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  • M&E Tech Recap | Development Gateway
    level Development agencies are small players in development to make true progress we need to understand who is empowered to do what within governments USAID s approach of integrating new people into the conversation searches out data advocates bu creating use cases and value propositions for end users Data is political to leverage open data for accountability stakeholders need to recruit critics i e press thought leaders We need to shift back to analysis the focus on data standardization has lead to an emphasis on learning how to use tools we need to learn how to read data not how to use tools that process data This has implications for the skills and profiles that are needed within donor agencies and in country and hearkens back to the notion that this shift back will be disruptive for the development field M E means Motivation and Empowerment we need to work with data users not lecture at them What Can We Learn From GIS Data DG s Director of Innovation Josh Powell moderated a panel session with Nate Heard US Department of State PEPFAR Bill Dollins Episcopal Relief and Development and Erica Hagen GroundTruth Initiative Reports vs results we re closing the gap between data usable for macro level decisions and data relevant for ground level prioritization Inherent engagement GIS data gets people excited whether government stakeholders practitioners or citizens Context is key maps taken at face value can lead people to draw the wrong conclusions Appropriateness there s a fine line between confidentiality important and secrecy political GIS practitioners need to balance What s Next in Visualizing Data for Better Decision Making Senior Associate Taryn Davis provided an overview of how GIS can help practitioners target deliver and evaluate aid more effectively Maps provide an easily interpretable snapshot of Who

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/09/30/me-tech-recap/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The Challenges of #Data4Impact | Development Gateway
    can be a time consuming process Development Gateway is contributing to ongoing efforts in making IATI data downloads and uploads more accurate and user friendly However these efforts are a two way street further adoption of the IATI standard by governments and organizations will make sharing even easier as more stakeholders will be reporting in a similar fashion Timeliness Especially when used for decision making datasets need to be updated consistently and frequently requiring resources and man hours Context Datasets should not be interpreted in a vacuum location and context are needed to ensure accurate and efficient policies Why is context so important Take this research on a transit study performed for Côte d Ivoire Researchers for the study used cell phone traffic from a leading mobile network provider in the country to analyze commuting patterns and chokepoints in the nation s capital The winning research paper used this data to propose a model for public transportation expansion But what these datasets failed to show and what was therefore unaccounted for in the proposal was the widespread civil unrest occurring throughout the data collection phase Without incorporating the on the ground reality the public transport expansion model did not holistically reflect the needs of the citizens of Abidjan Applicability Finally perhaps the most complex bottleneck to tackle is the production of datasets that are valuable for and used by practitioners governments and citizens how can we produce the right kind of data and how can we encourage uptake Development Gateway recently conducted an in depth analysis of government data use and uptake in Nepal While the full report is forthcoming a major takeaway from our work was the gap between the reporting of data and the demand and use of data Officials often perceived data reports as a process necessary

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/09/24/the-challenges-of-data4impact/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog | Development Gateway
    Greater Accountability February 11 2014 Wayan Vota Geocoding turning the location of development activities into coordinates that enable accurate placement on a map has long been high on the agenda for those interested in the traceability of funding for development projects With this objective in mind the African Development Bank AfDB is geocoding its entire portfolio of activities by mapping the exact location of the operations it finances This will also help the institution better integrate its actions with other national open data and geospatial initiatives principally the Open Aid Partnership USAID and AidData Continue reading Open Contracting Creating Transparency Through Contract Data February 04 2014 Wayan Vota In all countries whether rich or poor contracts are at the nexus of revenue generation budget planning resource management and the delivery of public goods Open contracting refers to norms and practices for increased disclosure and participation in public contracting at all stages of the contracting process Continue reading AidData 3 0 Data Portal Release Makes Development Finance More Intuitive January 27 2014 Wayan Vota AidData a research and innovation lab that seeks to improve development outcomes by making development finance data more accessible and actionable released the 3 0 version of the aiddata org portal during Global Transparency Week Continue reading How are International Development Partners Supporting Timor Leste December 17 2013 Andrea Calabrese Congratulations to the Government of Timor Leste for releasing its Development Cooperation Report for 2012 using data from the Timor Leste Aid Management Platform Timor Leste has long been at the forefront of the transparency movement Continue reading Announcing the Lao PDR AMP Public Portal December 06 2013 Wayan Vota Development Gateway is proud to announce that the Government of the Lao PDR launched a public portal to its Aid Management Platform AMP on 18 November 2013

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/blog/page14/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Open Contracting in Nepal: Could it be a game changer? | Development Gateway
    multiple portals means we never get the real picture of all contracts in Nepal If all contract information from multiple portals were integrated it would be possible to for instance see the total monetary value of contracts being implemented in Dailekh district or to know which contractor has the most contracts in 2014 in Parsa district Opening up contract information would give a whole new perspective on the situations of contracts The open contracting portal for Nepal has yet to be released However below are a series of screenshots to give you a feel of the system We can see the number of contracts in different districts along with various indicators like the Poverty Index which gives insight on how contractual activities are being carried out We can also see which categories have the highest contract value and their distribution year over year For any given category we can view how the contracts are disbursed in various districts The portal is just a start and doesn t provide all of the possible analyses of these contracts However the data will be available in open format for those who want to delve into more detail to derive deeper insights So far

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/09/19/open-contracting-in-nepal-could-it-be-a-game-changer/ (2016-02-15)
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  • South-South Cooperation: An Expanding Modality | Development Gateway
    a fraction of the SSC activities in Honduras and is better than any estimate the government has been able to pull in the past Being able to record this type of development cooperation opens the door to a lot of opportunities for better monitoring reporting and accountability mechanisms by providing officials with a more complete picture of aid and budgetary flows Geocoding Data for Monitoring and Evaluation With the collection of SSC activities the Government of Honduras now has the ability to geocode this type of development cooperation to visually track where aid is being used within the country Development Gateway through AidData is working with Honduras to geocode as many SSC activities as possible An example of a geocoded South South Cooperation would be the following The Government of Brazil decided to fund technical assistance programs for the Department of Energy in Honduras As an SSC activity this would be recorded in Honduras s AMP Next this activity would be geocoded visually representing where it takes place across the country the physical location of the department would also be specified Our goal for the future is to expand geocoding of SSC by tracking on a localized level the qualitative and quantitative effects of that assistance Using the above example if Brazil s technical assistance programs were focused on making hydroelectric plants more efficient our goal would be to geocode hydroelectric plants around Honduras that receive this knowledge based assistance Over time we could track whether this assistance increased plant efficiency by color coding plants based on different output levels This would give policymakers and donors the ability to track the geographic disbursements of aid and to monitor the qualitative and quantitative results Regional Support for Consolidated Information Finally another big news item in the SSC Community is an announcement

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/09/12/south-south-cooperation-an-expanding-modality/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Test Driving the Open Contracting Data Standard | Development Gateway
    government agencies adopt Open Contracting principles and connect government contracts with foreign aid funding Phase II of the effort is working to mainstream open contracting into national procurement systems We ll have more to say about that soon Now that the beta Open Contracting Data Standard is live we re test driving it in a big way sharing some of dgMarket s vast store of contract awards in OCDS JSON format This first OCDS dataset contains over 2 million European Union procurement awards since 2006 with over 1 45 trillion in contract funding represented You can see for example that the average contract value is about 700K and that the average number of bidders for each opportunity is 5 5 Above is s a look at the data in all of their OCDS JSON glory If that screenshot scares you check out our EU contract award visualization app which makes all of this data a lot more palatable and interactive Thinking big picture OCDS datasets like this are obviously just a first step toward realizing the broader Open Contracting vision But we at DG believe that the open procurement movement can improve the way we spend public funds writ large

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/09/11/test-driving-the-open-contracting-data-standard/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Peace in Numbers | Development Gateway
    use Big Data to not only influence national programming and international procedures what if we harness Big Data to secure physical and material peace and security for all This month Development Gateway participated in working groups with implementers policymakers and academics exploring this potential at the Centre for Innovation Leiden University s Campus The Hague Part of the Europe s Innovation Union the Centre s Peace Informatics Lab project brings together implementers policy makers and thought leaders to turn quantitative data into qualitative recommendations for lasting peace One of the main themes emerging from this August s discussion was the importance of context in Big Data There was a consensus that nuances behind numbers are easily lost especially when actors far removed from impacted communities take on data analysis and policy recommendations As an organization dedicated to uniting technology with policy Development Gateway has over 12 years of experience bridging the gap between numbers and action Our representatives at the Peace Informatics Lab discussions were able to share case studies of the successful adaptation of Big Data to local situations and needs as well insights from our work in countries such as Haiti Nepal Timor Leste and the Democratic Republic

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/09/04/peace-in-numbers/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Geocoding 101: A Behind the Scenes Look at Visualizing Aid and Development | Development Gateway
    ministry officials to sustain these efforts for future projects In the case of Nepal AidData geocoded 21 000 locations of communities benefiting from 600 projects including 21 000 locations worth over 6 billion in funding commitments Now that geocoding is complete in Nepal officials in the Ministry of Finance have the skills and will to continue these efforts Creating more granular data When AidData begins a geocoding project we first ensure that the partner government s Aid Information Management System contains updated project information An Aid Management Fellow embedded within the finance ministry for several months works with each development partner to update their portfolio in the system The Aid Management Fellow then coordinates with each development partner to collect the location of the projects under their purview Some institutions already have detailed coordinate level data for their projects but in most cases they supply only the name of the village or area where the project is located In other cases the development partner will supply AidData with project documents or appraisal reports which typically mention where the projects are located Once this raw data has been collected AidData research assistants use our geocoding methodology and toolkit to identify each project s locations Two researchers are assigned to each project in a double blind process and a senior research assistant arbitrates between the two data entries if there is any discrepancy Once all of the projects have been geocoded the toolkit exports a data set which can then be imported back into the country s Aid Management Information System and visualized and analyzed through a GIS portal such as this one for Nepal Making the data public Partner countries sign a transparency pledge committing them to make their geocoded data publicly available through their public portal on aiddata org or

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2014/08/26/geocoding-101-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-visualizing-aid-and-development/ (2016-02-15)
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