Putting Data to Work for Sustainable Development: New Methods to Understand Use

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As countries strive to deliver results during the post-2015 sustainable development era, the quality and usability of the data and evidence available to decision-makers is increasingly important. Responding to a call for a data revolution, a growing diversity of organizations are producing both official and non-official sources of data in the hopes of supporting more effective policies and programs. However, the knowledge on what drives actual development data use has lagged behind advances in data production.

Which external and domestic sources of data and evidence are actually used by decision-makers in different countries, policy domains, and institutions -- and why? At which stages of the policymaking process can data and evidence make the greatest contribution? While important work is already taking place to answer these questions, more action is needed to ensure that development partners are producing data and evidence that are “fit for the purpose” in response to the priority challenges policymakers seek to address.

At this AidData and Development Gateway event, we will explore some of the new and innovative approaches being leveraged to understand and cultivate in-country demand for data and evidence to support sustainable development. This panel discussion will be followed by breakout group sessions where attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback on: (1) AidData’s forthcoming data and evidence survey of more than 40,000 development policymakers and practitioners in 126 low- and middle-income countries and (2) Development Gateway’s Results Data Initiative.

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