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  • Cultivating a "Data Culture" in the United States | Development Gateway
    spectrum of open supply and demand From my perspective what was most striking about this event was hearing representatives from the US Government USG express the same types of frustrations as Development Gateway s international government partners the challenges of securing internal buy in for procedural changes reporting burdens system incompatibilities inter agency data sharing and more In truth these obstacles should not have been surprising The USG like all other governments is composed of thousands of individuals obligations and technological systems And fortunately like many other governments the USG is filled with people pushing for better more innovative policies and practices From department heads and Presidential Innovation Fellows to the FA gov team and bureau information officers hundreds of data champions are pushing for higher quality data that is easy to curate and easier to use How can we as private citizens support more higher quality open data from the USG Keep asking for and using more There is an undeniably high demand within the USG for this information However as Dennis Vega emphasized in his remarks external demand supports internal champions in a big way If citizens and civil society can demonstrate an interest in and use of

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/04/07/cultivating-a-data-culture-in-the-united-states/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog | Development Gateway
    to flesh fully the data revolution With that in mind what are some of the major challenges for the development community in launching a Geospatial Data Revolution 1 Matching data to Government needs Continue reading DataRev Round Up February 13 2015 Taryn Davis A recent ODI paper focused on what localizing might be applied in the post 2015 agenda With the exception of a few broad considerations it depends on the local context It s an important phrase we re all familiar with but sometimes is left behind when we start talking about things like scalability It also means involving local communities in feedback loops from the start Continue reading Staging a Geospatial Data Revolution February 11 2015 Josh Powell This is part 1 of a two part series on the role of sub national data and country systems in the Data Revolution Part 1 discusses the progress made during the MDG process and what challenges are ahead over the next 15 years of the SDGs Part 2 will discuss what is needed to put countries in the driver s seat of the SDG process to ensure that the beneficiaries of the data revolution are the ones who need it most How far have we come Continue reading Notes from the Field Geocoding Aid Data in DRC February 05 2015 Fabrice Musoni Guillaume Léveillé Development Gateway through its partnership with AidData recently concluded the first phase of USAID s Higher Education Solutions Network funded geocoding work in collaboration with the Democratic Republic of Congo s Ministry of Planning Outcomes were well received by government officials and key development partners However everyone acknowledges this is only the first step towards enhancing GIS capacity throughout government agencies and the donor community Continue reading A Roadmap for AMP Sustainability February 03 2015 Vanessa

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/blog/page9/ (2016-02-15)
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  • What's next for IATI | Development Gateway
    this year marks a tipping point for the future of IATI Discussions at last week s IATI steering committee meeting suggest that IATI publishers have achieved critical data mass Today about 7 out of every 10 major donors to various partner countries publish at least some data to the standard While data quality still needs to be improved enough data now exists to begin to move the conversation beyond donor data supply and focus more on demand for this data at the country level More changes to the standard and better donor reporting will most certainly be necessary But DG and our key partner countries plan to make real strides toward IATI use in the coming year What does that mean for IATI publishing donors The time is now to provide technical and financial support to adopting countries that have a sufficient baseline capacity for integration of the standard into government workflows This will likely require in an interim phase a sort of hybrid reporting approach pulling some data automatically from the IATI registry but also continuing to populate some data fields and some donors data into domestic aid information management systems AIMS manually While bifurcated tactics may seem cumbersome they will allow partner countries to Derive real utility from IATI data Report to IATI Continue to define the indicators needed to fulfill unique domestic monitoring needs Some pilots have already occurred in the DRC Rwanda and others aiming to match domestic AIMS with IATI But now it s time to take those lessons and a more complete data registry and identify the right ways to integrate IATI data into the day to day workflows of partner country Ministries of Finance By partnering with well positioned countries IATI donors can begin to demonstrate and benefit from the value of their

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/10/24/whats-next-for-iati/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Launch of Open Schools Kenya | Development Gateway
    these efforts Sometimes even the most basic school information like school location fees class size or even building types is completely unavailable inaccessible or out of date This is especially true in many urban settlement or slum areas like the Kibera slums surrounding Nairobi where demand for better education data is already well established That s where Open Schools Kenya comes in Over the past year teams from Kibera and Washington have been working to fill this gap Building on the successful Map Kibera initiative Open Schools Kenya has mapped photographed and surveyed every school in Kibera both government financed and informal hosting all of the data on an OpenStreetMap based application This citizen collected data was linked with other education data sources including Kenya Open Data and other government school information and made accessible both online and offline A great deal of effort went in to harmonizing and combining existing datasets and future efforts will incorporate even more data from NGOs donors and others Collected and updated by citizens of Kibera Open Schools Kenya is one of the first living datasets about education anywhere Users can access profile information for nearly 350 schools compare services at different institutions view

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/03/05/launch-of-open-schools-kenya/ (2016-02-15)
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  • A New Development Gateway | Development Gateway
    years calls for greater transparency and active citizen participation grow ever louder As a social enterprise dedicated to building practical tools that turn information into opportunities for people to lead better lives Development Gateway DG welcomes the new emphasis on open data as a catalyst for building a better world To answer the UN Secretary General s call for a post 2015 data revolution DG has transformed itself over the

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/03/24/a-new-development-gateway/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Benefits of an Internal Data Culture | Development Gateway
    Mason have written a book about it which can be downloaded for free here While reading the book I started to consider what the benefits of a data driven culture are I came up with four Making informed decisions This is kind of a no brainer because the more data that an organization uses and understand it is easier to move away form anecdotes and historical biases Data literacy creates a more objective approach to problems and allows for smart decisions Accountability It s hard to measure progress when there is no data Clear communication about key metrics with the data to enforce these desired metrics makes it easier to understand priorities Better Communication Presentations with lots of chats and graphs are grated but they don t really create discussion Why is this One of the main reasons is that people have issues understanding the data in these visualizations and misinterpret the data Having a data literate workspace with a data driven culture reduces these misinterpretations Learning Culture Data does something that a lot of other topics aren t able to accomplish and that is the ability to inspire and raise for questions Data drive organizations often work effectively and

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/04/02/benefits-of-an-internal-data-culture/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Minerva Initiative examines relationship between aid and conflict | Development Gateway
    been selected by the U S Department of Defense s Minerva Initiative as part of a consortium seeking to answer these questions by exploring the relationship between foreign assistance and intrastate conflict Led by the University of Maryland s Center for International Development and Conflict Management the UMD team includes experts from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Switzerland and the Institute of Development Studies UK The 2 5 million dollar grant will allow academic researchers to examine whether development aid makes countries more or less resistant to violent conflict within their own borders If there is a link between development funding and resilience in the face of potential conflict researchers want to know where when and why this occurs giving policy makers a better sense of how to allocate resources to promote stability In collaboration with these research teams Development Gateway will build a prototype of a dashboard to visualize their findings The customizable dashboard will include a mapping component allowing users to understand how aid and conflict interact at specific sub national locations Geographic data will also be provided in part by AidData who are geocoding aid projects in seven countries with conflict zones beginning with

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/03/26/minerva-initiative-examines-relationship-between-aid-and-conflict/ (2016-02-15)
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  • A Data Revolution from the Inside Out | Development Gateway
    Do organizations working with the Sustainable Development Goals have the capacity to work with this data revolution According to McKinsey Company probably not The United States alone faces a shortage of 140 000 to 190 000 people with analytical expertise and a shortfall of 1 5 million managers and analysts able understand and make decisions based on big data This is especially worrying as organizations involved in the Data Revolution from top to bottom will need to analyze and interpret data to ensure SDG success Instead of focusing on external data revolution projects organizations should be focusing on their internal capacity to do analysis This can be done in part by investing more in the field of data science A hot topic in the public and private sectors data science is the discipline of extracting knowledge from data Thanks to recently developed techniques organizations can now look at old problems and get new insights and more informative results What s more we re in a Golden Age of resources for learning data science inside and outside of the classroom There are several Massive Open Online Courses MOOCs related to data science guides for using Excel which can conduct most statistical analyses as well as open source tools like R and Python with accompanying active communities and advanced statistical packages Who in your organization should care about data science Everyone Project Managers PMs need to be comfortable with conducting analyses gone is the time when individuals can just to pass information to another person to analyze While dedicated data scientists and analysts could crunch numbers all day they re not domain experts PMs are the ones who know where to look for useful insights As Ram Charan covers in this article data science is changing the way end users or program

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/03/19/a-data-revolution-from-the-inside-out/ (2016-02-15)
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