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Understanding and Measuring Data Use: Report Launch and Panel Discussion

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Ave NW Suite 500 Washington DC 20005 USA (map)

This is an event hosted by Hub members Open Data Watch.

To close the gap between the production of official statistics and their dissemination and use, development partners and funders need a better understanding of the barriers that national statistical offices (NSO) face. To assist the modernization of statistical systems, it is equally important to analyze usage statistics from national data portals and NSO websites.

Open Data Watch, AidData, and PARIS21 have collaborated to address these needs in an exciting two-part research study, with financial support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Our recently launched report Counting on Statistics: How can national statistical offices and donors increase use? presents the findings from the surveys and recommendations for both NSOs and donors to increase the use of official statistics and be more responsive to the needs of one domestic user group: government ministries. The soon-to-launch report Measuring Data Use will present an analysis of data portal web traffic, which provides an example for analyzing web traffic on NSO websites and data portals, along with recommendations for improving the collection of these data. Together the two parts of this project offer a holistic understanding of the barriers to the access and use of official statistics and what NSOs can do to overcome them.

Join us December 6th for an engaging discussion about the report’s findings and implications for the future of official statistics for sustainable development. We’ll hear reactions from leaders that fund, produce, promote, and use official statistics in their work. Please bring an ID with you for check-in.

12:00-12:30 PM: Networking Lunch
12:30-12:40 PM: Opening remarks by Shaida Badiee, Managing Director of Open Data Watch
12:40-12:50 PM: Presentation of "Counting on Statistics" findings by Tanya Sethi, Senior Policy Analyst at Aidata 
12:50-1:00 PM: Presentation of "Measuring Data Use" findings by Amelia Pittman, Data Scientist at Open Data Watch
1:00-2:00 PM: Panel discussion moderated by Samantha Custer, Director of Policy at AidData with Norma Altshuler, Program Officer, Hewlett Foundation; John McArthur, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Jon Clifton, Global Managing Partner, Gallup.

Links to Reports and Resources
“Counting on Statistics: How can national statistical offices and donors increase use?
Executive Summary
AidData Blog Post
World Data Forum Blog Post