorable Marco Archer, Minister for Finance and Economic Development of the Cayman Islands writes an article for the Cayman Reporter. He frames changes he plans to make in the collection and use of data to the Data Revolution...(more) 

 

15 October 2014

All Africa published an article called 'If it can't be measured, it can't be done'-The Importance of Good Data for Development. The article summarizes many of the comments of Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank at October 9 event at the Center for Global Development...(more) 

 

15 October 2014

An Open Data Agenda for Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals is published by Sumandro Chattapadhyay with contributions from Tim Davies, Zacharia Chiliswa, and Gisele S. Craveiro. The note provides a series of suggestions for the IEAG building on the idea that openness should be fundamental to the Data Revolution...(more)

 

14 October 2014

IEAG members Carmen Barroso and Katell Le Goulven publishes a blog post to the IEAG website A Rights-Based Revolution. They discuss the strong demand to make sure that the rights of citizens are respected during the Data Revolution...(more)

 

14 October 2014

Development Initiatives publishes a briefing titled The Data Manifesto: Staging a Data Revolution. It lists 12 steps to ensure that the Data Revolution is useful for policy makers and data users...(more)

 

14 October 2014

Taryn Davis publishes a blog at Development Gateway titled We Need a Revolution! The blog highlights various resources on the Data Revolution including discussions on aid transparency, open budgeting, extractive industries, and open data...(more)

 

13 October 2014

Dan Whitman writes an article on Pundit Wire on the Center for Global Development's October 9th Data Revolution event. He emphasized the importance of numbers in policy making...(more)

 

10 October 2014

Katell Le Goulven (a member of the IEAG) publishes a blog post on the UNICEF website titled A data revolution for children. It discusses some of the promise and threats of a data revolution to improving the lives of children...(more) 


9 October 2014

The Open Data Research Network publishes a blog post titled Placing Lessons from the ODDC research at the heart of the data revolution debate. The blog post summarizes an event held October 6-9 discussing experiences with open data in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria....(more) 

 

9 October 2014

The Center for Global Development hosts the launch of a publication titled Delivering on the Data Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa. The event included a keynote address by the President of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka. Video of the event can be found here.  

 

8 October 2014

Publish What You Fund publishes the Aid Transparency Index 2014. The publication sets the aid transparency movement within the context of the broader Data Revolution.....(more)   Video of the launch of the publication with a keynote address by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is available here

 

7 October 2014

The Open Knowledge Foundation blog featured a post titled Open Data Definition v2.0 Released-Major Update of Essential Standard for Open Data and Open Content. The post does not mention the Data Revolution, but it does explain changes to a frequently cited definition used among participants in the Data Revolution....(more)


On September 25th, the UN Secretary General’s Independent Advisory Expert Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution held its first meeting in New York. A series of papers and blog posts surrounded this event. They provided suggestions and recommendations for the IEAG. We've listed brief summaries and links to some of these publications. If the list is missing a blog or article, please contact ODW and watch this space for periodic updates.  


7 October 2014

Enrico Giovannini and Eva Jespersen (a co-chair and a member of the IEAG, respectively) publishes a blog post to the UNDP webpage titled You Say You want a Revolution. The post summarizes some thoughts about the Data Revolution including a discussion of the relationship between big data and official statistics. ...(more)


6 October 2014

Sabina Alkire and Emma Samman of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative publish a briefing paper to the IEAG. Mobilizing the Household Data Required to Progress Toward the SDGs looks at the advantages and disadvantages of collecting post-2015 data through household survey instruments, administrative and registry data, and big data. ...(more)

 

3 October 2014

Notes from the IEAG group meeting are published as a blog on the IEAG website. The notes cover the breadth of topics mentioned in the meeting of the IEAG, the meeting with Deputy Secretary Jan Eliasson, and in meetings with civil society groups. ...(more)

 

2 October 2014

Nancy McGuire Choi published a post on the Development Gateway blog entitled Harnessing the Data Revolution. She highlights the benefits of mapping and tracking who does what in development and then outlines the conditions necessary to ensure that data are put to good use. ...(more)

 

1 October 2014

Interaction moderates a series of blog posts on transparency featuring AidData, Development Initiatives, Foundation Center, Open Aid Partnership, Oxfam America, and Publish What You Fund. This post on the future of transparency provides several points related to the data revolution--including call for a greater focus on subnational data users. ...(more)

 

1 October 2014

Making All Voices Count Director Marjan Besuijen publishes a blog post about governance and the post-2015 agenda. She suggests that the Data Revolution needs to be carefully monitored to ensure that it empowers the people and that isn’t used to their disadvantage. ...(more)

 

1 October 2014

Claire Melamad publishes an article in the Guardian titled The data revolution is coming and it will unlock the corridors of power.  The article highlights the work of the IEAG and argues that, through transparency and openness, data can empower and enrich lives. ...(more)

 

1 October 2014

Kate Krukiel published a blog post on the Microsoft Government page: Data revolution: How the UN is visualizing the future. It shares three insights about the MDGs: 1) Data has a shelf life 2) Government need visualization tools 3) The private sector can help. ...(more)

 

27 September 2014

Cheryl Doss a Senior Lecturer at Yale University published a post on Huffington Post entitled To Help the World’s Poor – Start With Data? The post discusses the need to improve data quality to help monitor the SDGs. It also argues for more disaggregated data. ...(more) 

 

26 September 2014

The Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, gives remarks at the first meeting of the IEAG. The remarks call for efforts to improve the quality and quantity of data and to engage with “non traditional counterparts.” The remarks are posted on the IEAG blog.  ...(more) 

 

25 September 2014

The Open Data Research Network publishes a blog post: Building a better data revolution.  The post offers several suggestions for the data revolution: 1) Think about the primary data user; 2) Focus on capacity for action; 3) Think critically about the politics of categories and standards; 4)Focus on accountability AND collaboration; 5) There is both the need, and the opportunity, for research to inform the debate. ...(more) 

 

25 September 2014

The World Bank Group, the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, Norway, and USAID created the Global Financing Facility (GFF) to support health-related MDGs. Among the goals of the GFF is to promote improved civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS). ...(more)

 

25 September 2014

Open Data Watch publishes an article on National Statistical Development Strategies and how they should be transformed and updated to incorporate the principles of the data revolution—particularly openness. ...(more)

 

24 September 2014

A Reuters article highlights new research by Morten Jerven suggesting that it would cost $254 billion to monitor the 169 targets outlined in the latest version of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Reuters article:  ...(more) Jerven article: ...(more)

 

24 September 2014

Enrico Giovannini, Co-chair of the UN IEAG for the Data Revolution, writes an introductory blog post for the new website for the new IEAG website. He invites input for the report the IEAG will submit to the UN Secretary General but pledges that the report will not be “the end of the story.” ...(more)

 

24 September 2014

Rufus Pollock published a blog post: A Data Revolution That Works for All of Us. He argues that the Data Revolution must be open, that data about people should be controlled by and accessible to those people, and that more needs to translate raw data into something beneficial for people. ...(more)

 

19 September 2014

Toby McIntosh wrote an article for the Guardian celebrating Paraguay becoming the 100th country to pass a Freedom of Information law. The article discusses the successes and failures of the movement for Freedom of Information laws as part of the broader movement for openness and open data. ...(more)


Despite the summer heat and vacation schedules, conversations about the Data Revolution have been lively over the past few months. This has been particularly the case in the context of the UN launch of its Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution on August 29th. Below is a list of blogs and articles we have collected to highlight some of the major ideas over the past few months on how to revolutionize the way data are collected and used around the world.  If the list is missing a blog or article, please contact ODW and watch this space for periodic updates.

15 September 2014 

Claire Melemand and Amanda Glassman are interviewed about the Data Revolution on the Development Drums Podcast. They discuss the need for a data revolution, difficulty in doing a cost-benefit on the data revolution, big data and other topics. ...(more)


11 September 2014 

Publish What You Fund’s Jeannet Lingan discusses the Independent Expert Advisory Group in a blog post. They provide three recommendations for the group: 1) Focus on access to information 2) Focus on users of information 3) Draw on new technologies to build transparency and accountability. ...(more)


10 September 2014 

The Economist published an article entitled “Working Hours: A plea for more data”. It looks mostly at the research on the time-use surveys but suggests that these data can and should be much better around the world. ...(more)

 

10 September 2014 

CAFOD’s Neva Frecheville wrote a blog post called “Welcome to the Data Revolution Advisory Group – but will it be a revolution driven by people?” The post includes three recommendations for the group: 1) Be open to learning non-traditional data collection methodologies 2) Include an expert who will champion grassroots perspective 3) Give enough time for civil societies to consult marginalized groups. ...(more) 

 

10 September 2014 

Norman Shamas on the Tech Change blog writes a blog post “What the Data Revolution means for global development and M&E”. ...(more)


9 September 2014 

Alaina Levine writes a blog post on the World Economic Forum titled “How the data revolution will change the world.” The article talks about how the internet, big data, and data scientists are changing technology and the way business and governments make decisions. ...(more)  

 

9 September 2014 

Casey Dunning, Alan Gelb and Sneha Raghavan of the Center for Global Development publish a policy paper entitled “Birth Registration, Legal Identity and the Post-2015 Agenda.” The paper makes the case that improved CRVS systems should be part of the data revolution. ...(more)

 

8 September 2014 

The Guardian Development Professionals Network featured an article titled “Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women’. It discusses the need for gender disaggregated data to understand inequality that emerges in disaster settings. ...(more)

 

2 September 2014 

An article in the Fijian newspaper, The Jet, discusses the need for better statistics in Small Island Developing States. It includes a call for a data revolution. ...(more) 

 

2 September 2014 

Prof Martin Hilbert of UC-Davis published an article on SciDevNet titled “The ultimate limitation of big data for development”. He cautions against depending too heavily on forecasting models in development because the goal of development is to depart from past trends in society. ...(more)

 

1 September 2014 

Henri Verdier publishes a post on his blog entitled “Open Data and Democracy”. He asks questions about the potential and limitations of data, including a discussion of the data revolution and democracy. ...(more) 

 

1 September 2014 

Tobias Denskus wrote a blog post titled “The UN’s technocratic answer to the ‘Data Revolution’’. He argues that the UN IEAG is too homogenous and should include more journalists, grassroots workers, and communications people. ...(more)  

 

29 August 2014 

The UN Independent Expert Advisory Group is announced. ...(more)  

 

21 August   2014 

"The 'X-file' and the need for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics systems post-2015" A blog post on post2015.org by Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi about the extent to which MDG data are estimates. She argues that better CRVS systems need to be developed.  ...(more) 

 

19 August 2014 

"Africa Lacks Autonomous Statistics Bodies, Says Report" A SciDevNet.com article on the report by Glassman and Co-authors. This article focuses primarily on the lack of independence of NSOs.  ...(more)  

 

18 August 2014 

"Data Revolution from the Bottom Up" A blog post by Amanda Glassman on post2015.org. She discusses how the data revolution expert group's recommendations could inspire change from countries going up, rather than from international organizations.  ...(more) 

 

15 August 2014 

"Africa Makes Inroads in Open Development Data" An article on SciDevNet.com about how AfDB and others are working to improve data access and availability. ...(more)

 

14 August 2014 

"The Data Revolution will fail without a praxis revolution" A blog post on ICTs for Development by Richard Heeks. He argues that a data revolution is only a relatively small part of the process of having better results. ...(more)

 

13 August 2014 

"Why Africa Needs a Data Revolution" A blog post at the World Economic Forum blog by Amanda Glassman. She describes the incentives and policy design that influence data quality and availability. ...(more)  

 

12 August 2014 

"The Data Revolution: Orwellian nightmare or boon to people power?" was published to the post2015.org blog by David McNair of the ONE organization. He suggests that the issues raised in the Foreign Policy article can be largely addressed by implementing the suggestions of the Data Revolution Expert's Workshop and the recommendations from Glassman and co-authors. ...(more)


9 August 2014 

"Ory Okolloh: 'Transparency advocates must learn from gay rights movement" This article in the Guardian's Global Development page includes an interview about transparency and openness. Ms. Okolloh argues that transparency advocates should get support from government officials first and then the public will follow. She also argues that it will take lawyers and media and the judiciary to get useful data and real transparency.  ...(more) 

 

4 August 2014 

"Why African Stats are So Often Wrong" a blog post from Amanda Glassman and Justin Sandefur for the Center for Global Development about their paper on the political economy of bad statistics. ...(more)

 

August 2014 

"The Social Laboratory" by Shane Harris at Foreign Policy Magazine describes efforts by engineers and technocrats in Singapore to use big data to better control dissent, reduce disorder, and find technical solutions to governance problems. ...(more)

 

31 July 2014 

"Towards A Strategy for the Data Revolution: Outcomes from the July 11 – 12 Experts’ Workshop" is published. ...(more)

 

30 July 2014 

"What if everything we know about poor countries' economies is totally wrong" A Vox.com interview with Prof. Morten Jerven about data quality in developing countries and the role of the IMF and World Bank in data quality. ...(more)

 

30 July 2014 

"Africa's 'sluggish data collection needs a revolution'" article published on Scidevnet.com The article focuses primarily on article published by Amanda Glassman and co-authors and focuses on incentives changes to improve data quality from NSOs and the need for independent NSOs. ...(more)  

 

29 July 2014 

On a blog post at the World Bank entitled "Measuring Poverty and Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa: Knowledge Gaps and Ways to Address Them", Stephen Glasen notes that the quality of surveys in many countries remains sub-par. Part of the solution, he says is capacity building for NSOs. ...(more)

 

25 July 2014 

"Smart aid for the World's poor" A Wall Street Journal article about the need to pare down the post-2015 goals, is particularly critical of a goal to improve gender statistics. The Copenhagen Consensus Center looked at the different proposed goals and decided that there would be little value for money to boosting gender statistics relative to other goals. ...(more)

 

15 July 2014 

"The Political Economy of Bad Data" paper published by Amanda Glassman and Justin Sandefur at Center for Global Development. It discusses how incentives can sometimes be misaligned for NSOs to produce inaccurate statistics. ...(more)

 

9 July 2014 

The World Resources Institute publishes a working paper "Indicators of a Sustainable Agriculture". A call for better data is among their recommendations. ...(more)


8 July 2014

Amanda Glassman and Alex Ezeh co-authored a blog post for the Center for Global Development titled "Delivering on the Data revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa" which summarizes their report by the same name. ...(more)

 

8 July 2014 

On the Global Prosperity Wonkcast at the Center for Global Development, Lawrence MacDonald interviewed Amanda Glassman about the publication of the Delivering on the Data Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa report published by the Data for African Development Group.  ...(more)

 

8 July 2014 

"Delivering on the Data Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa" published on the Center for Global Development website. ...(more)  ​​​​​